I've prepared a video for you showing some of the designs I created while at play. All of the hats in the video started and ended with a single pink straw hat body. Each hat was shaped in the hand--no hat blocks were used. After each design was completed, it was reshaped into another shape, then another shape until I became exhausted reshaping and photographing each design. The color variations of the designs are due to the lighting (day or night light), camera settings, and in some cases, the color was manipulated using image processing software.
Part 2 of this series will show some of the steps I used (stitching, wiring, etc.) to create the support structure for these designs. As always, I've used an unconventional method. Did you notice that I said that I would show some of the steps? That's because I've been trying to figure out some way to reward my site members for taking the time to follow me. "Page Views" are very important to a Web site; so, I prefer to concentrate on my current followers first, and continue to work hard to create the type of content that will attract new followers. I've been experimenting with a password protected page where members can go to pick up extra tips that will not be available to nonmembers. I don't have everything worked out yet, so please be patient.
Password Protected Page for Site Followers
Please Note! This is not a membership drive. Currently I have 309 followers on this site. Only the current members will be given a password, if requested. You will have to request a password because not all of my followers make hats. Some are just here to support me and others just love hats. My plan is, and this may change, to post the extra tips and information on the password protected page for two to four weeks. Then it will be taken down. New followers will have access to new tips and information, but no one will have access to old information because at some point the old information will be taken down. So please, if you would like to follow me understand that for this post, only current members will have access to additional tips. You will only be eligible for future tips and information as they come up.
Current Members. Most of you receive email notices when new posts are published. If your user name is a part of your email address, just leave a comment asking me to send you a password. Your user name must be unique for me to identify it. If you do not get automatic updates, please sign up for them. See sidebar for "Subscribe Via Email." I will compile a mass mailing, with each of you receiving a "bcc (blind carbon copy)" so that others will not see your email address. I figure that it will take me a little over a week to get the passwords to you. After that time I will have to stop accepting requests because it would just take too much time to be constantly processing passwords. So, this is new for me and for you also. If it works I will continue this practice, if not I will discontinue it. Please leave questions and comments so I can assist you.
I hope you enjoy the movie I have prepared for you. You will have to view it in full screen to take advantage of the full color effects.