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Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Straw Braid Hat Makers

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  • Joannah Hansen
    Hi, Judy, Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls braided-straw hats, in mulfiple
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 4, 2004
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      Hi, Judy,
      Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls' braided-straw hats, in mulfiple sizes, are available to buy ( in the craft section ). Have you looked at any of the specialist dolls supply shops? Or teddy-bear-making supply shops?
      Are you wanting a particular style which isn't available commercially?
      Honestly, I personally think that you would find it easier ( and possibly faster ) to sew them together by hand. I find that if it is something small and odd shaped, then sewing it by hand ends up being faster and a lot easier to control/manipulate.
      My two cents worth.
      joannah

      --- "themadcouture2001" <THEMADCouture@...> wrote:


      I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I
      could, but don't really know where to buy a straw hat sewing
      machine. I've seen a couple on the internet, but I believe they are
      commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is to
      have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
      anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid hats
      for dolls here???

      Thanks!!! Judy







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    • themadcouture2001
      Thanks Joannah. I ve done sooo many searches, and there are some available, but I want a better quality, and more colors. I can t find that in US. I don t
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 5, 2004
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        Thanks Joannah. I've done sooo many searches, and there are some
        available, but I want a better quality, and more colors. I can't
        find that in US. I don't know if the ones you have there are the
        same as we carry here or not. If you have a web address, I would be
        happy to look. And I actually did try and sew them by hand, and it's
        quite a bit of work. I just don't have the time to donate that kind
        of work for a hat and then still decorate it. But thanks for your
        help!! I appreciate any input here.

        Judy


        --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Joannah Hansen
        <Joannah@s...> wrote:
        > Hi, Judy,
        > Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of
        our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls' braided-straw
        hats, in mulfiple sizes, are available to buy ( in the craft
        section ). Have you looked at any of the specialist dolls supply
        shops? Or teddy-bear-making supply shops?
        > Are you wanting a particular style which isn't available
        commercially?
        > Honestly, I personally think that you would find it easier ( and
        possibly faster ) to sew them together by hand. I find that if it is
        something small and odd shaped, then sewing it by hand ends up being
        faster and a lot easier to control/manipulate.
        > My two cents worth.
        > joannah
        >
        > --- "themadcouture2001" <THEMADCouture@a...> wrote:
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        > I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I
        > could, but don't really know where to buy a straw hat sewing
        > machine. I've seen a couple on the internet, but I believe they
        are
        > commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is to
        > have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
        > anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid
        hats
        > for dolls here???
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        > Thanks!!! Judy
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      • bearhedded
        I m not sure if they even make straw machines anymore. Manny s Millinery, in New York, offers used ones, once in awhile, but it takes some practice to use one.
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 7, 2004
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          I'm not sure if they even make straw machines anymore.
          Manny's Millinery, in New York, offers used ones, once in awhile,
          but it takes some practice to use one. Those clumsy hats in doll
          supply catalogs are made on those same machines, keep in
          mind! The bulky straw they use doesn't add any grace.

          It's easier to use woven straw for doll hats, and cover the raw
          edge with straw braid or other trim. Plaited straw can be laced
          together, as you would a braided rug, but it's a big pain to make
          that first round!

          I buy old straws that are nearly paper thin, when I can find them,
          and I can get 5-7 hats out of 1 fedora. My dolls average 20-24"
          in height.

          bh
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