Here is a tutorial for making a 1960s-style whimsy hat.
Here are some posts that, while not complete with instructions, you might find useful if you are interested in learning to make hats:
- Free hat patterns from The Australian Women's Weekly from the 1950s
- Cutting, resewing and reshaping a straw hat (version 1)
- Cutting, resewing and reshaping a straw hat (version 2)
- Re-blocking a cheap sinamay hat
- Re-blocking a cheap straw and sinamay hat
- Re-blocking a plain felt hat
On with the original post, which is just a story of my creative process, with neurotic commentary.
5:33 pm. Home from work. Cats fed. Time to put the kettle on.
5:38 pm. Phase one blocked. This is the last of the felts I had lying around from years ago, and it turns out to be a fur. I could tell right away as it worked into shape so smoothly. Damn I wish fur didn't grow on animals. Can't you just shear them or something? Little tiny bunny haircuts? *sigh* Time to feed the cats some more and let the felt dry a bit.
6:09 pm. Doubt design idea. Look at other hats on Pinterest and change plans multiple times. Have conviction. Doubt. Repeat. Finally grab the scissors, remember that it doesn't have to be perfect, and there's plenty more felt out there. Cut into it!
6:16 pm. Looks like bunny ears. Panic and leave the room.
6:19 pm. Check original sketch. Should have done that first. But there is hope.
6:29 pm. Less like bunny ears. Not zero, but less. Add some more elements. Starting to look like a hat for grown ups. Basic design finished. Time to start neatening up.
6:37 pm. Chair back falls off. I was wondering where that knob came from.
7:07 pm. Mushroom burgers and NCIS
8:02pm. Back to work. Sewing tacking stitches where required to keep the shape. More edge neatening.
8:17 pm. Rummage through beads and other bits n' pieces for the final touch. Wish for nice new pretty stuff instead of random bits of old jewellery and things cut off other things. Find something good. Stop wishing for new things.
8:28 pm. Still needs a comb or elastic but otherwise done. Enough for tonight.
8:42 pm. Post on blog. Wish for a pretty clear bright workspace without old teddy bear curtains.
8:44 pm and onwards. Keep wondering if it looks like bunny ears. I may have bunnies on the brain.