Wonderful article -- it really makes me want to try my hand at creating something hat-related myself!
These are awesome, and I especially love the how-to for all the decorations. Is there a place to look for an idea on how to create the forms to do something similar in fabric?
Wonderful! I'm going to be making a hat in two weeks.
There is no reason not to cover the straw with fabric with the right mull. French fleece or the green dream batting I used in my Flared Mad Hatter article can be used as a base before adding fabric over straw. You would not have to cover the entire hat just the under brim is a good choice. Often large straw hats are lighter than buckram hats so starting with straw it is a good way to go. Lynn