"The devil is in the details."
There's nothing like an exhibition to inspire creativity.
At the Onkaparinga Arts Centre, the Beanies to Berets Exhibition and Sale
gave plenty of design ideas for crocheted hats.
The attention to detail in finishing can turn an average hat
into something extraordinary.
|From left to right: knitted and felted handspun wool with 'dreadies' by Alexis Morrison, red mohair jester hat by Sharyn Brady & white hat with polka dot veil and black flower by Kaye Oliver.|
Let's look at the different finishing techniques on display at 'Beanies to Berets'. It is amazing how a simple embellishment can provide style and character to handmade creations.
A Top Finish!
|Fluffy fibres on a top tassel.|
Crocheted by Helen Herde
|Feathers and fibres sprout from|
the top of this magpie-coloured
|Why use ordinary tassels or bobbles|
when you can have a herd of alpacas?
Knitted alpaca hat by Mary Schmidt.
|Wooden beads create a |
colourful, tasselled tail.
Crocheted hat by Helen Herde.
|Pretty beaded embellishment|
on a crocheted beret
by Helen Herde.
|Exaggeration of a design feature |
This beret's top 'stem'
has been elongated.
It is made of handspun yarn
and crocheted by Sandy Soul.
|Tassels can be felted, just like this hat|
by Alexis Morrison
|Curly tassels complete this knitted hat.|
This spiral effect can also be created with
|Three different ways to top a hat.|
These knitted hats show a felted pom-pom, a cute button and a knitted loop.
|Feathers & Flowers!|
Why settle for just one addition?
The hat in the foreground has feathers on top and a felted flower buttoned on the side.
Named "Daisy Days", it is knitted by Helen Peterson.
|Jester's Hat by Sharyn Brady |
felted pom-pom tassels.
Some tassels look like braids.
Flowers, feathers, appliqués, lace, braiding, beading, ribbon, badges and buttons are some of the resources available to embellish headwear. Use them as surface decoration or incorporate them into the fabric and structure of your hat. Many of these ideas were displayed at the Beanies to Berets Exhibition.
|An ornate button adds a touch of class to the headband |
of this beanie knitted by Anne Wratten
|Helen Herde has used bright, shiny beads as accents in the fabric of her crocheted hat.|
|Jennifer Jager has used the loose ends to enhance|
her colourful and textured woven hat.
Regular readers of this blog might be aware of my penchant for fringe. #putafringeonit is a favourite hashtag of mine! Fringe need not remain reserved for the ends of neck scarves as proven by the beanie makers of this exhibition.
|'Mohawk' chunky fringe on a hand-knitted woollen helmet.|
|Sandy Soul brimmed this woven and crocheted hat|
with a fluffy handspun fibre fringe
|The ultimate use of fringe to great artistic effect was by Helen Herde in her unique interpretation of the iconic "Pussyhat" (original concept pattern by Kat Coyle).|
I love Helen's wit–zippers for mouths that perhaps should have remained zipped up?
It looks like the wearer of the comb-over fringe is biting his tongue.
Notice the red lipstick and glittery gold edging–glamour to match the lustrous, long, woollen locks.
|The Gallery Director was kind enough to turn|
the display around so I could take a photo of
the back of this "Pussyhat".
Many thanks to the crew at the Onkaparinga Arts Centre for allowing me to photograph and share the wonderfully eclectic collection of crocheted, knitted, woven and felted hats online.
Despite taking careful notes, I ran out of time to note the details of every hat discussed here. I have credited the designers wherever possible and made endeavours to confirm the creators of beanies that have no designer details listed. A list of all the exhibition participants can be found on a previous blog entry, "Beanies to Berets Exhibition & Sale Now Open!"
I am in the process of collating further information about each of the designers. It seems that not all of them have an online presence that is easy to find.
If you have any further information, it would be most welcome. Please send the details via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May this blog entry provide ideas and inspiration for turning an ordinary project into something special.
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Fun at the Beanies to Berets Exhibition and Sale (Part 1)", 20 September 2017: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/fun-at-beanies-to-berets-exhibition-and.html
"Beanies to Berets Exhibition & Sale Now Open!", 25 June 2017: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/beanie-to-berets-exhibition-sale-now.html
"Beanies to Berets–Bigger and Better", 21 June 2018: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2018/06/beanies-to-berets-bigger-and-better.html
Coyle, Kat, Pussyhat Project: https://www.pussyhatproject.com/
- Ravelry (free pattern download): https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pussyhat-project