Wednesday, 11 February 2015


Last November I entered another millinery contest. The theme was "Remembering". Although it corresponded with the 100th anniversary of World War I, the brief said it was about remembering in all its senses.

I considered a lot of options for trimming my contest hat -- words, flowers and plants associated with memory, pictures... Lots that were in fact picked up by lots of the contestants, and very nicely, too. But then I thought of ginko leaves.

Not that it led to victory! I didn't win anything, but that's okay. I enjoyed the challenge, I liked my hat, and many people were kind enough to say that they did, too. And I'm proud that at least my idea was unique among the competitors.

The best part was that an acquaintance liked it so much that she commissioned me to make her a cap version!

Carol is an artist, and it's always such a compliment to me when an artist invests in my work. And she's not afraid of colour! She began by contemplating a vibrant palette for the wool felt ginko leaves on her cap, also to be black, as is the original hat.

(Pay no attention to the colour of the sample cap.)

But after some consideration, she decided that she really preferred the palette I had used to begin with. So that's was what I did.



On its rightful home - Carol's head.

Carol brings such a happy energy with her. She's also hilarious, viz: Our cat had been making off with some decorations off the lower parts of the traditional evergreen. Carol mused, "Well, maybe he's working on his own Christmas tree."

I loved the time we spent together working on her cap, and I hope I'll get to do it again sometime. Thanks again, Carol!

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