sculpting a hat with sinamay

Today in class we worked on sculpting a hat with our sinamay. I used the sinamay I dyed. Before dying, It was one big square that I cut along the bias to make two triangle pieces. So the idea was to pin it to your head block and start playing around with it.

First things first. You can either roll the edges for a clean look or unravel them for a more wilder look. I decided to roll them. It took a good while and made my thumbs hurt, but it was worth it.

rolling the edges of the sinamay so it doesn’t fray

Then I put my two pieces together and folded them in half to create a band to go around the head. I then pinned it around my head block. I had both ends sticking out and decided to twist them around and created something that reminds me of a flower. Now I have these big pieces to play around with and figure out what I think looks best.

starting off

I kept changing the sides and re-pinning the pieces since I didn’t like the way it came out the first time. The first time I had the pieces curve on both sides, didn’t like it, so I took all the pins out and decided to move it all to one side.

what I ended up with

The last step is tacking where all the pins are with thread so all the pieces stay in place.

all pieces are tacked – ready to wear!

I had a small piece left over and sculpted a little head piece. I’m either going to put it on a headband or put a comb on it.

left over pieces