Denim and Bark Cloth Patchwork Cap

Hello, there is so much to tell you about today. As usual I will begin with the batch of hats that I have just completed and are now available for sale in my web shop. If you would like to snag one, please pay attention to the size in the title. There are five variations and I have one or two sizes available in each style. But there is also one listing in each style for a custom sized cap, incase you don’t see your head size. It will probably be some time before I make another batch, so if you see one you love…well, I hope it can go home with you. If you click on the photo you will be taken to my web shop.

I had so much fun creating these. After I made my first batch of caps from worn out denim jeans, I ended up with a bag of tiny fabric scraps. These tiny pieces are typical in the fashion industry and almost always end up in our waste stream. As a small, independent designer I can choose to take the time to make a hat from 27 small pieces of fabric. The insides of the caps are gloriously lined with either linen or silk. This is not your grandma’s baseball cap.

I also made a very fun discovery that I think is on par with chocolate dipped in peanut butter. Denim and Bark Cloth are a match made in heaven. I have been collecting bark cloth from the 1950’s and 60’s since I was a young whipper snapper of a hatter and I’m so thrilled to have found a way to incorporate it into these caps.

Denim and Cowboys…makes sense, right?

I mean…cowboys! What more can I say?

Hand made wheat straw hat

And then there’s this pretty straw hat. In my fantasy hat making world I would always be making hats like these that take days to complete. Working with my antique straw braid sewing machine is always a joy, well, sometimes there are tears, but I still love the process of sculpting a hat from thin braided straw. At the beginning of the season I always imagine I will have the time to make several of these kinds of hats, but summer is fleeting around these parts and before I know it it’s time to start making winter hats. I’ll keep working on my fantasy.

In other news, I am so grateful to have been featured on CTV. You just never know when the media is going to come calling. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the CTV Feature.

And sometimes I come calling on the media. I decided it was time to try to convince our government that taxing small home based businesses like mine with commercial property taxes is not the best way to support cottage industries and convince people that Nova Scotia is a great place to work from home. (It is actually a great place to work from home, but we still have some work to do)

I wrote this opinion piece for The Chronicle Herald

…and after writing that, Sheldon Macleod, from The Saltwire Network, reached out to me and we did a video interview about the issue. You might not wish to listen to me talk about Property taxes for 11 minutes, but incase you do, Click Here.

So, there you have it. Spring is definitely around the corner. I’m finding at this time of year that looking up is the best strategy. Literally. The ground is still muddy and the air still cold, but the birds are chirping away and the trees are budding. So much to look forward to. I hope you are all keeping well. Talk again soon.

2 Comments

  1. Sharrie on April 8, 2021 at 9:11 am

    ❤️❤️💕💕❤️❤️. Brava and much continuing success and coverage for your artistry, conservation activity and political activism that is so needed. ❤️❤️💕💕❤️❤️

    • HatJunkie on April 8, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Sharrie.

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