> 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