Sunday, September 25, 2011
Kelly Clark Pumpkin Hat
I had reached the last step in the stitch guide for the Pumpkin hat by Kelly and I felt I was all thumbs. No matter what I tried, I couldn't combine 7mm ribbon, ruching and beads in a way that made me happy. Many bad words were used. In desperation, I drove OTB (Over the Bridge) to the nearest Michael's for an easier embellishment solution. I searched the ribbon section, almost giving up, when I spotted 2 possibilities: a 3/8" black gimp and a 5/8" black gimp with black velveteen ribbon running through it. Not having had the foresight to bring the canvas, I bought both of them. I ended up using them both--the narrower gimp on the hat brim and the wider gimp under the pumpkin...ghoulish couture realized.
While in Michael's I also gathered what I would need to make a black feather wreath like the one Robin King is shown holding in the latest issue of Needlepoint Now. Having put a Styrofoam wreath form, black spray paint, 6 black feather boas, extra bags of black feathers and silk ribbon for the hanger in my cart, I did some mental arithmetic. Adding in the time spent not stitching, I decided I should look for a ready-made wreath. To hedge my bets, I bought 2 boas (I can always wear them in the shop in October) and some extra black feathers in case the purchased wreath is skimpy. When I arrived home, I went straight to the computer and found the perfect wreath. From JoAnn Fabrics, it is 19" in diameter and 50-% off I can't wait to decorate for the howlidays.