Sophie Balmforth – United Kingdom


Category: Traditional


I feel my entry is a great interpretation of the ‘fusion’ theme as I have used tradition blocking & stiffening techniques to make the hat base, whilst also mixing in modern trimmings such as using unique crafted butterflies and crin to create a dramatic effect. The contrasting colours of white and royal blue ‘fuse’ together perfectly to accentuate this piece that is both traditional and modern.


  • Sinamay
  • Crin
  • Veiling
  • Wire
  • Petersham ribbon
  • Quill Feathers
  • Crafted butterflies


  • Hand blocked base – using traditional wooden blocking for creating the sinamay base
  • Hand sewing and cutting for all trimmings

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