Today is the reveal day for the Hats Off Challenge hosted by Bobbie Rafferty. Bobbie lives in Louisville, KY and tomorrow is the start of the Kentucky Derby weekend. Bobbie had this idea to make jewelry that was inspired by the hats that ladies wear to the Derby, so she asked if anyone else thought that it was a good idea and if so would you like to join in on the challenge. Twenty six of us thought that it sounded like a good idea and something fun and very challenging.
I had a hard time with this one. I had this vision in my head but I just could not get my hands to work what I had envisioned in my head. I tried but the more I embroidered the worse it looked to me. So I stopped and went to plan "B". Plan "B" turned out so much more prettier then plan "A".
I found this picture on the internet for my inspiration. I had this face cab for a long time, so even though the face is not as beautiful as the inspiration photo I thought I could make it work. I used blue, because the face cab has a blue wash over it to bring out the features of the face. My first mistake was using the blue to bezel around the face, but then I thought about doing a bow at the bottom to make it look like the hat has a ribbon tie. The part that I just could not get right is the part of the hat that goes across the face cab's forehead. This piece reminds me of "A Christmas Carol" the ghost of Bob Marley. Can you see what I mean? The only part of this that I really like is the rivoli flower I made on top of the hat. I asked my Mom what she thought of it and she said "Are you making a Witch?". That is when I tossed it down onto my work table and said that does it I am going on to another idea!
I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and found this little straw hat, the flower arrangement, cup chain and ribbon. On the back of the flower arrangement there was a hair clip and a pin back. I took both of those pieces off of the back of the flowers and set it aside. the cup chain was a little to long so I clipped of two cups and four fell off, Huh how did that happened? (scratching my head) Now it was to short, but being the crafty person that I am I made it work by gluing the flower arrangement over the gap. Before I glued the flowers on I wrapped the cup chain with the ribbon and glued it to the hat. I let the glue dry, and then I turned the hat over and glued the pin back to the side that the flower arrangement is on, so that it could not be seen. Ta Dah a Kentucky Derby inspired piece of jewelry!
Thank you Bobbie for this very challenging challenge although plan "A" did not go the way I planned. I enjoyed making plan "B" it is always fun to go back to the craft making part of my creativity.
Please go by and visit the other participants in this Hats Off Challenge.
Arlene Dean www.aglassbash.blogspot.com
Bobbie Rafferty www.beadsong.blogspot.com
Cheryl Dunham www.renaissance-jewelry.
Christine Altmiller www.onekisscreations.blogspot.
Cindy Wilson www.itsmyseaofdreams.blogspot.
Cynthia Machata www.antiquitytravelers.
Deanna Riles-Cox https://www.facebook.com/
Debbie Rasmussen www.kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Dini Bruinsma https://www.facebook.com/dini.
Jasvanti Patel www.jewelrybyjasvant.blogspot.
Jean Yates www.prettykittydogmoonjewelry.
Jennifer LaVite www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.
Karin Slaton www.backstorybeads.blogspot.
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Robin Reed www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Sally Russick www.thestudiosublime.com
Susan Nelson Bowie www.susanbowie.wordpress.com
Happy beading Y'all,