Hat season is upon us!

piper blue hat piper brown hat

It’s that time again, hat and scarf season. Sweater weather is my favorite time of year here in Ohio and when the temperature tips just enough for me to put on a hat I am happiest of all.

I was inspired  by my daughter, who has an affinity for the beanie style hat, to design this patchwork version made from recycled sweaters. I  wanted to feature the lovely colors and textures of the fabrics and create something that is utilitarian and beautiful.  It’s a long process from choosing the sweaters, washing and drying them, then cutting them into the pattern pieces to be sewn together.

They are one of a kind, soft, slouchy, warm, simple and interesting. Too many adjectives? For me, these hit all the right spots for a hat.

Available in my Etsy store.

pile of beanies

A Vintage Crochet Turban, For You

I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.

vintage turban pattern

It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try.  I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob.  If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.

So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.

Enjoy! – Jeni

Hat Sewing Today

visor hat webFinished 2 more samples today for the prospective “hat making book”. I guess I have 7 finished patterns/samples now. I need to finish a few more samples, then I need to grade the patterns, take photos, write prospectus and send this thing out to publishers. Making these patterns has been so time consuming. Each pattern is drafted, tested in muslin, corrected, then tested in muslin AGAIN. After all of that I can make the sample from the final fabric while writing down every single step it takes to make the hat.

girly cap web

I am definitely feeling some relief at seeing the little collection of finished patterns and samples here.  Of course next is the tricky writing part.  Writing introductions and descriptions may take as long as the patterns took!