“Thinking Hats”

I’ve been making “Thinking Hats” for family members and special frends for a number of years.

This is the first one I made for my husband. It’s worn when reading and computer game playing.

Made from lush green velvet with delicate hand embroidery in rayon threads on a satin ribbon and rayon tassle.

This reading hat was made for a Norwich Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition at Felbrigg Hall in 2016. It was designed for the library and inspired by the Liverpool Bowl on the mantle piece and the ornate wood carving below.

I was raised in Liverpool. I have always liked the tin glazed “delft wear” produced in many potteries in this country in the 18th century because of the depth and variation of colour.

I dyed the silk velvet and using stranded cotton hand stitched the design and made the tassle.

When one of my husband’s playmates saw his hat I received a special request.

For my son-in-law whose favorite colour is orange.

Fashioned from orange velvet.

This one is for my eldest daughter’s birthday.

I’ve used Norwich Stitch for the canvas work.

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