Monday, February 25, 2008

Millinery: Smooth Chocolate Blues

What would smooth chocolate be like if it were to be sung as a blues song?

How would it feel to hear it?
How would it look if you were to see it?

Wouldn't Chocolate Blues be the background music for a romantic flirtation begun under a warm starry sky?

Wouldn't the blues notes run like glistening beads down around your heart?

Wouldn't the lover's lush caresses against the skin leave track marks to the mind; invisible marks that lead to where a heart had contracted, knowing it was falling in love?

The feeling of falling in love would shimmer, and slowly spill down colors known as the deepest indigo, and the richest purple, and darkest of chocolate, all the colors of satisfaction.

Bubbles and sparks of joy would shimmer inside, and overhead the chocolate sky would shake with starry syncopation.
Well, that's one way of looking at it.
Or I could just say that at last I finished the chocolate brown velvet hat I've been working on.

In these shots it is being held on my head with an elastic jenny, a simple elastic cord attached to both sides of the heart inside, and is slipped under my hair.

If I didn't want my hair to be pulled back like it is in these shots, I would just use a hat pin in the back and slip the pin through a small knot of my hair that would be bobby pined under the hat.

I was really aiming at making the hat a simple ruched design, so it would work well with this brown suit. usual...I got going and the few accent beads I planned on using managed to just mesmerized me.
I kept adding more and more and more...sewing about 20 minutes at a time over the last few weeks.

Why is it that when ever I try to take my picture, you-know-who shows up!


Marie Christopher said...

Oh, how pretty! Love the color combinations. Chocolate Blues!

Kate said...

Gorgeous! Your beading technique has really taken off. I know what you mean about getting carried away but then - why not!? Love it!
K Q:-)

Anonymous said...

I love the beadwork...the hat...the name...and that suit! Yum!

As for that character in the final picture, well, what can I say? He's a ham!

Spooky said...

Oh, really set off Blondie's Chocolate Blues. You're the perfect accessory!

Lovella ♥ said...

I love the chocolate brown hat..
Oh tiggie. . you are a funny kitty.

Your beading is wonderul too.

Jane Carlstrom said...

Loud wild applause. Oh that is lovely, oh you look fabulous in it!

My thought is put a blue, lavender lacy with a bit of sparkle top under the brown suit and viola' the hat is perfect for the suit. ;)


Dawn said...

It's beautiful, Jill...

Elizabeth said...

Love the cool hats.
I'm English and all our side of the family ( except me) wore hat's at our son's recent wedding on Long Island.
glad you got a chance to look at my Marrakech blog
I'll be back.......

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

A beautiful and very sensuous hat!

Yes, I noticed instantly that someone was posing behind you in that last shot!

Cristina de Prada - milliner said...

Really really gorgeous! The color is luscious and the beading is the cherry on the cake. Looks very good on you too, no need for jawline surgery I can assure you.
I would love to see a picture of the inside... does it have a lining?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! :-)