I love to experiment with new materials and I'd heard about a fabric called Fosshape, used primarily for costume making but also suitable for millinery. This is the description of it taken from their website, rather than me waffle on
'Fosshape is a unique patented non woven fabric. The breathable fabric can be cut to shape with scissors and sewn to itself or other fabrics. So what makes it unique?.......... Fosshape can be heated with a domestic steamer [or hot air gun] to form any shape. When heated the material will shrink and become stiff. Its breathable properties and very light weight make it ideal for stiffening costumes and making large headgear and costume props.'
and this is where the fun begins..
The sample was about 10 inches by 5 inches, and rather than cut it up and sew it, I thought it best just to try a simple shape at first. Decision was made to make a small half hat, and I cut the fabric into the shape I wanted ( I know...it looks a bit like an eye mask!)
I covered the head in a layer of wadding and then 3 layers of tin foil to protect it.
This is it once cool and hardened..
Once I have played with this hat base a bit more....I will let you know how it goes... and pics will follow
cheers for now, have fun and enjoy the sun xx