Hat Styles – What to Wear?

One of my favourite accessories to make in felt is a HAT.
A hat can make a real difference to an outfit. It can be elegant and smart, casual and fun or just simply say something about your own individual style. Of course it’s a practical way to keep warm too!
Frequently I hear people say ‘I love hats but I don’t suit them’ . This is surely a myth?
It’s all about choosing the best style for your face shape.

Round Face
Adding height with a high crown and a narrow brim will flatter the face and help to detract from the width. Hat styles such a trilby or a fedora would be perfect for this face shape.
Avoid: Floppy hats and berets

Long Face
Here the key is to shorten the face length by choosing hats with a shallow crown and a wide brim. Hats such as cloche styles and boaters would work well.
Avoid: Beanies

Square Face
A floppy hat or cloche style will soften the wider jaw line and add a glamourous look while berets will create a rounded look to the face.
Avoid: Fedoras

Heart-shaped Face
Any hat that will narrow the forehead will balance out the narrow jawline. Fine beanies and baseball caps will not add any additional width to the forehead. Narrow brimmed fedoras will also look good.
Avoid: Floppy hats, wide brims

Microwave Dyeing of Fabrics

Welcome to my blog!

I hope this will be a place where I can share some of my knowledge and answer any queries you may have on your creative journey.

dyed fabrics microwave feltFeel the fear and do it anyway’ is a phrase that comes to mind when I think about my first forays into the dyeing of fabrics. From the beginning I knew very little about colour mixing and was extremely reluctant to do anything which might damage my beautiful natural silk if I got it wrong.

How should I do it anyway?
I soon realised, however, that the opportunities to purchase dyed fabric were very limited and if I wanted to use it in lots of projects then it was going to prove very expensive and therefore unsustainable long term. In any case it was very unlikely that I would always get the colours I had in mind.
Then I discovered the book ‘Dyeing to Colour’ by Bailey Curtis.
This fabulous book published in 2001, covers many aspects of dyeing all sorts of fabrics and fibres including recipes for each process and makes it all seem very easy. It is well laid out with lots of images, space for note making and comes spiral bound for ease of use.
The secret to success is to work small-scale, play with colour mixing and different effects and get quick results. For me the microwave is the perfect tool, but if you do intend to use it please ensure you keep a separate one for cooking!
Have fun!