how to make wire frame hats

Make hats from wire? Yes! It’s an age-old technique which is well worth learning. This book, which brings the method into the twenty-first century, will tell you how to create whole hats using wire. The pieces you create can either be left as bound frames so that their interesting shapes can be seen, or covered with fabric to look more like a conventional hat. Hat crowns or brims can be created separately and combined with conventional brims and crowns. This allows you scope to create different styles and to go beyond the dictates of your block shapes. Many of the hats we show have terrific ‘wow’ factor and will, we are sure, inspire you to new creative heights! Many vintage styles can also be re-created: the snug fitting, feather covered hats of the 40’s were often made using wire frames, so if you are interested in these styles, this book is a ‘must’ for you.

Very little special equipment is required – in fact, you could make several of the hats we show with only some reels of wire and some wire cutters. The method is easily learned and wonderful new designs are sure to be the result.

A beautiful hat made by Sue Anderson. The wire frame has been bound with ‘distressed’ black organza strips, and the hat adorned with feathers, veiling, organza flowers and bow.

A wire frame hat begins to take shape. Later it will be covered in gauzy fabric and become a real garden party piece.

Wendy White has combined a sinamay crown with a wire frame brim adorned with bright red feathers. Almost any shape of brim could be created in this way.