How to make a stiff hat brim?

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I've given up trying to find a suitable hat for sea kayaking.
They are either good for the sun or for the rain but not both.

So I figure I'll make one.  Goretex (or clone) for a waterproof,
breathable top, enough flotation so it won't sink and a hat band
that allows air flow underneath.

My problem is figuring out how to make a brim that will be stiff
enough to handle serious wind without flopping around.  It also
has to be something that can be repeatedly soaked (and frequently
laundered) without disintegrating.  It should also be something
I'm likely to find locally without having to order from the other
side of the planet.

The brim will go all round the hat, not just a bill like a baseball
cap.  Think of a cross between a Tilley and a sou'wester.

Any ideas?  TIA

Mike

Re: How to make a stiff hat brim?
Michael Daly wrote:
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Mike I've just gone through this with a client. You need Timtex interfacing,
nothing else even comes close. I've tried layering lots of other stuff,
including the stuff that Joanns told me was the same as Timtex, ( it's not)
but I think its the stuff you want.

penny



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small change wrote:
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I think the plastic canvas would work better in this case.  It doesn't
matter if it gets wet.  It will continue to hold its shape sopping,
dripping with water.  Yet it will allow the hat to dry quickly.
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth

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Thanks, Penny.  I went for a walk yesterday and visited all
the local craft and sewing shops (both of them) and they
never heard of the stuff.  I ordered it from the Timtex web
site - the Onesie size package should be plenty.

Mike

Re: How to make a stiff hat brim?
Michael Daly wrote:
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Have you considered plastic needlepoint canvas?

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

Re: How to make a stiff hat brim?
On Sat, 27 Aug 2005 16:59:50 -0500, Michael Daly wrote

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Timetex or Pellex?  The same things used for the fabric bowls.


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