(and touch and try on).
It was a super place to find a piece of wearable art to call your very own. There were beanies and berets to please everyone, from the most conservative to the artistic and crazy-coloured!
Crocheted by Sharyn Brady
Whether you prefer crocheted, knitted, felted, handspun or woven beanies, or perhaps a glorious blend of techniques, each beanie or beret was a unique creation.
Even within each type of craft one could find specialist techniques such as tricot, beading, cables, double-strands, fair isle, appliqué etc.
|Sally Baird offered a |
beautiful collection of
knitted fair isle designs
Today, please enjoy the photos. If you happened to visit this exhibition or if you purchased one of these hats,
- What kinds of hats do you like best?
- What qualities do you look for in a good hat?
- Do you have a favourite hat?
It could be one that you own or one featured here.
| Spoilt for choice: every wall covered with hats. |
There were more to be found in rattan boxes
positioned around the gallery space.
|Knitted by textile artist, |
There are so many hats to show you, it will need to be done in instalments!
|Felted hat by |
|Appliquéd flowers, |
crocheted hat by Helen Herde.
|Weaving and crochet combined|
create this soft hat by Sandy Soul.
|Lots of choice.|
One of my relatives
liked the hat in the
middle of the back row here.
|This beret by Helen Herde looks like it is made |
using a slip stitch crochet technique.
She tells me it was done by
working into the backs of the stitches.
Helen likes to experiment to come up
with new effects.
|A joy to behold |
a wall full of
colourful & creative designs.
Helen says, "I have always had an interest in knitting and crochet so being asked to put this exhibition together gave me an opportunity to indulge."
This exhibition was so successful that Helen and Kaye have been asked to organise another one next year. They are hoping it will become an annual event so, beanie lovers, there's another date for your calendar!
I love how one can often apply ideas from one craft to another. As a ceramic designer, Helen explained how her experiments with double crochet stitches gave her "a more structured form to play with, so instead of clay we have pot forms in fibre for the head!" I love this perspective (which was new to me but makes total sense).
|Made of red yarn |
with flecks of blue,
a 'berry stitch' pattern
creates a wonderful
(Made by Helen Herde)
|This hat crocheted by Sharyn Brady|
uses colours which are synonymous
with Australian Indigenous culture
because they feature on the
Australian Aboriginal flag.
The yellow, black and red symbolise
the sun, people and land accordingly.
|I love the glowing colours|
of this stripy hat made of
|The colours in this beanie|
The top and stripe are made
with two colours worked together.
In the photo, the combined effect
almost looks like gold but,
if you look closer, you will see
it is a combination of
cream and brown.
|The long cap was crafted by Helen Petersen.|
I am not sure who crocheted the brown one but
it reminds me of
pumpkins, hallowe'en and witches!
by Sharyn Brady
|A classic design, handspun and knitted by Mary Schmidt.|
This is just a taste of the many styles and ideas to be found at this exhibition. Did it whet your appetite for more? There are plenty more photos to come. Would you like a closer look at any of the items pictured here? I may be able to enlarge the details for a better view in future instalments. Leave a comment or email email@example.com to let me know.
Volunteers, Greg and Michael, were of great assistance, reaching (and putting back) so many of the hats for me. I didn't need to ask. Michael had much delight in finding fun designs for me to try on. Thank you!
|Modelling a 'jester' style hat of handspun wool,|
knitted by Jennifer Jager.
Do you think it suits me?
I'm still trying to obtain details of more participating artists.
I hope to add them to this list as information comes to hand, with their permission,
of course. It is important to me to give credit where it is due whenever possible.
Sally Baird (Hats by Sally): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/hatsbysally
Helen Herde, visual artist & ceramic designer: email@example.com
Kaye Oliver, textile artist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Soul (Soul Spinner), textile artist: email@example.com
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Beanies to Berets Exhibition & Sale Now Open!", 25 June 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/beanie-to-berets-exhibition-sale-now.html
"Fun at the Beanies to Berets Exhibition and Sale (Part 2)", 17 November 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2017/11/fun-at-beanies-to-berets-exhibition-and.html
"Beanies to Berets–Bigger and Better", 21 June 2018: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2018/06/beanies-to-berets-bigger-and-better.html