Technique: Candy/Cello Straw - Hat #1
Technique: Hat #2
Whereas the previous hat was sewn in-the-round, this hat was not. In order to create this hat, I sewed several individual rows of straw together, forming a rectangular shape of straw fabric. Rather than overlapping the straw, I sewed these rows together by butting them edge-to-edge and then lacing leather cord through every other edge loop. I then put the straw rectangle onto the balsa block, overlapping it to form a "V," and finally sewing the two sides into place. Since my trim would be placed where the straw was sewn, there was no need to use invisible stitches.
Almost all straw braid has a drawstring running along the inside of one or both of its edges. I took advantage of this drawstring to gather one edge of a strip of straw to form a self-trim. I also created a long metal button, added a jade bead for extra accent, and finally, I attached this trim to the hat.
Technique: Straw Cap With Suede Visor Hat #3
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