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Coachman’s Navigational Top Hat #WearableWednesday

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Although David Crittenden was not selected as an official competitor, that didn’t stop him from building along during the Adafruit/element14 Hats Off Challenge, and I am very impressed with his Coachman’s Navigational Top Hat!

When I decided to enter this contest I wanted to make a hat that could act as a compass for the wearer. I have a poor sense of direction and thought such a hat would be handy at burning man or other festivals. It grew into a desire to really showcase some of my skills, old and new. I have been working as a hat and costume maker for the past 18 years. I have made a few light up costumes with flashlight bulbs and bulky batteries, but never made the jump into LEDs. Earlier this year I discovered Adafruit and their wonderful learning site, and I absorbed as quickly as I could. I used this contest to prove to myself that I could offer new skills to my boss and other designers that we work with. I really enjoyed the opportunity to make something real for myself. The public blogging side of things helped keep me on task and making progress. I also documented my process far more detailed than I ever had.


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