Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hooray Beret!!

Just finished a crocheted beret in purely grape cotton. The lace was actually finished months ago after a month of hooking, but I decided to use up some beads since I have one or two, and the beret was just sitting there. Still. Not moving or trying to get away. So I attacked. I started with a tight spiral and loosened up a bit as I worked towards the brim.

Used at least a hank of Czech beads in every shade of purple and shape and style of bead and finish you can imagine and every cut a small bead comes in. Used one whole strand of copper lined sapphire charlottes to bind the edge in a scallop.

And what do you do with the little umbilical cord that hangs out after you've netted your last stitch? Why, you bead that too! I used a Swarovski pear drop and a cobalt and silver barrel bead along with other bicones and vintage beads in a bullion button so this hat has its own jewelry. Will be very cheeky hanging in front of a shell shaped ear! And I bet that whoever this belongs to will HAVE to try it with the drop hanging on the center of their forehead at least once!

All my head mannequins have gone out the door with various elaborate head dresses or hats. The beret is being modeled with an iron sculpture that my friend Carol bought for me when she was at an art show. She said attitude and pose, it just yelled my name!

It's for sale in my Etsy shop.


redchair said...

Oh Dina- It's just so intricate. (I enlarged it!!) Extraordinary work.

Oh yes- the mannequins is a 'Dina'. Way to cute.

Heather said...

Now you are trying to kill me! You know I love hats more than breathing! How could you make something so incredible and in purple with beads too! *Faints*
I love it, so very much. You know my Birthday is in September right? It'll be my very first 39th birthday. LOL
Love you, thanks for coming by my place, I'm glad you got to see your painting I did after getting back in touch, I really love and miss you like crazy...I can't even put it into words. Love, Love, Love!

queenlint1 said...


Thank you! I keep forgetting to tell people that my jpgs here on DWJ can be enlarged by clicking on them!


queenlint1 said...

Heather Marie!
I actually thought of you as I was making this! But no offense darling, that big intellectual brain pan of yours would rule out your wearing this one at least! The brim is a small: 18" to just 20inches!



Pam said...

that is gorgeous!

queenlint1 said...

Coming from one of the reigning Queens of Crochet, I count this as a true compliment!