Dress up Your Old Straw Hat — Add a Needlepoint Hat Band
Tired of your old straw hat? When I went looking for a new straw visor there were none to be found.
Inspired by a book I was reading on Hawaiian tattoos, I designed a hat band of a traditional shark tooth design. It is a perfect design for Trianglepiont, which is quick and easy to to. I mocked up a custom needlepoint design and was stitching 2 days later!
Each shark tooth is a trianglepoint and satin stitch is used between the triangles. I finished the ends of the canvas with the reversed mosaic stitch as shown here.
There is a single row of the Continental stitch along each end to serve as the border for the finished overcast edge, which is described in my Needlepoint Napkin Rings blog. For the backing, I used wide bias tape which had to be trimmed down to the 1.25 inch width of this hat band.
I tacked the band to my old visor so it can be removed easily and exchange for my next project — an Hawaiian flower band which is on the stretcher waiting to be stitched.