How many yards of tape are in a woven sun hat?

WhiplashSafe-Release Hat by Jamie K. McIntosh. 113 yards of twined painter’s tape.
The midnight magic monkeys were at work last night–and they brought me this! My beautiful hat is finished!

Yessiree, this was definitely not a one-day project, but it was worth the wait. Out of curiosity, I kept track of how many yards of “twine” I made and used in order to complete this project. C’mon, guess how many…!

After I started this project, I stumbled across a great website/blog about all things crafty, who just so happened to be hosting a recycled crafts challenge. So I’ll be entering my hat in their Whiplash contest.

To pick up where I left off, I was quickly realizing what a task it was to make twine by de-tangling and then twisting together the used masking tape. But I got a rhythm going, and pre-made a bunch of the twine in the three different “colors” that I was using.

I discovered that by manipulating the tape in certain ways while twisting, I could control which paint color appeared on the top the most, therefore “coloring” the twine a certain way. I gradually added row after row to my creation, twisting wefts ’round warps till the cows came home. And believe it or not, I was quickly running out of tape to make my twine!

Before finishing the edge of the hat.

Near the end, before I trimmed and finished the edge, my beautiful blue bonnet was looking a little crazy.
Finishing the edge of the Safe-Release Hat.

In general, I learned how to twine by following the weaving instructions in a book on how to make a circular twined floor rug. To turn mine into a curvy hat instead of a flat rug, I added spokes to the weaving pattern in different manner to make the rows of twine bulge in certain spots, making it certainly less floor-worthy!

After I finished the edge, I had some little scraps that I decided needed to be made into a bow for the back of the hat, so I re-twisted them into bigger pieces and had enough material for the vertical warps. I mean, while we’re at it, lets just go over the top with this thing!

small improvised loom for Safe-Release Hat.
This picture shows the little makeshift loom I put together, and the start of a rectangle shape for the bow. The entire hat is made from the recycled Safe-Release masking tape, except for a few bits of wire that I inserted into the weave in places to help the hat keep it’s shape.

I still can’t believe what a huge unorganized pile of “garbage” this was before I started. (Lemme see that picture again…)
The discarded painter’s tape.
In the end, I used up the entire pile except for two handfuls of tape trimmings. The result shall be called the “Safe-Release Hat.”

So there it is, in all it’s glory–all 113 yards of it!

Safe-Release Hat by Jamie K. McIntosh

About Jamie

Jamie is an award winning artist who specializes in textile/fabric pieces (art that you wear), but also creates paintings, sculptures, and quilted works of art.
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3 Responses to How many yards of tape are in a woven sun hat?

  1. cactus says:

    wow, that’s really clever

  2. emily says:

    Lovely hat! Perfect to block those sun rays…very inspiring!

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