Monthly Archives: November 2007

Oh my! Hats, hats, hats!

Many thanks to David Osaduke of The Internet Millinery Hub for commenting on my organza baseball caps, leading to my discovery of a good number of hat resources and hat makers. David’s Fashion Coverings blog has a YouTube video of Ralph Lauren’s spring 2008 collection, which includes a number of hats – yay!!

One of the links I found while wandering around is Penny Rieck’s Hats by Penny. She has had several hats in the Kentucky Derby Museum over the last few years, as part of the museum’s Derby Hat Exhibit. And the rules state: “All hat styles are needed and creativity is encouraged“. So wouldn’t it be fun to enter one this coming spring! Hm, somehow I have to work a Quarterhorse into this hat, and dedicate it to the five years I spent at the tracks in CA, CO, MT, NM, and AZ.

And this display of Dayna Pinkham’s mens’ hats at Into the Hatter’s Domain, and Dayna’s website, Pinkham Millinery, are both pretty cool.

And Philip Treacy – well, you’ll have to see for yourself! This is sculpture, not hats!

Keep in mind that these people are all milliners, “… the profession or business of designing, making, or selling women’s hats and hat trim.” And for the most part, their hats are just gorgeous, frothy, frilly little (or in some case very broad brimmed!) numbers that decorate a woman’s head. I don’t aspire to this type of hat-making, but I do enjoy looking and oohing and aahing. And there’s quite a bit I could adapt to my baseball caps – someday!


Computer mittens

computer mittens

Okay, they’re those fingerless glove things. But I use them to protect the heel of my hand from the icy cold metal edge of the keyboard tray where my mouse lives. I’m mouse-bi-dextrous, and I do use both mittens. I cut down an old pair of mittens when the palms wore out, and replaced a very ratty old mitten that I’d used previously. The star and heart were on the original mittens, on the upper side of the finger area, so they’re showing their age a little. I needed a way to tell left from right tho, without putting a big L/R on them. And yes, they look like Christmas ornaments, because that’s what they were originally intended for.

Hats, organza hats!

caps ready to be brimmed

They’re done! I made 9, count ’em, nine organza hats. And discovered yet again, that I am really not a production seamstress. I tried to streamline my process, and made them assembly-line style. It did not work for me; by the time I got to sewing the brim on, I hated those hats!

organza baseball caps

Fortunately, I had the sense to call on a friend for some help, and Jenny sewed all the brims on for me. What a relief! And she did a great job, as well as buying one of the hats. I wish I had a better picture of them; they are so attractive in real life.

Iris hat Iris hat
Putting the cap section together was fairly easy, and still a learning experience. I love the flowers but I was happy to find that I liked the flowerless blue hat in the front, which is a very lightweight blue star fabric layered over an equally light weight solid blue fabric. I’ll be making one of those for myself! I have pink stars too, and I layered that over a pearlescent white fabric. Maybe I’ll make a pink one for me, and a blue one for my sister.

Watching t.v. = waste of time


I got rid of my television this summer, and here’s why:

Three Types of Fun from the Happiness Project

Kyrgrz Artists


In the spirit of buying handmade, I’d like to point you to these wonderful felt ornaments made by artists in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgrz Artists. I didn’t see any prices, but whatever they cost, I’m sure they’re worth it, just for the “eye of it”.

Pricked: Extreme Embroidery

Fast Machine

I wish this exhibit was coming to Fairbanks: Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. I love crazy quilting and silk ribbon embroidery, Brazilian dimensional embroidery, stumpwork, and all the beautiful flowery sweet embroidery that I see, but it would be nice to see something different once in awhile. This exhibit is different! There is a link ‘way down at the bottom, to related Public Programs, which is a list of activities at the Museum of Arts and Design. I wish I could attend some of these! But since I can’t, I’ll be visiting the links that are included.