Sunday, November 17, 2013


I made a passel of hats for Many Hands Gallery.  It gives me a chance to flex my right brain on several little projects at a time.  It's good for me to practice freeform sewing in quick-time; gets the juices flowing.

I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of the word creative.  But it's hard to come up with another way to describe what we do, right?  I just looked it up in Thesaurus, they didn't come up with any better words.

Anyway, off the point.  The point is, I got going on these little cashmere sweeties and had fun.  I use the sweaters that I can't use on larger garments.  And I also use colors that I don't think would work in larger garments.

I really had fun with this one.  But it took forever to make compared to the others.  These flowers are made with cashmere scraps that I stitched into with pearl cotton and added vintage buttons.  I swirled some...stuffed some.  I love all the color against the taupe background.  A few chiffon scarf scraps added in the background bring it all together.

Here's how I usually do my flowers.  I twist vintage fabric and silk scarves into little "rosettes".  More vintage buttons.  Gotta use them, I have trillions!

I over dyed this cashmere.  It was an off white that I dyed with green.  It's kinda camouflage.  The buttons are actually vintage mattress buttons.  You know, the coated metal ones that used to poke you in the butt?

This one is a tad "Miss Marple meets Little Lulu".  I can just envision the 50's coat that button came off of, can't you?  I think my grandmother had one.  The little striped bit is men's tie fabric.

This school bus yellow cashmere was given to me by a wonderful gal from Mendocino.  A hat is the perfect use.  Most of these fabrics were cut from vintage clothes.  The button is one I've never seen before, really unusual with some bas relief going on.

Heading back to the studio now to finish some sweaters.  More later!


  1. These are wonderful! You've inspired me to try my hand at making similar hats from polar fleece. I make/donate chemo hats to one of the teaching hospitals. I think someone would be thrilled to get one decorated similar to yours. Of course, I'm sure mine will not be as well done as yours, but it's worth a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Beautiful, creative work. The visible seaming is really inspired.

  3. I love them all, such "creativity". I'm not a hat wearer, but I could be changing my mind after seeing these. Very inspirational.....Anna

  4. "I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of the word creative." heehee, i feel you, but as you say - we lack vocabulary :)

    in any event - wow!!! those hats are just fun and great and full of ideas worth stealing wholesale ;) lucky peeps who get to wear them! excellent observation about using colors that won't work otherwise. I find some of these 'off' or 'too intense' colors are just the thing when used in small doses close to the face, as it hats like you've done here. man, i covet that little green one! have a great week everybody, steph

  5. I was reading The View From The Studio Door by Ted Orland yesterday and came across this paragraph that went with your comment:

    "I think it was David Bayles who first drew a clear and convincing distinction between "creativity" and "the creative process" He noted that as the term is commonly employed today, creativity describes only one very specific quality in art - namely the quality of being new or different or generally innovative. While many critics and viewers deem creativity a high virtue, it may be neither an essential nor even a very common attribute among artist themselves. Some artists fit the creativity mold very nicely, many other equally good artists do not. Bach was conventional., Picasso wasn't. It didn't seem to bother them. - - - On the other hand, having a working command of the creative process - that is, all those elements that lead to the making of art - is truly essential. The creative process unfolds as you find the essential tools in your tool kit. Standing in your studio, surrounded by your tools, the distinction between creativity and the creative process is as simple as the distinction between being innovative and being productive. Countless artists have made good art without being particularly innovative, but almost no one makes any art - good or otherwise - without first learning to be productive."

    I used to tell my students that you learn to do the work by doing the work and that as you do more work, your technical and artist skills will develop and if you keep doing the work, you'll keep developing new areas, interests, and abilities. To me, it's that creative process that matters - that we go into the studio and DO SOMETHING and have fun and see where it leads. Your hats look like you had a lot of fun.

  6. Those hats are wonderful, Gayle. I'm sure they'll sell quickly and you'll have to make more. And what great use for the vivid colors.



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