A good yarn . . .



One must discover the yarn amidst the thorns.

Next Come the Feathers

     The derivation of the word panache describes someone who wears a feather in her hat.  I pride myself in always making sure that my shows include panache.  In fact the very first hat that sold at last year's Anchorage Museum show was a hat that sported an ostrich feather.  Feathers are a challenge.  The quills are first wrapped in tape, which makes it possible for me to securely sew them onto the hat.  The black electrician's tape I favor is hidden by covering it with foo foo yarn that is single crocheted around the feather quill. Usually I add a few dangling beads for good measure. Some feathers are particularly challenging.  Peacock feathers have a triangular shaft, which makes it difficult to lay them flat against the hat - they invariably want to stick out at an odd angle.  Peacock feathers are weighted heavily at their distant ends, which means that a long section of the shaft needs to be secured. The inner vanes of feathers that have been dyed sometimes split.   

     In my book randomly adding a feather to a hat adds pandemonium not panache.   My hats are specifically designed to lend themselves to feathering; for example, I usually use either a fedora or western crown for feathering.  This year I will introduce a new feathered hat with a round crown.  The tricorne or three cornered hat is most familiar to us in the form of the pirates hat - think Jonny Depp.  A woman needs the right hat for each occasion. It's quite likely that women would more often go pillaging if they had just the right hat to wear. I think I'll call my new hat Robyn Hood.                

  11-7-13 = 84 hats. 



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