Friday, May 22, 2009

Cloche Series - "Junie" Hat

Still playing with the Cloche Series of hats. This one is in a beautiful, vintage appeal cotton.

About 8 or 9 years (or more) ago, I worked for an interior design store. When I left, I left with an obscene amount of fabric samples and fabric books etc. I did finally get rid of some of the fabric books, but the larger sample pieces I kept. I have a goodly size batch of some Martha Stewart Home collection cottons. Nice weight, vintage patterns, beautiful weave and soil/oil repellent as well! I keep things forever, or at least it feels that way, but I know that if I keep something long enough because I like/love it or because there is value in it, I eventually will wind up using it. This is the case with these fabrics.

I had forgotten what a pain in the butt lining things was, but I had a bolt of some fine muslin also laying around (I told you, I keep everything!) and it worked perfectly for the lining.

More pictures can be seen at my
1000 Markets shop.. do drop in and say hello.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Up and Coming, I'd say.

"1000 Markets is an Etsy rival with backing from PayPal founders"

The Founder's Fund, a San Francisco venture firm created by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and others, is bankrolling a tiny Seattle Internet startup called 1000 Markets that is trying to transform the way artisan goods are bought and sold online.

There's already some hefty competition in that arena, including Etsy and eBay. But 1000 Markets co-founder and CEO Matthew Trifiro believes there is room to operate against the bigger rivals by creating a more effective way for small merchants to sell jewelry, fabrics, soaps, specialty foods and other goods online.

1000 Markets quietly launched last month and now has about 75 specialized marketplaces where artisans are selling everything from steampunk jewelry to to handmade hats to crafts associated with The Day of The Dead."

Finish the article here:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

# 2 in the Cloche Series

Yes... not only am I enjoying how these are coming out... I am thoroughly enjoying making them. I love embellishing and the side embellishment on this piece as well as the last one ("Mandy Cloche")were so much fun putting together...

Here is "Loretta" from the Cloche Series:
I love that she can be worn in a variety of ways (tassel in back, pulled low over the eyes, high on the head).

More pics can be seen at 1000 Markets Shop

Friday, May 08, 2009

A Cloche by any Other Name

I feel like its been awhile since I made a hat. Whether that is true or not doesn't really matter. It is that I feel like that, that is important. So.... i've been playing.

On one of my other blogs, Just Hats, I recently did a piece entitled "The Cloche and its Charm". I truly am enamored of the Cloche. Any woman can wear one and the styles are innumerable.

Here is a new one: I had a lot of fun making it and even more fun embellishing it. There are a lot more pics here.

The hat is currently for sale in my shop at 1000 Markets -

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Sunday Night, May 3rd at the Wearable Art Market... You're All Invited!


Get out your pencils and mark your calendars, the next Wearable Art Market Sunday gathering will be May 3rd; 7pm EST, 6pm central, 5pm mountain and 4pm pacific time, till whenever!

The thread will be in the Wearable Art Market public forum--

The "Wearable Art Market" is eager to break down the walls between buyer & seller...opening the doors of discussion that will help everyone to understand a little more about our varied crafts and the inspiration behind it...even the day-to-day mondain tasks needed to be done to follow our passion.

With that in mind, the artists of the Wearable Art Market will be getting together Sunday evening and we'd love to have you join us!

Art will be the subject of course-- inspiration, latest ambitions, recent successes-- or works in progress-- BUT i recently watched an old video of "A Chorus Line"...and the question that came up, "what i did for love"...corny i know BUT i would like to ask a variation of that question--"what is the most silly or humiliating thing you've done for art? ...think about it & bring it to the forum!

I suggest you pop some popcorn, or maybe some salsa & chips, beverage of your choice, barefeet or "bunny" slippers a must, and maybe a pillow for your bum...we're in for the long haul.
--article by streetnoodles