Latest Freehand Embroidery: Red-Hot Denim Blues Mandala

Recently, I was contacted by Gayle in Portland, Oregon, who’s ready for a new hat.

She loved the original Red-Hot Blues French-knot Mandala I embroidered last summer. But that hat found a new home with Gwen at the 2011 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair:

Gwen's New Felt Hat

Although not generally a “hat person”, Gwen’s blue eyes perfectly match her new felt hat.

I strive to create felt hats as unique as the wearer, so I didn’t want to re-create the exact same hat. Instead, Gayle selected several yarn colors she liked, and gave me her head-size measurements.

As luck would have it, I had a suitable hat, felted & ready for embroidering just waiting in my studio. And in between games at my 1st-ever coed hockey tournament this weekend, I was able to embroider it:

Red-Hot Denim Blues French-knot Mandala Felt Hat

Red-Hot Denim Blues French-knot Mandala Felt Hat (#114 of 2011).

Freehand French-knot Mandala Embroidery Detail

Macro detail of the 100+ french-knots in my new freehand mandala embroidery.

I’m so pleased with how this latest embroidery turned out. Now just cross your fingers that it fits Gayle, since she helped design it!

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!

New French Knot Mandala Embroidery: Sunset Sorbet

In advance of the 78th League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair this August, I’m busy embroidering felt hats like crazy.

"Sunset Sorbet," a newly embroidered art-to-wear felt hat (#37 in 2011).

Although I love each of my creations, I’m particularly smitten with this warm embroidery, created primarily with french knots.

Detail of freehand embroidery on hand-knit felt hat.

If you’re in New Hampshire between August 6 – 14th, 2011, please visit me in Tent 7.

Detail of 2011 Felt Hat #37, "Sunset Sorbet".

I’m looking forward to meeting the lucky person who’ll take this beauty home!