With the weather warming up, I'm dragging out my panamas and getting ready for summer.
One of the fun things that I did last summer was to make my own pugarees/fabric hatbands - which is suprisingly easy to do. If you have a basic, work-in-the-yard hat with a fabric hatband it's pretty straightforward to take the hatband apart and figure out how they did it, take measurements, and re-assemble and reattach the hatband. Cut out a template using your measurments. Use the template to cut out a new piece of fabric, and use an iron and a straightedge to form pleats in the new hatband. I can post more explicit details on the board if folks are interested.
The one detail that has me stumped is where to get the metal hooks that are used to anchor the ends of the pugaree. For those of you who have never taken a look at the hooks they look a bit like squarish paper clips - with one of the two loops of the clip cut short, sharpened, and bent into a hook. So far, I've gotten by with using one of the hooks as a template and bending one of my own with a pair of needle-nose pliers, but my metalworking efforts leave a bit to be desired.
Any thoughts as to sources for these hooks (Art?)? I've come up empty handed on the searches that I've been able to do on the net.