The crafty Beggars: makers of handcrafted historical hats, traditional crafts and performers of Period Music Thecraftybeggars.org website The Crafty Beggars The crafty Beggars: makers of handcrafted historical hats, traditional crafts and performers of Period Music Copy of C16th hat. leather on hand-made felt silk embroidery Interpretation of a traditional style Top hat woven in common bulrush Thrummed hat-hand stitched silk pile on hand-felted base. For the globe 2012 HATS The Crafty Beggars specialise in reproducing historic hats using traditional techniques and authentic materials. Felt hats are created using hand-felting technique and natural dyes. Rachel is an authority on early felt making in Britain and has conducted extensive research of extant examples in British collections. She also worked as researcher for 'The Tudor Tailors' on their investigation of C16th knitted caps. . Copy of C16th hat. leather on hand-made felt silk embroidery Interpretation of a traditional style Top hat woven in common bulrush Thrummed hat-hand stitched silk pile on hand-felted base. For the globe 2012 *Click on images to enlarge