Queen MariaBEE posted this image of herself in a hat, which she made for her Chapter's Christmas party last December.
We love the story behind her gorgeous hat:
"The inspiration for my hat came at a party at my friend's home last November when I started to play with her purple circular place mats. They formed lovely curves as I tugged on and manipulated them. She very graciously gave them to me just to see what would happen to them. I formed them into the shapes I preferred and stapled them to a 6' plastic lid that had been covered with purple fabric. For Christmas, I added poinsettias to the folds. I used four purple mats and two red ones. Because of the weight of the creation, I pinned it securely to a snug fitting wig. As a result, it was easy to wear without fear of it tipping and I don't have to fuss with my hair. It's so much fun to wear and it makes me look taller.
I make the most of my hats. Last week, I won first prize in our Exhibition and Stampede for a hat I made using two red place mats and a red ostrich boa. I also made what my friends call a 'show-stopping' fascinator after the Royal Wedding. Again, these large creations are attached to wigs. These hats/hatinators could be attached to wide headbands, but being attached to wigs makes them more secure and worry-free."
Congratulations to Queen MariaBEE for winning the HATalk prize draw and for being such a talented hat maker! If you would like to learn how to make you very own hats, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today. Red Hat society Members pay only $19.95 a year- that's more than $40 off the normal subscription price.