Here is my new hat, so far. Purdy ain’t it? :> I’ve discovered two tricks that will make this much easier to make than the last one.
Last time around I shaped the straw by wetting, weighting and then letting it sit overnight to dry. I’ve discovered an iron with lots of steam does the same thing. Not only is it faster but I have more control in the shaping as well. Just be sure to allow the straw to cool completely after steaming/pressing and then tally ho!
It also occurred to me that it would be much easier to cover the hat then assemble it instead of the other way around (as I did last time). So that is what I am going to do.
Oh the cleverness of me! *grin*