Hatmaker Week 31, August 2019: How to develop your craftmanship skills?

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I can’t stop digging deeper into an era when hats looked absolutely the best (in my opinion). The pride of any outfit. There are communities out there that talk about hats all day long. I love seeing hats being integrated more and more into cosplay. However, hats should be seen more on the streets and worn on daily basis. Hats are an integral part of an identity that is very free in spirit. They have no rules but an endless array of styles. Styles that fit a vast different individuals. My wish is to see more family photos with hats on. Perhaps I should start taking my own family photo with the hat of the year. Simply be the change you want to see.

How do you develop your skills as a craftsman? Recently, I have posted hats on eBay for exclusive bidding opportunities. These hats are not returned items or defect. They are simply made to help develop hats and try something new. I am trying out new techniques of making hats and instead of leaving the hat on a shelf I offer them at a lower price. What I develop in these hats are stitching and blocking. Shaping and finishing. Just like any craftsman you want to improve and perfect what already has been learned. Every successful company would do the same. Trial and error, if you wish. I would never sell a hat that I am not proud of wearing myself.

I practice and make these hats between the ordinary hours I put in to fulfill orders. It’s the only time I have to make them in. It does take up all my spare time, but in the end I learn something new and gain further insight. Same goes for the price of a hat, I wouldn’t increase the price of a fedora unless I implement a specific change equal to the value.

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First up is a Bound Edge Floki Fedora, which is a 1920s inspired hat. With a bit of time, this hat will have even more character to its design. Just like any hat they just become better with time. Tall crown and a wider cotton/rayon ribbon that conforms well to the crown with a little steam. This bound edge is smooth and just the right flange (curve) to merit for a vintage style. Then again, this hat is an inspired production and designed by a clients mind. Light copper ribbon if you are looking to have one made.

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Leifur Lucky Fedoras in all compositions and styles were completed this week. Recently I have worked on a bunch of Brown felt hats. But believe me there will be more colors coming up next week. Some are very summer inspired but others are closing in on autumn colors. If you need a hat for winter, then now is the time to strike a conversation with Hufvud about your new winter hat. 60 - 90 days wait, but closer to 90 days at the moment. I am still catching up to produce all the spring and summer orders. I had my rest, and I am spending hours at the studio.

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In August I am moving my studio to another space which also will become my new home. A lot of preparations ahead while making hats.

Here is what I have finished this week and still working on for the next.

Stages of making a HUFVUD hat:

  • STAGE 1: Prepare and block out the hat (2 day process at most)

  • STAGE 2: Prepare and Stitch Sweatband - > Stamp Sweatband and Assemble (1 day)

  • STAGE 3: Attach Sweatband to the trimmed felt - > Shape and trim the brim (1 Day)

  • STAGE 4: Brim binding ( Part I, II or III) - Attach crown ribbon (2 - 3 days sewn by hand)

  • STAGE 5: Attach Liner and crease the crown/ brim -> All final touches (1 Day)

I will include these stages in future posts and you will be able to see which stage each hat is on.

Completed Hats:

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, 100X Beaver, SABLE BROWN

  • FLOKI FEDORA, 100X Beaver, SABLE BROWN

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SABLE BROWN

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SABLE BROWN, NR 2

Currently Working On:

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, 30X Beaver, EMERALD GRAY - STAGE 4

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SABLE BROWN - STAGE 3

  • OLAFUR FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, CAMEL - Stage 2

  • RAGNAR FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, CAMEL - Stage 2

On The Block Next Week:

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, Rabbit & Hare Blend, SABLE BROWN

  • LEIFUR Lucky FEDORA, 30X Beaver, SABLE BROWN

  • RAGNAR FEDORA, 30X Beaver, ROYAL BLUE

I hope you all are having a great summer and a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Mikael Einarsson | HUFVUD HATMAKER | Lund, Sweden