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Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Up there is one of my gnome hats. It’s the first thing I created from start to finish with pretty much zero help– no online tutorials, no patterns to follow. I had the idea, figured it out, and got… well, THAT.

I’ve been a fan of Brian Froud for a long while, and many of his illustrations of gnomes and faeries have the little dudes wearing pointy hats. They almost look like acorns. I loved them, and at the time I was writing a book on fairy-inspired crafts, so I decided to figure out how to make one.

I started with blurry memories of how I made hats in Home Ec in junior high. They were beret style floppy hats (this was 1994, after all), made from triangles and a band around the edge. I thought a while about why they didn’t stand up like little Hershey’s Kisses– it was all about the size of the triangle.

So I started sketching. I knew the shape I wanted. I took measurements– of my head, of the distance from my forehead to where I wanted the point to be and so on. I drew and drew until I had a testable pattern.

It failed. So, so hard. I had to make four trial versions before I had something that resembled the hat above. It was another three or four tries before I had something I was comfortable showing anyone else. And that, as a matter of fact, is how I got started selling on Etsy– I wound up with this PILE of gnome hats and I only have one head.

They were pretty popular. And why not? They were unique, the design was solid, and I paid attention to things like “What’s the average head size for women? Men? Kids?”

My point is that I had to keep going. I could have given up after the first pattern, or the second, or the fifth. But I wanted to hold the hat that I could see in my head.

I still haven’t figured out how to get a candle to balance on the end of one of my hats. But that’s a challenge for another time.

Don’t give up. Try things out. Make mistakes. Make BIG mistakes that make great stories later. I learned so much with those bazillion gnome hats. I learned the best way to cut and sew corduroy, and how to make my machine jump through hoops, and a lot about math that I figured I’d never use once I left high school.

And if you’d like to stick your tongue out while wearing a flannel batik gnome hat, you can scoop it up from my Etsy shop.


Posted: October 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

My computer is dead.
Operating right now on my boyfriend’s laptop, but am hesitant to put anything on it (pictures and so forth) because I’ll just have to transfer it all when I get/fix my own computer.

So yeah. For now, radio silence. BUT AS SOON AS I AM WITH COMPUTER, LOOK OUT. So far I’ve got two tutorials and a sad story about trying to bleach stripes into my pants.

Over and out. *crackle*