Boiled wool beret. Custom order for Paula
Boiled wool beret. Custom order for Paula

Finally I have the opportunity to write a new and far more up to date post for the bewildering number of surfers who find my blog as a result of googling beret. What is it with berets? Everyone seems to be on a beret quest (take note crafters!). The ‘back from Origin’ post written a year ago, attracts more views than all other posts put together and this as a result of the tag…..(do I need to say it again?).

Today I made a customised beret for Etsian Paula. She wanted one in colours other than those offered on etsy so I showed her a few pics of other fabric samples. She chose a boiled wool fabric which was left over from a previous commission and I was excited to get the opportunity to play with it once again.

Beret panels cut and ready to sew
Beret panels cut and ready to sew

The fabric responded well to the usual treatment of zig zag seams and embroidered dots. Paula had requested a raspberry flower for the crown. I tried making the flower in felt but the combination of felt and boiled wool just wasn’t right. So out came the red dye and a rosy brew was mixed.

OK...lets give it a go!
OK...lets give it a go!
Looking good!
Looking good!

So the raspberry flower was cut and attached and here folks (drum roll) …is the beret!

and for a little luxury, a pure silk lining!
and for a little luxury, a pure silk lining!

It looks scrumptious on. Just my size and I want it!!!

Also emerging from my sewing machine were two lovely Lobelias.

Looking a lttle apprehensive about the impending journey ahead!
Looking a lttle apprehensive about the impending journey ahead.

a nest brooch for Naomi’s mum’s Xmas (how organised!)

and a Hebridean Hare Egg cosy for the purpose of documenting a how to pattern for Sew Hip magazine.

Dazed and confused!
Dazed and confused

Got to go. Desperate housewives!!

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

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