Gayle’s Custom Dragonfly Hat

I shy away from most custom orders.  Felting is unpredictable.  It’s tricky to shrink a knitted hat to the right size for a specific head.

However, if the person is easy-going, not in a hurry and willing to risk shipping hats back & forth, I’m happy to try a special request.

Gayle was just that sort of person!

Yarn color combinations for a custom felt hat request.

Gayle’s custom hat color combinations, with possible embroidery yarns, side-by-side

Gayle knew she wanted a dragonfly hat, probably in purple. She chose several yarn colors which I photographed, along with various embroidery ribbons, so she could choose her favorite.

Colors selected, I set about knitting, felting, lining & embroidering Gayle’s hat.

Carrie Cahill Mulligan's knitted felt hat #20 of 2012, purple with turquoise dragonfly ribbon embroidery.

Gayle’s custom felt hat with dragonfly ribbon embroidery.

Generally, I gravitate to tone-on-tone designs, so I suggested some purple-y ribbons for the dragonfly embroidery. Gayle really wanted the dragonfly to “pop” though, so we went with her first choice, turquoise.

Embroidery Detail of CCM Felt Hat #20 of 2012 - ribbon dragonfly with turquoise & jade gemstones.

Turquoise and jade gemstone beads are the focal point of this dragonfly embroidery.

I’m so glad we did! I love how this hat turned out. Gayle deserves all the credit.

Have you ever helped create a custom design? Did you enjoy the process? The results? I’d love to know your experience…

My 2nd Dragonfly Embroidery

If you missed the recent green overhaul of my “Styles” page, then you wouldn’t have seen my newest dragonfly felt hat:

Felt Hat #8 of 2012 features my 2nd ever dragonfly embroidery.

I loved the complementary colors of the 1st dragonfly embroidery I made for Katie – blue-green embroidery on red felt – but didn’t want to copy it exactly. That’s Katie’s hat.

So I tried the inverse color scheme – red embroidery on green felt. I’m delighted with it!

My latest dragonfly embroidery features red ribbon wings & sunstone & agate beads.

The amazing thing about dragonflies (which I learned while gathering inspiration for the initial project), is that they come in such a wide range of colors.

I anticipate a variety of colorful dragonfly embroideries coming soon… Stay tuned!

17 Days of Green – Embroidered Hat Design Collage

For today’s green post, I present a collage of my embroidery designs, all green (naturally!):

Green examples of my embroidered felt hat designs.

I also updated my “Styles” page with all green hats. I hope you’ll check it out, and let me know your favorites!