I hand beaded the print fabric with seed beads, cowrie shells, and just about anything else I could find in my bead box that I felt complemented the fabrics. This hat actually took me longer than the other three hats I submitted, but I was determined to submit a flat pattern hat this year. I wanted to make something simple--no cap, no beret. I wanted to make something that could be utilized for more than one purpose. What about a hat that could double as a purse as the envelope hats of the 1940s, but taller and more flexible in style. OK, that would work! ...and it did. I made the crown tall so that it could be formed into many shapes. Who knows, I may even cover a pair of shoes with the remaining fabric and carry the hat as a clutch purse. I have to admit, I was please with the results of my toil.
4 months ago