Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Figure 8 Easy 2* & My Beautiful Poupée

She's cute OK.
This is my beautiful poupée! I haven't named her yet.  Cristina de Prada who writes the fantastic blog "The Rantings of a Mad Hatter Wannabe" sent her to me along with her brother Joaquin. I love both of them!! What a treat a beautiful poupée and a dude with swag. Who could ask for more? Oh yeah, I could ask for more.. Cristina and Peter here too. Luv!!!

Here's how to make a fast and simple Figure 8 clamp style hat.  The Photos are what they are I used my iPhone. 

List of supplies: 
32" of spring wire,  1 wire joiner,  32 1/2" of  Fabric Tubing ( or I made felt tubing from a felt rounding),  Trim.

I measured 32"spring wire and attached the joiner on one end

I sewed a tube from an old felt rounding using the guide.

The wire was threaded through the felt tubing. The wire was joined with the joiner and the ends sewn together. 
Twist the round covered wire into an 8 shape. It will make a clicking noise. Pin where you want the Hinge to the clamp to be.

Sew the connection together

I added a 1 1/2"x 1" piece of felt to cover the connection
Bad Photo..Deal
Finished and........
clamped on my Beautiful Poupée

I trimmed it with a vintage berry vine

Yeah, She's Cute.


Cristina - madhatter wannabe said...

Thank you for the compliments! Peter and I also wish we could have visited you along with my brother.
The poupee looks wonderful with your creations on top!
You're great :)


Armando y Montez said...

Thanks Cristina, everything is from my new heart! You are the absolute tops!! If the ticker holds out... Barcelona 2012!
I love my poupee! I've named her Clara.

mon bibi said...

Wow, it looks stunning and still simple. Awesome idea! I can't wait for the Spring to come. Still 2-3 months to go...

Armando y Montez said...

Mon Bibi, it's very simple and versatile. Many hats can be made on this frame and you don't need any other fasteners. Just make sure the wire is "Steel Spring Wire". I look forward to seeing what you'll do with it!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Lucky you I have wanted one of those for years!
My figure 8 cheat: I thread the wire into a chenille tube and go from there.

Armando y Montez (Susan Murphy) said...

Hey Jill Great Tip! I'm going to try it. Do you make you own chenille tube? Thanks for the super tip!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

You can buy Chenille tubing (sometimes) from fly fishing supply stores (check on line -search chenille tubing) or an eBay for vintage.

Almost time for fall millinery! Love fall!

Armando y Montez said...

Thank You Jill I will look for some of that tubing.I'm debating on making some tubing out of some velvet I have,on second thought I'll search out the chenille! . I agree about fall,I love fall and miss fall. Now that I'm back in LA there's little seasonal change. BOOO!