My goodness… the Alice Springs Beanie Festival came around quickly this year – with not enough hours in the day & other commitments I selected not to enter this time but once I saw the categories…. celebrating the Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire & Water… I thought, ‘What the heck…’ changed my mind & decided to have a go….
With very little time in hand I set to work – the crowns for both beanies were crocheted, machine felted & then hand-dyed – next I crocheted the bands to the crowns.
They looked very plain & ordinary at this stage – what to do??
Flame: off to the kitchen & Nuno felted some freeform patches using bright, fiery wool & silk rovings which I attached to the band & then set to beading the crown. Yes, you guessed it, this took ages but I’m super pleased with how it turned out….
Landscape Exposed: I made a freeform crochet coronet which was attached to the band & I then needle felted the crown using only silk rovings – still not satisfied… I decided to attach some felted dread lock tassels… yep, that did the trick.
So, there you go… my 2 entries for the 2011 Alice Springs Beanie Festival – Good luck to all the entrants & my sincere thanks to the organisers, for all their hard work putting together this fabulous event – may 2011 be a huge success for all who participate.
Mixed Berry Swirl: a delightful Freeform Crochet Beanie in bold magenta & purple shades. Created in beautiful Noro Kureyon, 100 % wool. The crochet band gives a snug fit to keep out those winter chills & Corkscrew Tassels add extra flair. Make a statement – dramatic & different for those who dare to be…
Woodlands: Traditional yet, at the same time, eccentric… this gorgeous beanie is just that little bit different for those who dare. Embellished with Ponytail Tassels & simple couching stitch embroidery adds the finishing touches to this distinctive beanie
Rasta Tam, Slouchy Beret & Scarf set in Autumn tones: Gorgeous, vibrant Autumn tones bring this lovely Slouchy Beret & Scarf duo to life. Created in super soft, 100% non-allergenic acrylic, the scarf has an open weave pattern & the beret is full enough to hold long locks – a flattering, easy wear, easy care set you’ll love forever
Portuguese man-of-war (Bluebottle): a small marine creature that I remember from childhood. I have lovely memories of strolling the beach, with stick in hand, bursting the little blue bubbles washed up along the shoreline – but, don’t be fooled, although not lethal, this iridescent beauty can deliver a mighty sting…
The moment I saw the vibrant, blue/purple of this gorgeous ‘Noro Silk Garden’ yarn I was reminded of those earlier days – the felted crochet crown is 100% pure wool with the band crochet directly onto it – the textured coronet is a continuous band of fairy wings which have been individually hand-beaded with tiny glass seed beads & then hand-sewn to the finished beanie. I’m rather please with the result…
This Portuguese Man-of-war Beanie is available for sale in my Etsy Shop