The scrollwork on the crown was inspired by the wrought iron bridges that span the canals of Venice. Every time I make one of these, it reminds me of my first trip abroad - Carnivale in Venice in 2009 - and the subsequent travel that city inspired. It remains one of my favorite hats to make.
I have updated this design to feature hand-embroidered spirals emerging from the cuff with French Knot accents. Shown here with yarn and gold cord embroidery and a mink fur cuff. Most materials were recycled from vintage coats.