Grey straw button hat with a spray of silver-grey veiling and a trio of arrow cut feathers.
I have created this beautifully elegant hat from reclaimed, close weave, vintage straw. I have used the traditional millinery technique of hand-blocking to mould the pale grey straw into shape, thus forming the button base of the hat.
Meanwhile I have used a silver-grey veiling to create the voluminous flourish which adorns the top of the hat. This decorative netting gives added height and drama. I have also added three hand-cut feathers to the piece, adding dark grey hand-beading to each. This beadwork creates an accent colour, thereby adding interest to the otherwise monochrome palette.
I have chosen to leave the hat unlined. Instead, I have simply finished the inside with a coordinating grey petersham ribbon.
Dimensions of Hat
- Width (at its widest): approximately 17cm (6.5 inches)
- Height: approximately 4cm (1.5 inches)
- Circumference: approximately 53cm (21 inches)
The veiling adds approximately 13cm (5 inches) to the height of the design.
The feathers measure approximately 20cm (8 inches) and 23cm (9 inches) in length.
How to Wear this Hat
I have designed this small button hat to be worn to the right of the head, at a slight angle towards the face. I have also fitted the hat with a black adjustable elastic, which is used to secure the piece in place. This elastic is thin enough to be hidden in your hair, thereby creating the illusion that the hat is magically perched on the head.
Where to Wear this Hat
I created this hat with formal spring and summer events in mind. This hat would be perfect for a race day meet or a wedding. The lightweight and breathable straw will keep you cool in the heat. Meanwhile, the soft grey hue and delicate cloud of netting are just right for this time of year, while the feathers add structure to the design.
I will send your piece in an ivory hat box, which I carefully pack with acid free tissue paper, and finish with a pink satin ribbon. Storing your hat in this tissue-filled box will keep it in tip top condition for many years to come.
Although I don’t offer gift wrap for these designs, I can add a gift message card if you are gifting from a distance.
Please do complete your message in the box above, especially if you’d like it to be delivered direct to the lucky lass. Don’t forget to say who it is a gift for…and importantly, who it is from!
Looking For Something a Little Different?
I created this grey straw hat, with veiling and feathers, as a one-of-a-kind piece. However, I can use the design as inspiration for a bespoke order – creating something unique, tailored to your specifications. If you would like to discuss this option, please do drop me a message, and I will get back to you.
Visit my blog to find out more about the centuries-old techniques I use to create my one-of-a-kind pieces.
In my Hat Works Museum post, you’ll get an insight into how I mould the raw materials for this hat. In particular, you’ll discover the importance of wooden forms to the hat-making process, and get a glimpse of the sheer variety available!
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