Janice Charles


Janice Charles

Janice Charles – United Kingdom


Category: Traditional


I feel my entry interprets the theme of Fusion well as even though I have used the traditional methods and techniques of hand blocking and hand sewing, it is a contemporary visual that uses tradition to create a modern Avante garde piece,influenced by todays floral fashion fusing the old with the new.


  • Block
  • Sinamay
  • Wire
  • Felt coat with leather relief
  • Felt covered boning
  • Suede thonging
  • Silk roses and artificial foliage
  • Satin Lining grosgrain ribbon


  • I firstly cut out 3 sheets of sinamay on the bias, I used 3 sheets to ensure stiffness and ensure strength to the design. to help it keep its upturned shape and also another 3 sheets cut to size for the crown of the hat,once this was done. I proceeded to hand blocked both the brim and the crown of the hat into the desired shapes,
  • Once this was achieved I then applied several coats of millinery stiffener to each,. Once this was dry I applied wire around the out edges of the brim shape which was then hand sewn to secure.Then I stretched and applied a layer of felt with a raised leather relief design to give the affect of the wicker of a basket which was also hand sewn onto the sinamay hat brim.. I used a lining fabric to cover the crown of the hat as this fabric would not be seen due to it being adorned with the silk roses,which I attached via using a combination of hand sewing and gem tack..
  • I then added artificial foliage between the silk roses to add interest and depth to the design and rose also leaves to create a more realistic, look and feel I constructed the handle using felt covered boning that I also inserted wire into it to help it to hold its structure and be more compliant to the shape I wanted, this was then hand wrapped with thin suede thonging to mimic the texture and material of a flower basket handle. this was then secured to the hat crown with a glue gun, and hand sewing once this was done I then continued to add more of the silk roses so that the handle completely merged seamlessly into the completed design.


  • Blocks
  • stiffener
  • steamer
  • wire
  • felt
  • Boning
  • heat dryer
  • hand sewing

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  1. Tania Byrne February 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply


  2. Charlotte Malkin February 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply


  3. chantelle February 1, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Absolutely exqusite this hat looks so realistic and so unusual! Well done

  4. Wendy Bell February 2, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Stunning hat

  5. caoimhghin February 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Outstanding creativity

  6. Juanita February 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    This hat is amazing. It’s literally head and shoulders above the rest.

  7. tom February 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Amazing peice so much detail absolutely brilliant

  8. MentalMoma February 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Absolutely incredible… Wow

  9. Donna February 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful work, a definite winner in my eyes!!

  10. Katie mcgrath February 5, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Butiful creative

  11. Mark February 6, 2018 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Excellent well and truly a work of art ..got my vote

  12. Gina February 7, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    A fabulous work of Art

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