(Or should I say "I needed a creative energy outlet, the heck with moving time!" ?)
You should know the drill by now. Take one straw hood (aka "cone")
Dunk or spray hood with water that has unflavored gelatin added to provide sizing.
And in this case, since the hood was an antique gold color, I'm added some tropical blue dye as well.
I'm aiming for an avocado hue.
(Bernie on the other hand is going for the blanched white in horror hue when he realizes that I have a pot of dye on our stove top...this after being scrupulously careful to not get anything in the kitchen stained or dirty. It was fine, I knew what I was doing. Sorta. Anyway, no dye impacted the pristine counter top. Whew.)
The more pinches and folds the merrier!
Hmmm...it isn't quite there yet.
I think the creases need to be softened, and the crown deepened.
The back is great though.
I like how the top of the crown (the tip) looks from the back.
The more tilt, the more attitude.
Funny how even the inanimate model seems to change expressions with the each change of the hat tilt.
The brim is taking on personality and doing what I call a "potato chip"; it will never lay totally flat unless it is cut into an oval shape instead of a circle. The wearer will choose where to have the dip and where to have the lift.
I sew in a small bead as a marker from which one can remember how the hat was put on the head. Right now I'm calling the bead "the back". But the next time it is worn, the bead may be at the side, or even in front!
It is tempting to tug it further down on my head.
But since this hat has not been made for me to wear, I will let it's owner decide what is the right amount of tug needed, and will put her own shapings to make the hat look uniquely right on her.
Can you guess who that will be?
Hint #1: Tiggie and her kitty correspond regularly.
Hint #2: She has a tree in her back yard that grows the most delicious avocados.
Hint #3: She and Bernie went to college together.
Hint #4: She is creating a custom hat pin for the hat from her own bead collection.
Go to this link to see who is Birthmonth rocking in the hat!