My mini top hat block is very beautiful even before you use it to make your hat.
Here I have blocked the crown in an open weave natural straw and the brim in pari sisal fine straw.
To create an unusual look I have pulled out some of the woven straw in the crown which has given it a distinctive look.
Each piece has then been dressed in the lovely plaid silk and I added a few feathers to finish off the trim.
It has only been in the shop for a couple of days and everyone has fallen in love with it.
I wonder where it will make it's debut.?