Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The evolution of the free standing heads or hat stands

This is how the basic free-standing head has evolved so far.

During the weekend of November 6th and 7th I was challenged by members of the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild to make wicker hat stand forms (free standing heads) on which to display hats. My first models were similar to the one shown here and were very well received.

A local member of the Red Hat Society was also intrigued with the hat stands and willingly allowed me to show off her hats on the free standing heads.

Over the last few days I have been experimenting with more complicated shapes for the hat stands. Could I give them a more realistic shape? This particular design lent itself to a form that included a distinctive and delightful nose. And the addition of a couple of extra inches to the original design height meant that it could be used to exhibit both a hat and a scarf.

This photo, and the one that graces the beginning of this blog, shows how well the evolved form can be used to enhance both hats and scarves in displays.

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