A little hat restoration…

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After my recent fabulous feather workshop with Lindsay Whitehead I’m ready to start gentling tackling a little hat restoration.  This is to say restoration of a little hat, as there is quite a lot to do!

This beautiful little 1940s hat has definitely seen better days. There are one or two small bare patches where the feathers have moved, the fine veiling has needs mending or replacement and sadly the feather flower is beyond repair.

The hat band is pretty much dead, and I’m not a big fan of them anyway (they show up too much against my blue hair), so I think I’ll remove it all together and add wire inside instead. I’m hoping I can save the petersham which will need to be removed as part of the feather restoration process, but will have to wait and see on that one.

It’s always a question of restoration vs. refurbishment. How much do I keep original and how much do I replace? Personally I like keep as much original as I can; however it also needs to be practical. I’m a big believer in hats are meant to be worn. Unless it’s such a rare hat that belongs behind glass in a museum; and that’s certainly not the case with this one, which I picked up second hand for not a lot of money (probably because of its condition). But I do think it’s worth coaxing back to life with some TLC and lots and lots of patience.

I’ll post progress reports here as I go along. Please feel free to post any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. 🙂