Sinamay FabricSinamay is straw like fiber from a plant that grows mainly in the Philippine Islands.
Many of the hats and fascinators you will see are made of Sinamay. I purchase some of my Sinamay bases from England or Australia.
Last year I decided that I wanted to be able to make shapes that were not available in ready made shapes, to choose my own colors and to experiment a little. I took some classes on how to work with Sinamay, ordered Sinamay fabric, some new hat blocks and had a very good time learning how to make my very own shapes in colors that I wasn't able to get in ready-mades.
This is what some of my new creations look like.