This year was the first of these celebrations and there was a great get together in the square, there was music from the Wellington brass band, the Kings Messenger arrived on horseback to read the charter, and the ancient manor court ceremonially appointed a market clerk and a new ale taster for the year ahead.
I had been asked to make a hat for the messenger to wear for the occasion, which was exciting as I have never really made hats before, but is something I keep wanting to have a go at. Here is the hat in action!
|The King's Messenger presenting the charter|
|The reading of the charter|
|Framework of cardboard and masking tape|
Then I covered the framework in papermache let it dry and then covered it in clingfilm.
I made a first test of the hat in a beige colour and it was okay, as a first! I wasn't at all careful when I trimmed the fold up sides so they were very wonky, it was a bit big all over and I didn't really like the back, the shape was too wide and open.
I made the final by stretching on the same model but put a seam along the back to bring in the shape and make it a bit smaller and I'm really pleased with the results, added the feather for a little flare!
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