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Straw Braid Hat (3D+10C)
Straw braid for making hats like those above may be obtained two ways, 1. Braid may be bought at some craft supply stores in large rolls, (see some of the kinds of braid to be found below),
2. Braid may be unraveled from existing straw braid items like hats and or placemats, and reused. Braid is usually very lightly stitched together, so it can be pulled out of the existing straw hat/mat just by pulling out these light stitches.
1 square = 1" (Ignore lining and covering pieces).
However by making different sized or shaped pieces, you can configure different hat types. Cut and tape the mock-up of the hat in the poster board to work out how you want the hat to look, pull it apart, and then copy the pieces in straw.
In both the above shown cases, each of the three pieces are made separately on the sewing machine (they can also be done by hand), and then they are lashed together with hand sewing to make the finished hat.
It is also possible, though more difficult, to make these hats as a single continuous spiral, which will make the hat have a more finished appearance up close.
The hat can then be trimmed to taste with ribbons, flowers, etc.
When your piece is finished, photograph the hat on the person for whom it was made and post the photos as jpgs in your File folder at the class eGroup. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.
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