TAFA’s Gift Guide: Hats and Gloves
Humans have expressed themselves with their clothing throughout history. Garments told a story, informing others about status, wealth, rank, role and function. Hats, especially, grab attention as they top off the rest of the attire.
Many cultures still use hats to tell their stories, but most of us now wear them for warmth or for fun. Why not combine the two? Handmade hats come with the stories of their makers and often add an extra pizzazz to tell your story. Do you wear hats? Do share with us in the comments when you are finished reading this post. We love hearing from our audience!
TAFA has a couple of members who specialize in interpreting their own versions of historical hats. We’ll start with them.
Delightworthyn ART/wares especially loves hats from the Edwardian era, but she is versatile, coming up with new creations which truly delight! She uses recycled materials, scavenged from thrift shops, adding eco value to her hats. Her hats could be described as historical, romantic, and maybe steampunk… Delight also creates bridal pieces with lace and veil which are just lovely. Hats are just one of her products. She also makes garments and jewelry.
Heather Daveno, also known as August Phoenix, focuses solely on hats, taking inspiration from world cultures, especially Asian ones, and historical uses. She sells through galleries and at shows and also enjoys a steampunk following. Heather’s workmanship is tight and impeccable and she also uses recycled materials in her work. Her website has a gallery of images of past hats which can be made to order, so make sure to check that out.
Hats are collected by many people. Hard ones look great on the wall, while floppy ones need some kind of a stand to show them off. I like to use tall ornate candle holders for mine. Here are a couple of tribal hats offered by our members:
This Nuristani baby’s hat is heavily embroidered, probably from the 1950’s. The tree of life runs up the side and buttons and other elements protect the infant from the evil eye. Afghan Tribal Arts stocks many tribal hats from Central Asia. Skull caps are normally worn with a turban around them with a view of the cap at the back, identifying where the man lives. Turkmen women wear ornate hats full of hammered metal beads and trinkets.
Itsa Studio has several vintage Chinese baby hats on her website at a reasonable price. Miao embroidery is dense and symbolic. A minority in China, they are related ethnically to the Hmong in Thailand and Laos.
Then, we have some art hats that take a brave soul to wear them. Break the ice at a party! Become the art at an opening! These are NOT hats to wear for a tumble in the snow…
Ariane Mariane will dress you from head to toe in felted art! Then she will surround you with felt sculptures and maybe make you sleep in her felt hut! If you are allergic to wool, this could be a problem… If not, it just might be paradise!
This is a hat I made using the candywrapper folding technique. Little bits of paper are folded, interlocked, made into long chains and then sewn together. I call it “King Tut”. The paper is recycled from the outer layer of dog food bags. This technique was made famous by prisoners and outsider artists who used cigarette packs for the paper. I’m the only one I know of who adds beads and buttons to the surface. The fun thing about this hat is that you can wear it with the opening to the front or, if you have long hair, pull it through! I also have several bags and cuffs using this technique. My profile on TAFA.
Now we’ll look at some functional hats that keep your head warm, but which are also great fun to wear. 80% of your body heat leaves through your head, so if you are going out and it’s cold, cover it!
Denise Kovnat has a couple of lovely knit hats in her shop on Etsy. A multi-talented fiber artist, Denise does not have a huge inventory, so if you see a hat, sweater or scarf that you like, you better snatch it up, quick, quick!
Rensfibreart has several crocheted hats in her shop. A teacher and an author on crocheting, Renate’s work is often free-flowing and dimensional. She is as sweet as can be, so drop her a note and get to know her!
Prolific is Leisa Rich‘s middle name. It seems like she has mastered every fiber art technique that is out there and you never know what she will come up with next. From space blobs to huge installations to dolls and accessories, grab what you can because you will never see it again!
Design Talented One sells recycled silk sari ribbon in her shop on Etsy. Lots of it in every color under the sun! She makes hats and bags and home decor items using this same ribbon. I love the chunky feel and the colors in this one!
Most of Fiberartistry‘s felt work is sculptural or wall art. Yet, she does offer a few hats and scarves on her website. Functional and warm, this hat is also elegant and can be dressed up or down. A hay ride or an event, this one is a classic!
How about this little pixie? I just want to pick her up, give her a squeeze and twirl her around! ArtNomadix MeggaYarnz has some really cool hats which have won awards, but I had to show off this little girl. The more complex hats include ones that can be worn or played with as a puppet. Clever!
Gloves often matched a hat back in the old glamour days and also told stories about the wearer. The elite might have worn silk up to the elbow, a servant wore white gloves to prove cleanliness and a laborer might wear fingerless gloves to keep on working. Thieves wear gloves to keep their fingerprints safe. We wear them because we can! Although, I have to say that I would probably fit into that labor class as I only wear the fingerless ones anymore.
Brenda Abdullah Designs are fab! Recycled from sweaters and other knits, Brenda’s fingerless gloves are serged into fun and color! Perfect for teenagers and college students, any age will love them!
Another Ariane Mariane creation, I had to show her off once more because she has been making a lot of these and they are way cool! Some are shorter, more like cuffs, and then there are others that have been made into vessels for home decor. Makes you smile!
Now here is a sensible pair of fingerless gloves that you can wear to the office, to church, and to dressy occasions. Elena Rosenberg Wearable Fiber Art uses luxury yarns in her gloves, shawls, cowls, hats and other accessories. Stay warm with class! If you knit, make sure to check out her pattern shop!
Another knitwear designer who offers patterns, Catherine Salter Bayar of Bazaar Bayar knits intricate designs using fine wool. She and her husband, Abit, live in Istanbul, Turkey, and also sell great reclaimed and overdyed rugs in their Etsy shop.
That’s it for our hats and gloves show-and-tell! Need a scarf? Check out this post where they were featured.
How to find our Member Products
Search our site with keywords like gloves, mittens, hat, cap, and see what comes up.
At the time of this posting we had almost 5,000 items there. The same suggestion applies as on our site, except that you need to have “TAFA” before the keyword: TAFA hat, TAFA cap, TAFA gloves, etc. Make sure you check off the ship anywhere option so that you see everyone.
Check out our sister site, Artizan Made! We have over 70 handmade shops there, but our Market is still new and our members are learning how to use it. Most of the market products link over to their shops on Etsy or to their own sites where you can find more of what they do.
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