Miss Kendra's Cabaret Chapeau arose out of this conversation at the WeHo Stitch N' Bitch two meetings ago...
Miss Kendra: Faith, I want to make a hat for my trip to Vegas. How do I go about doing this?
LadyLinoleum: (I pipe up) What kind of hat?
Faith enters the meeting area at the Old Farmers Market and is plunking down her supplies for the evening onto our table. Faith is not only our SNB leader, but she is an accomplished milliner.
Miss Kendra: (motioning with her hands atop her head like she's holding said chapeau at a slight angle) You know, one of those little black cabaret hats with a netted veil.
LadyLinoleum: Oh, like a cigarette girl?
Miss Kendra: Yeah.
LadyLinoleum: (toward Faith) She needs buckram right?
Faith: Yes and you (turning to Miss Kendra) can get it in Downtown (LA).
Miss Kendra: What's buckram?
LadyLinoleum: (laughing) I'll make you the hat.
Miss Kendra: How?
LadyLinoleum: I'll crochet it of course and it won't look crocheted.
Miss Kendra: Is that a bad thing?
LadyLinoleum: No. I mean, you'll notice the hat, not the medium it was made from.
Miss Kendra: Will it stand up if it's crocheted?
LadyLinoleum and Faith: Absolutely.
Miss Kendra: Okay, you have until next Thursday.
Before leaving SNB I requested pictures from Miss Kendra of said dream hat. She sent these to my electronic post box the following day:
That weekend I sat down with size F hook and some shiny, sturdy and black Red Heart Super Saver to accomplish the task set before me. (Size F and worsted weight fiber makes a very strong structure, imho.)
Here's my version of the little black hat:
It's difficult to decipher in the picture, but I put a little wire in the brim for shaping as well as black velvet ribbon to finish it off. I will also state for the record that it took me longer to put the damn netting on this little diddy than it took me to crochet the entire thing!
Miss Kendra looking lovely in her new hat:
Now, the little missy above was adamant about the hat being black and shunned the thought of flowers or other adornment. So, since this one turned out so well I will be making more of them. And they will have color and maybe even a feather or two. Stay tuned.
Have fun in Vegas Missy!
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