Hot tip: When you are in a hurry use your hair dryer to dry the paint, it usually dries in less than a minute.
Positioning your Quills
Play around with your quills and the base of your hat to see what position looks the best. Make sure you do this in the mirror. Try different combinations by placing them on different sides.
Once you know where you want to place them, you can usually sew them on, depending how thick your base is.
If your base is too thick and there is a layer of fabric covering the base, you can sew it onto that. Alternatively, if you think it will hold and wont be visible, you can glue your quills on.
Sewing on your Quills
Using a needle and thread, pierce a hole through the centre of the quill near one end.
Secure it in place before sewing through the hat base, then wrap the thread around the stem a couple of times to hold it.
Sew back up through the base, wrap around the quill and back into the base. Do this a few times until it feels secure and finish at the back. Easy!
After sewing on the quills if the thread doesn’t match the quill then I would paint it too.
Next time you give it a try, send me a photo of your (now completely original) creation! I’ll come back and add some of your photos to this post.
For more hat embellishing ideas, read my post about how to resuse and revamp your millinery. And if you’re looking to rent or buy a hat, check out Millinery Market, an online millinery marketplace where you can browse hundreds of hat listings from milliners and race enthusiasts from across Australia.
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