Friday, April 08, 2016
It's been awhile since I've made one of these, and since the last of them got sold over the holidays, I decided to try making a new one. I had forgotten how to work the flower into the hat, though, so it took a little experimenting before I finally got it right. The purple and green combination had always been one of my favorites. There are also some gold silk tussah accents and some white fuzzy popcorns. The gold color of the silk is natural, as tussah silk is gathered wild and usually found on oak trees where the tannin in the leaves turns the silk gold.
A couple of weeks ago I had three custom orders for basically the same hat. Each customer had the same dog hair fiber - rusty beige colored chow hair - and they all wanted the same style hat! So I managed to make them different by adding some design work in contrasting colors. They were very soft and fuzzy, and all customers loved their hats. Here's one of them:
I've been pretty busy since the holidays with custom orders and replacing hats on the website. I sold a lot of baby hats at the Farmers Market, one of which sold too fast for me to even get photos. Anyhow here are some of the replacements. I intended this first one to be in 'boy colors' since I've had some requests for that. I once even had a custom order for a black baby hat!
This pink one is of course very girlie. People do seem to like fuzzy popcorns and trim. White fuzzy seems to be especially popular.
I like this one because it's got several nice bright colors, and I do like to work with bright colors!