Blocking a Wool Felt Hat Workshop

Creating a hat with two hands and your imagination is rewarding and fun. Three students recently completed the Basic Wool Felt Hat Blocking workshop at What a Great Hat! Each completed a hat from start to finish in the two-day class. The hats were completely hand blocked and hands sewn for a true couture experience. Well done everyone!

2016 kicks off a workshop a month at the What a Great Hat studio. Next up is how to make a Valentine’s Day fascinator on February 6 and then How to Embellish a Kentucky Derby Hat on April 2. Please email Paula at whatagreathat@gmail.com for details or to sign up. Happy hat-making!

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Hat of the Week

The hat of the week is inspired by fashion from the 1920s. I’m currently creating a hat for a historical costume from the 1920s and wanted to try this shape, since both the crown(top) and brim are traditional 1920s shapes. The costume hat will be made of felt to go with the outfit but I made a prototype in straw to take it for a “test drive.”

Will bring you photos of the final hat when I’m finished with it. In the meantime, enjoy this pretty summer hat and learn more about it in my Etsy Store.

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Hat of the Week

Hello hat lovers!

I just finished this dramatic hat for a fashion show in Alliance this coming Sunday. The free-form brim makes a unique style statement. Coupled with the fabulous feathers and handmade silk flower, it’s a real show-stopper. Is this your next Kentucky Derby hat?

Left side

Left side

Front

Front

Left front

Left front

Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

Today’s vintage hat is all about summer. Such pretty, delicate roses and violets are perched on the wavy brim of this garden-inspired beauty. It does not have a designer label and it’s completely stitched by hand, including the grosgrain ribbon edge. I’m guessing 1950s or early ’60s. It’s available in my Etsy store.

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In-Studio Perspectives

You know how much I love a good Kentucky Derby hat! Every year I submit a hat to the Kentucky Derby Museum’s annual contest. This year’s entry is hand blocked with a hand-sewn silk band around the brim edge.I made the polka-dot sinamay extensions the same way, attached them to the crown, and topped it all off with an oversize rose and hand-cut red feathers.

If selected, the hat will be on display in the museum for a year. I have been fortunate to have had a hat selected for display each of the past four years. Here’s this year’s entry…wish me luck!

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

 

In-Studio Perspectives

It sure doesn’t take long for me to make a mess of the studio. Before vacation, I had put everything away, tidied up, cleaned even. Today has been a blocking marathon with some other projects mixed in.

The biggest project I’m working on is my entry for the Kentucky Derby Museum Hat contest. It’s coming together with the red hat on the block, the polka dot sinamay and feathers. I will post a photo of the finished product next week.

Here’s a look at my formerly orderly workroom….

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Block

 

Style Monday

Here are a few of my favorite images from this year’s Kentucky Derby. There were dozens more photos of lovely hats, but the faces were completely obscured. I guess for me, a hat is more than just a hat…it’s an integral part of “the look.” The hat is a success when the person wearing it owns her look with confidence. Enjoy!

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