You can create the most beautiful and well fit hat designs for your dolls by simply easing the straw braid in and out as needed for your design. In designing doll hats, especially those of straw braid, I have found a wonderful use for my small treasures of fabrics, trims, laces and findings. Not large enough for most projects but too beautiful to waste I use these to embellish both cloth and straw hats. We have unlimited choices for our designs with so many colors and varieties of straw hat braid available to us today.
The straw braid is so versatile in designing not only for the antique reproductions but also for our modern dolls as well. And as it takes so little braid to make a small hat, it also takes not as much time as you would think. In measuring the doll’s head I use a circle template. I simply place the template over the doll’s head to the depth my design requires. I now use this size from the template to measure my progress as I sew the straw braid. Please remember to take into account the doll’s hairstyle when measuring.
Let us begin with a “Mary Stuart” style straw braid hat for a Petite Milette.
Matching thread - use single thread to sew straw (wax thread for strength or use a Quilter’s 100% cotton glazed thread
Milliners needle - these are long and sharp
10” of size 23 hat wire
Trims and embellishments of your choice
After completing 3 fold backs on one side, rather than folding back when you come to the opposite side again, continue this row down and around back of hat and then again, all around hat, making an additional 2 rows as shown in this photo.End the last row easing the end of straw under the preceding row, keeping a nice continuous curve along edge as in Diagram G. Cut straw braid and dot end with glue to secure it under preceding row. Knot and cut thread.Attach wire to the underside of brim edge with an overcast stitch. Shape wired edge brim to your design shape. Glue or sew lace to underside of brim to cover wire. Decorate to your hearts content!
By Teresa Wenzel
Terry sells some of her fabulous Antique laces and trim on her Etsy site: Evertales.etsy.com
She also has doll millinery patterns for sale on minidolls.com.
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