Paw Print of Antler Buttons

I didn’t make a lot of hoopla about it, but last year a new hat design came to me – a paw print of antler buttons:

Felt Hat #12 of 2012: Paw print of caribou antler buttons on knitted felt hat, by fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampsire.

My 1st paw print of caribou antler buttons on knitted felt hat.

(Andy makes the buttons out of shed caribou antlers, and in the past I’ve used them in my flower embroidery designs):

Felt Hat #2 of 2004, with 5 caribou button flowers.

Felt Hat #2 of 2004, with 5 caribou button flowers.

Well, I was sure delighted to get the following photo and note from happy hat customer, Katie Farrell, who was kind enough to loan her Paw Print hat to her husband, Chris:

Chris Farrell rocks his wife Katie's Antler Paw Print Felt Hat, especially for snowblowing.

Chris Farrell rocks his wife Katie’s Antler Paw Print Felt Hat, especially for snowblowing.

“Here is Chris in the hat! He loves it. I am glad it fits him as well.

Since it’s slightly bigger than my other hats, I tend to wear this one when I have my hair done so it fits over with out messing it up! LOL!

But Chris has been wearing it most of the winter.

Thanks again. 🙂 “

“Exquisite & Practical” – CCM Hat Testimonial from Wendy Besett

“If you’re just stumbling upon this site, let me tell you something…

Vermont glass artist, Wendy Besett wearing her latest CCM felt hat with dragonfly embroidery.

Glass artist, Wendy Besett wearing her latest CCM felt hat with dragonfly embroidery.

Carrie’s craft is distilled with skill and has integrity visible from miles away. Each stitch of her hats represents perfection.

I own three of her hats (so far!). They are practical for life here in Northern Vermont, yet provide just the touch of understated elegance I like. They wear so well that my seven-year-old hat looks as fresh as the one I just bought.

Glass artist, Wendy Besett, of Hardwick, VT in her latest Carrie Cahill Mulligan felt hat, with dragonfly embroidery.

Wendy Besett in her latest CCM felt hat, with dragonfly embroidery.

Carrie offers her basic hats ripe for personalized embellishment that suit individual styles–always perfect for each wearer!

At the nine-day craft fair we work together each August, I see many women (and men) wearing her signature hats—each so perfect a fit for that particular human that it seems a part of them.

Glass artist, Wendy Besett of Hardwick, VT, camped out asleep at a fall craft show in her CCM felt hat.

Wendy Besett sleeping cozily at a fall craft show in her CCM felt hat.

I love hats and have assembled a largish collection: vintage hats inherited from my great-aunt, hats I’ve traded our hand-blown glass for with contemporary hatters and many made of fleece.

Vermont Glass Artist, Wendy Besett sports a CCM felt hat with Spiral Vine embroidery.

Since getting my first one, I wear no hats but hers, and whether it is winter sports, doing errands in town, or at a fancy-pants craft fair in urban America, Carrie’s hats always get compliments.

Buy a hat birthed from the exuberance of this woman’s soul and, like me, you may feel beautiful, inside and out.

Exquisite & practical, Carrie’s hats are truly ‘art to wear for every head.'”

Harper’s Fancy Dragonfly Hat

[Last month, I got an email from one of my youngest customers, via her Dad, which I’m sharing here, with permission from both!]

“Harper wanted me to send you this picture of her in her favorite hat:”

Harper models her prized dragonfly felt hat.

Harper models her prized dragonfly felt hat.

“She is so sweet and protective of it she doesn’t like to wear it if it might get snowy or dirty (on the playground, for example).

This picture was taken on our way to a St. Patrick’s Day party last night (a suitably fancy affair, evidently).”

Thank you, Harper! I’m so glad you love your hat. And don’t worry if you get snow on it… That hat is tough as you, and can take any weather!