Melody wrote on 6/2/2005 8:39 PM:
> I believe Denise Dreher, "From the Neck up" has a section on straw hats,
> de-construction and construction. You simply take apart a straw hat(the
> braid woven type) so it is a long length of straw braid,soak it in warm
> water for 5 mins.blot out and begin shaping into a hat crown via rolling
> it into a "rag rug" looking circle.When its the right diameter you start
> going for the side walls,stiching it all together. final step is the
> brim.You can make that as wide or narow as you want.
> This is a rough description of the process, you can check out the book.
> Solves you "pin head problem" (my son who is 28, wears a 6 1/4 hat, or
> a large kids size.)
> Susan Farmer wrote:
> > My problem with straw hats is that I have such a tiny, little pin-head
> > (ok, I hear those snickers out there .....) that my *ears* keep them
> > up! I can't find straw hats small enough that I can wear! And the
> > hair is so fine, it's of *no* help at all!
> > *sigh*
> > Jerusha
Jas Townsend sells straw hat braid - 1 lb for $7.50 (they say it should
be enough for 2-3 broad brimmed hats)
- Elinor Salter