Last week I asked readers of this blog to send me choir hat designs. There has been a great response, and here, a little belatedly (apologies), is the final selection of designs. The credit and commentary for each is after each drawing.
Hat by Joel I. The only one to feature space for a quiche. Good to have season flexibility and balancing requirements considered too.
‘Hats for choir members’ by Judith R. A selection of church styles has been considered, as has a range of climatic conditions. I can see some mild chaos as the free church choir run after their blown-away headgear.
Angel hat by David Bowen. He writes ‘The purpose of the choir hat that I have designed is to remind the congregation that they are but part of a larger spiritual realm in which the angels participate in worship’.
Chris C has drawn these hats from above. I won’t pretend to understand all of the symbolism – there is some debate at CartoonChurch HQ as to whether the four items on the pro women bishops hat are flowers or pom poms. No doubt Chris or indeed someone else will be happy to enlighten us.
These are Sara’s designs. The hat is accompanied by a CSI-style kevlar vest (credit to the Unshelved.com Library Raid collection and St Leonard for the idea). This design is definitely for you if you feel, whilst singing in the choir, that some kind of bulletproof body-warmer is appropriate.
Anne’s Mark 1 choir hat, which has every kind of advanced feature you could require. Note that it does require the ‘amenities dispenser’ (available separately).
This design is one my wife drew and threw in the bin. I quite liked it though, hence its inclusion. The bracket can be used for music or to house a mirror, for vanity or to enable awareness of manoeuvres being carried out by choir members in the back row.
Lastly a couple that I have drawn, although this one was Sara’s idea. There are secret compartments for biscuits, periscopes and strepsils. The points can be raised or lowered to access the oddments using a series of pulleys attached to the handle.
Finally, my church choir hat. Flags of different liturgical colours can be flown, and lowered to half-mast during times of national mourning.
Thanks once again for all contributions. Feel free to debate these hats in the comments below, or on Twitter using the #choirhats (not currently trending) hashtag.
Update: Crimperman on Twitter has kindly posted a design just as I’m leaving the office (hence not included) – you can see it here.