Re: Straw Braid Hat Makers
- 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.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Joannah Hansen
> Hi, Judy,our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls' braided-straw
> Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of
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 availablecommercially?
> Honestly, I personally think that you would find it easier ( andpossibly 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.are
> --- "themadcouture2001" <THEMADCouture@a...> 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
> commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is tohats
> have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
> anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid
> for dolls here???
> Thanks!!! Judy
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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"