A couple of weeks ago, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, I saw this lady with this completely fantastic hat. It was fringed with what looked like lamb fur, with a couple of segments going up the hat that opened at the crown to let her dreads flow out.

It looked COMPLETELY fantastic. Sadly, she said that she had purchased it years ago from a vendor at another faire. I was despondent – UNTIL, I realize that I could probably make one myself.

So I did.

Here is the closest approximation to the hat that I saw. I think it turned out QUITE well, given that I had no pattern to work with and the fact that I just started cutting and fitting things together. It’s a combination of lambskin/fur and teal deerhide with a very fluffy, soft teal lining.

Initial pictures are of the hat itself:



Then me simply wearing the hat:

leatherdreadhat2 leatherdreadhat1actionpose2 – and then we finally progresses into action poses with me in the hat.actionpose1

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