May 23, 2017


I have been working on this fantasy hat for quite a while now.  It has taken many, many hours of felting and stitching and I am so happy it is finally finished. I call it 'Woodland Spiral' and of all the hats I have ever made this one is my favourite. Absolutely!  

Sometimes specific fashion styles evoke images reminiscent of familiar or well known things. This beaded turban reminds me of 'Rosie the Riveter' or a psychic medium about to tell my fortune!  That being said, a turban style hat should never be overlooked. The turban is a retro classic that flatters most faces and compliments most hair styles, long or short.  If you think you can't wear hats you should try a turban! 

A post Edwardian style cloche always makes me think of Brideshead Revisited and all the stuff of English novels!  Maybe a little Downton Abbey thrown in too. White merino wool and silk make this hat soft and delicate and the design is versatile enough to be worn with a simple linen dress or an elegant satin wedding gown. 

Although similar in style to the white cloche above, this gray and white hat couldn't be more different in look and feel. It was made using beautiful wool roving from the Lincoln sheep that live at St. Isidore Farm near Yarker, Ontario, not far from me. It is naturally coloured and much coarser than the merino wool I normally use in felting. The Lincoln felts fast and firm and holds its shape beautifully. It's a warm and outdoorsy wool with a less formal, more casual look and texture. Perfect with jeans and a duffle coat or a lovely woolen skirt and hand knit cardigan. 

St. Isidore Farm and CakeTin Hats will both be at the Prince Edward County Fibre Fest next Saturday, May 27th at the Picton Community Centre (right next to the Crystal Palace). for details
Come see over 50 vendors of fibre and ready made goods, sheep shearing demos, spinning, felting, button making, food trucks and more. Lots to see, learn and do at Picton's first annual Fibre Fest. 

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