> I'm glad a hat question came up, I have a couple myself, I just picked up a
> wool felt hat at Birka, all blocked and everything, However I want to pin
> up one side and I also want to get a big feather. What kind of a pin do I
> need to pin the thick felt? I googled a few times to look for feathers and
> after looking at several websites I haven't found what I wanted... I kind of
> got my heart set on a pink ostrich feather. I have sun issues as well.
Bear with me for a second, every so often the authenticity hound in me has to be placated...
We're all aware that the hat pinned up to one side with feathers is really only "period" for Cavalier stuff, right? Super quick Google search says English Civil War, which was... what, mid 1600s? If the original poster is looking at something earlier, he's best off to leave the brim "flat" and decorate it with a hat band or if he's really early, just wear it plain...
Thanks, I'm better now.
As for the question I've quoted, how do you pin it up... I've got direct experience with a couple of the felt hat blanks that have been pinned to shape (I own two, my husband has two - a dear milliner friend did the modifications). Ours were steamed to give a rough shape (really, hold it over a steaming teakettle so you can direct the steam some) and then two holes were made through the crown & the brim with an awl and they are held together with ribbon. My husband's tricorn is tied so that you can hardly see the ribbon on the outside, it ties inside the crown. Our other hats are tied so that the bow on the ribbon is part of the "flourish" (I know there's an actual name for that...) Hmm, it occurs to me... one of my hats is a variation on the Elizabethan "Tall Hat" with the brim pinned up in back (sort of a Tall-Hat-Meets-Landsknecht sort of look), that may have been done with just a long pin, sort of like what you would get with a floral corsage.
If that doesn't make sense let me know and I can try and get a good picture of the ribbon on mine. No promises though - we are dealing with black satin and black felt and I don't have a light box.
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