Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hats Off Challenge - Hosted by Bobbie Rafferty









Hi Y'all,

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".

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!

Plan "B"



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.

Bobbie Rafferty www.beadsong.blogspot.com
Christine Altmiller www.onekisscreations.blogspot.com
Sally Russick www.thestudiosublime.com
Susan Nelson Bowie www.susanbowie.wordpress.com


Happy beading Y'all,
Therese

20 comments:

  1. Love your hat pin! What a great idea...and so different from what we usually think of "jewelry!"

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  2. Therese you're all set to wear your hat at the races!! beautiful!! You crack me up with the first piece. I like where you were going - I hope you pick it back up and finish it!

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  3. Your hat pin is beautiful. You switched gears like a pro! Don't give up on the face cab I see huge potential there. She doesn't look at all like a witch to me, but she does look sad. Everything doesn't have to be overtly pretty and cheerful. One of the best things art does for us is reflect on life.

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  4. Plan B is a winner!! If you recreated that in full size, there would be woman lined up to arm wrestle each other for the chance to wear it! Bling, feathers, flowers, and color? The magic combination for a successful Derby hat!

    And I do love the rivoli flower on Plan A -- I can't wait to see what that turns up in some day. Thanks for being part of the challenge!

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  5. Such beautiful designs! I really enjoyed visiting you!!!
    You are great! I love viewing offerings from a fun and creative designer like you!
    Best wishes, jean yates

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  6. Don't you just hate it when your mom misses the mark? LOL! Happens all the time. My mom is the same way. The first one looks like she's wearing a gardening hat. I think a bow at the bottom might work, but I think a floppy ribbon bow not a rigid one would be nice. The second hat is adorable. I love both of them!

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  7. Plan B is a winner~fun and flowery and feathery and flashy :-) and you don't have to look good in a hat to wear the hat! Plan A...she reminds me of an old western woman cattle rancher or Depression Era mother or something. Someone too weary for that pink flower. Keep working with her because she has a story to tell. And your bead work on her hat is wonderful!

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  8. I enjoyed visiting you. Your work is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I love it when a Plan B comes together, very pretty hat pin. And ok Plan A is pretty cute, lets see where you take her!

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  10. Plan A is totally sweet! Work on her, pls!

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  11. Ok, I sooooo love plan B. I have some of those little hats and didn't even think of using them! And please finish up plan A. And let us see!!!!!

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  12. Very pretty pin but I have to say that I love your lady with the hat. There's a bit of a disconnect between the pretty pink rivoli flower but that's what makes it intriguing. Who's to know what's going to appeal? Everybody's tastes are so varied that there's something for everyone. Just look at the incredible variety of hats in this challenge.

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  13. Perfect. You did a great job with the inspiration.

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  14. Actually, I love them both! I thinks she is kind of neat! Your hat turned out great!

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  15. I like the first idea of the cab with the bead embroidery, that is very unique. The little decorated hat is very cute :)

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  16. I loved the beginning of plan A the beautiful lady too :-) but plan B turned out to be gorgeous! Very playful and great♥ on a LBD!

    Dini, co-participant, you find me @ http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl instead of @ the FB address in the list :-)

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  17. I love what you did for the challenge, Therese! And, I love your reference to Marley's Ghost for Plan A! But, using the little hat was brilliant. It's really adorable!

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  18. I think you did a great job in capturing the hat shape in beads for Plan A. (Christine's comment has me laughing, still.) And I can't tell you how impressed I am that you walked into Hobby Lobby and came out with Plan B. Brilliant!

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  19. Plan B turned out perfectly Therese -- it's the only type of hat I can wear! As for Plan A, I absolutely LOVE the hat you bead embroidered ... it's fantastic!!! I wonder what it would be like without the cab? Just the hat with that awesome rivoli flower? The face is simply too sad to appreciate the awesome accessory on her head! =)

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