How to wire buckram for millinery

In my previous post about the Mad Hatter’s hat, I mentioned that I was going to post about how to wire buckram. If you’re interested in making a buckram-based hat, you’ll need to wire it at some point!

How to attach millinery wire to buckram

How to attach millinery wire to buckram

1. Tape the wire to the buckram using masking tape. If the wire is short and the space is small and the right shape, you can also just hold it in place. The stitch is like a blanket or saddle stitch.

"stab" the needle into the buckram

“stab” the needle into the buckram

2. Start by ‘stabbing’ the buckram into the seam allowance.

Bring your needle back to the front of your work, over the wire, and under the thread

Bring your needle back to the front of your work, over the wire, and under the thread

3. Bring the needle back around to the front of the work, over the wire, and loop it under the thread.

Pull the thread tight, and move on to the next stitch

Pull the thread tight, and move on to the next stitch

4. Pull snug, and move onto the next stitch.

Other examples

For other examples of attaching wire to buckram for hat-making, check out my post about the Red silk Pillbox hat, or the Purple silk ‘shoe’ hat.

Stay tuned, in an upcoming post I’ll get back to the construction of the Mad Hatter’s hat.

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3 comments on “How to wire buckram for millinery

  1. […] I used the same technique I’ve used before to wire the buckram. […]

  2. mela says:

    What do you use to cut wire after sewing it to the buckram?

    • Dawn says:

      Just wire cutters – occasionally the threads will not cut with the wire, so then just thread snips for those. The wire is not particularly thick – it’s thinner than wire used for coat hangers, for instance.

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