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« on: August 16, 2009 08:38:33 AM »

OK not really a hundred, but it sounds good! These hats were whipped up in a 4-day period, photographed, printed, and became the bulk of my portfolio! How's that for procrastination? Aside from some repurposed materials (most of which came from Goodwill anyway), everything used to make these hats came from Joann. Traditional methods for buckram construction, done up mostly with plastic canvas and hot glue (or Fabritac, love that stuff) instead!

Start with my favorite and work backwards, I guess! This is a wet-look vinyl pillbox hat, probably one of the only ones in the world?? It's mostly held together with hot glue. I started out with epoxy, but clamping this vinyl dented it so I went out and bought a(nother) hot glue gun. The epoxy left a lot of shmutz around the edge of the hat. I needed something to cover it, but it was impossible to cut the vinyl without the white knit lining showing. PUFF PAINT. I have always loved it for stencilling, it gives results like silk screen and holds up well. It also dries to almost the same sheen as the vinyl, and you can make little spikes with it! I really am a goth kid at heart, hahah.

Asia modeling one of the only other vinyl pillbox hats in existance... this one is red wet look vinyl decorated with white garage sale price stickers for polkadots. Once I got going I was whipping up the base for a pillbox hat in probably 30-45 minutes.

This has been affectionately dubbed "the Bra Bow Hat". Grey crepe back satin and little silver nailhead bows glued on! They were from my grandmother's stash and I still have a few hundred of them, expect more like this. I love this hat, I like to wear it out with my grey silk harem pants. You ever want more attention from guys at a bar, wear a pretty hat! Or you know, look like Megan does, that helps too hahahah.

Plastic canvas stitched with black acrylic yarn = high fashion crafting! Plastic canvas is really a fun material, plus those circles are 20 or 30 cents. Rad. My friends are telling me I need to mail the bow hat to Lady Gaga to see if she'll wear it out, hahaha.

The 5th element series! The blue and white is plastic lawnchair webbing that I found at a thrift store. It has a really fun hand to it, you can twist it into all kinds of voluminous swirls. Plus, it's thin enough to sew by machine, so I was able to make a hat entirely out of it. No inner support or anything! The other is gingham covered plastic canvas with a webbing flourish. Also, it fits the dog.

Last one! Ironically, the first one I made. This was lighter weight plastic canvas that I already had on hand, the hats worked a lot better after I bought the heavier weight and stitched with yarn instead of thread. It's taller, smaller, and covered in scraps from a cashmere cardigan I felted and cut up. It also yielded a beret and a turban-style hat, which I'm going to put up in another post. If you look really close, you can also see the eyepatch I made for my fabulous creature when his glass eye got broken.

What do you think? I had a ton of fun putting these together, it really made me think differently about my materials.

« Last Edit: August 16, 2009 08:49:43 AM by littlepierre » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009 10:07:17 AM »

FANTASTIC!  The methods, the materials, the outcome... everything!  I'm eager to see another post with the hats you mentioned. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009 11:13:57 AM »

Wow wonderful where was your post 2 weeks ago when I needed pics to base a hat off of. Great job but how do you get them to stay on the head. That is the problem I am having.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009 03:03:15 PM »

Plastic canvas hats! GENIUS!

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009 03:23:00 PM »

Beth- they all have the very thin black cord elastic glued or tied in under the edge, it goes around under the hair and blends in very well most of the time.

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009 04:06:26 PM »

I love them all!
So unique and well photographed too!
Great work!!!
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009 12:53:36 AM »

I would never have guessed the polka dots were just stickers! I have a weakness for polka dots so that hat is my favorite but theyre all beautiful!

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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2009 07:08:11 AM »

These are great!
I really love the lawnchair webbing hats!

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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2009 09:39:21 AM »

they're all wonderful! & very creative use of materials Smiley
my favourites are the bow & polka dot ones.

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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2009 10:58:01 AM »

Ah, YES, Fabritac has saved me bum more than once.  A dog wearing a hat?! BANANAS!

Great work.  I wish I could go to millinery school!

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