In part one of this tutorial, you learned the
basic constructions for a flat crowned, wide brimmed hat. Now
comes the fun part. Your decorations and trimmings can be elaborate
or simple, colorful or monochromatic, modern or Victorian. You can
do a very tailored look using bunka and minimal trims, or a fussy
Victorian look with flowers, feathers, lace, ribbons or just about
anything else your imagination can come up with!
Here are a few basic techniques to get you started
Pleated Ribbon Trim
||My bowmaking tool is simply a needle placed into a wooden
handle. The length of the needle determines the size of the
bow. The loops of the bow will be 1/2 as long as the length
of the ribbon, and I have made these tools in a variety of sizes
so that I can make my bows any size I need.
||Put 7mm piece of silk ribbon over the needle, leaving a tail if
desired. Put a tiny drop of glue on the ribbon next to the
||Hold the ribbon down on the tool, and pull the long end of the
ribbon up the full length of the needle tool, then insert the
needle into the ribbon and push down into the glue, forming a loop.
||Turn your tool slightly, and repeat, making another loop.
||Continue in this manner till your bow is full and fluffy.
On the last loop, measure the ribbon against the needle, and cut
ribbon just beyond this. Turn under the end of the ribbon
before pushing the needle thru to hide the end of the ribbon
inside this last loop.
||Add ribbon tails to your bow if desired. Be sure to cut
the ends of the tail at an angle, or fishtail them so that they
||Pleat very wide silk ribbon and cover the entire underside of
||Fill in areas between silk ribbon roses with lots of ribbon
loops. Just apply glue to the area, and use your needle tool
to make loops and push into glue. Remember to turn the
ribbon to different angles as you work, so that your loops won't
all be facing the same direction. Stop occasionally and add
a rose or two, and a leaf, and keep looping. This is easy,
and oh so elegant.
Tulle, netting, bridal illusion.... no matter what you
call it, it is a favorite fabric for trimming a hat. Look for the
finest tulle you can find, usually in the bridal section of your fabric
store. Make sure that it is soft and pliable. And since it
usually comes 108" wide, an eighth of a yard will last you a long,
||Make fluffy tulle bows, using a length of tulle 1" x
12". Fold long raw edges to inside, form loops and tack
center of bow with needle and thread. Spread netting in
loops out till full and fluffy.
You can also gather up tulle and wrap it around the crown of
your hat for a fluffy hatband.
||Use bunka or tiny braid to accent the edges of your
brim, or to outline the top of a crown.
||Use bunka to cover the area between the brim and
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