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Re: Straw Braid Hat Makers

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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 1 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???
      >
      > 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 2 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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