I have woven a henin from 11/64 flat basket reed. I posted the
pictures under a folder called henin in the photo section.
I am wearing the hat with a seperate loop band rather than
attatching the loop to the hat. I do not have pictures of me
wearing the hat yet, I'm re-working my band right now, but I will
post that when I get it.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that people have. I
also was talking with some ladies at Pennsic about the wire form
construction. Anyone know more details about this form of
Eleanor le Brun
> I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that people have. II've done wire construction and overall, I think it's less than ideal,
> also was talking with some ladies at Pennsic about the wire form
> construction. Anyone know more details about this form of
and less likely to be historical than some more resilient structure.
How does the reed one feel? Any particular insights you can share with us?
Cynthia Virtue and/or
Cynthia du Pré Argent
The one time in my life I visit Loch Ness and I miss getting to see a
virgin sacrifice by a few days. That's just my luck. -- Alex Boese on
the plan by the British White Witches to sacrifice a female virgin and
some veggies to bring Nessie up from the depths of Loch Ness in Sept '04
> How does the reed one feel? Any particular insights you can sharewith us?
I think that it is really light. The hat is 22 inches long and only
weighs 8 ounces. I have not done the wire method to tell if this is
light or heavy. It feels lighter than the plastic canvas ones I
have done. It wears really well and I don't notice it being there on
The first one I wove from the head opening to the point. It was
very hard to control the cone shape and it turned out rather smurf
hat shaped. The one I showed the picts of was woven from the point
to the head and it was very easy to control the shape, I just added
bents when the weave started to feel too loose as it got larger. It
was a bit hard to control how long the hat was to get the right
All in all it was very easy to weave, once I got it started. I
think the next time I do it I'll weave from the middle to each end.
To see how that goes. Another change I would make is cutting the
long bents that go the length of the hat I would cut at least 6
inches longer than the desired length of the hat. I only cut it 2
inches longer and I wanted to make the hat just a few rounds longer
to get a little bit bigger around my head, but I ran out of room.
I bought the reed at countryseat.com The smallest size flat reed
they had was 11/64 and only about 4$ for a 1/2 pound coil, and I can
weave two hats from one of 1/2 pound coil. So fairly cheep to do.
Try it! It was fun!
Eleanor le Brun
- Thanks for sharing your information and pictures! I've always wondered how difficult it would be to make headdress structures by weaving reeds. I've cut already-woven hats apart but never done the weaving myself.
Your headdress looks really sturdy. Do you have any problems with the top sagging? Can you shape the opening to your head, or is that necessary?
I'd love to see a picture of you in it.
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> Your headdress looks really sturdy. Do you have any problems withthe top sagging? Can you shape the opening to your head, or is that
>The hat is very sturdy. It can be broken by steping on it I assume,
but it is not fragile. It has great shape "memory" You can squish
it and it bounces right back. You can shape the hat by getting the
reed wet and forming it into the shape you'd like. I left the
bottom of the hat round. I think this helps it stay on, I have to
slightly defmorm the bottom of the hat to fit on my head, and it
tries to return to its original shape, lightly pressing on my head.
It is not uncomfortable.
Basket weavers cover your ears, I have no experience weaving baskets
so I may be doing this all wrong. :)
This is the nitty-gritty of how I wove the hat.
The hat was easy to weave, once I got it started, that was a bit
tough. I wove the hat while the reeds were wet to keep them
flexible. I made a ring of reed the size opening of the end of the
hat, I tied with thread the main long bents to this ring to hold
them in place. This seemed to require 8 arms of an octopus to hold
all the pieces in place while I tried to wrap thread around the
reeds. The thread kept getting tangled around everything. And I
could not find my linen thread so I was using regular polycotton
thread and it kept breaking. Also you need to have an odd number of
bents at all times to do the weaving in the round, so you will be in
the opposite position of going over or under at the begining of each
round. This means when you add bents you need to add them in
pairs. After I got all the bents on I stated weaving. Later I
removed the thread and the ring. I increased the size of the hat by
pushing back about 1/2 inch of reed per round at the begining, much
more later on. When the weave was getting loose I added more bents
two at a time next to eachother, each time I added I added to a
different side of the hat.
Eleanor le Brun