Thursday, May 1, 2008

Kentucky Derby

You know when you were a kid and you always wanted a pony?
Well, I was never that kid.
I had friends who wanted them and some who had them.
The fact that I broke my arm falling off one at the age of 5, might have put a damper into my equestrian career.


But I was a child of the 60's, and I do remember lying in the back of the station wagon at the Drive In movies when Mary Poppins carousel horse rode off of the gazebo and gracefully into the sunset.
She was wearing a beautiful white organza dress festooned with red ribbons, a cumber bun and a hat covered in flowers and tulle!
Cowgirls never got to dress like this.
So while horses were out, in my mind, the hats were in.
Now step into the Kentucky Derby.
I'm a California girl....How did hats become the derby fashion?

I am now a hat lover.
I love to make them. I don't love to wear them.
When Bristol, at Cottage by the River announced a Kentucky Derby hat swap I was at the gate!
It had been a long time since I had the opportunity to challenge my millinery skills.

Well her she is.......
My Kentucky Derby Hat made for



The base I formed out of buckram and wire, covered with batting.

But there has got to be a better way to get a structure that will be light weight, yet hold its shape.


It's covered in silk and lined in polished cotton.

The flowers are a combination of vintage millinery and fabric remnants stiffened, quilted and shaped.



So while others are watching the horses you can find me surveying the hats!

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52 comments:

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Oh my gosh, that hat is gorgeous! Love it! Saw the photos of you, hubby & daughter, that is such a milestone for her. Congrats to your daughter! I know how scarey that is!!!! Hugs***Renea

Michele said...

Your hat is perfect for the high society derby types. Beautiful!!!

Pinkie Denise said...

Your hat is stunning, I can see your wonderful artistic hand...You partner is going to love it Pinkie Denise

muralimanohar said...

You made that?? WOW!! I am *impressed*!!!

Adla said...

wow love your choice of fabricand stiffened florals. the hat stands out in more way than one :)

madrekarin said...

Gasp! Terisa- I am speechless. I'm so sorry you had to have a Hat Virgin for a partner. ;)
It is absolutely amazing! Beautiful. Lovely. Whimsical. Perfect! Thank you, thank you so much! I cannot wait to see it in person. (But I will.)
You know, I saw Mary Poppins at the drive-in as well. I was six, and my parents took my brothers and I to see it at the Braintree Drive-In Theater. (In Mass.) I still remember laying on a blanket on the hood of my dad's car, watching what I thought was the most magical movie ever made. I still think so!
Good luck with you-know-what! I am certain that it will be successful.

Sophie Rose Designs said...

WOW!!!! That is incredible!!!! Just stunning!!!!

*hugs* Dara

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

Thanks for the KIND words on my post, WOW!!!!!! Your hat is simply FABULOUS!!!! (this is the first time that the word fabulous doesn't even BEGIN to describe your beautiful creation!!!! I am so impressed BEYOND words! You GO Girl!!!!!

Flea Market Queen said...

OMG!
I adore this hat,
Love it, Love it, Love it!
Priscilla

Lola said...

You are THE Queen of hats. I bow down to your greatness...."we're not worthy...we're not worthy!!!"

That is amazing!!!!!

Sweet Treasures of Home said...
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Sweet Treasures of Home said...

The hat your made is to die for. It is just amazing!!! Are you sure you are not a millner? Blessings

Sweet Treasures of Home said...

Your hat is just amazing. Are you sure you are not a milliner? Blessings

LazyTcrochet said...

Wow! well-done! This is gorgeous!

sammy said...

Oh my gosh, this is incredible! You are so talented, I can't believe it!!! BTW... did your hubby paint the picture of the horses?

Karen from A`Musements said...

OH CRIMMINEEEEE!!! What a fabulous work of art your hat is! I had to look, and look and look again... Absolutely amazing! Boy, looks like a girl needs a hat like that, no matter HOW many times a year she gets to strut around in it. A glorious piece... I'm 'chellous'.
Thank you for finding me so I could find you!
xoxo
Karen

meg said...

OMGoodness! That is a stunning hat- what a treasure!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Oh WOW!!!!! This is so wonderful....what a fabulous creation! xo Heather

madrekarin said...

It is beautiful, Terisa. Simply beautiful.

My Crafty Little Page said...

It's fabulous, stunning, incredibly beautiful!!!!!Nancy

artsyfran said...

FABULOUS! If I were going to the Derby, I'd definitely wear it. So glad you shared this! xo, Fran

Charmingdesigns said...

This hat takes the cake!! It is just the best!! I LOVE it!! You did an incredible job!! I love your flowers, but the fabric is great too. WOW!! Laurie

Ulla said...

Ohhh, I adore your hat! What a spectacular confection!!! BRAVO!
aside: my bro fell off a horse when young too, and has been horse-shy since - you're not alone! I sure am glad you can still join the parade though!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a fabulous creation. It certainly suggests all things wonderful about the kentucky Derby. Your fashion design is showing and I love it!! Make sure you stop by this weekend to see Donna O'Brien's pirates celebrate the Swashbuckler Soiree. This pirate has already sailed her post. Karen

Christine Edwards said...

Terisa, that has got to be the most incredible hat I have ever seen! You did such a phenomenal job...but then I shouldn't be surprised.

Cheryl said...

Oh my WORD. I think you have found your calling...you're a milliner, my dear! This is truly AMAZING. Stunningly grand in every way! I'm so impressed.

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

wow that is FAB U LOus! super lovely!
I'm Derbying tooo I did some yesterday and now today...here's my little hat on flickr if you want to see
Warmly,
Stacy~Creativemuse
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5023227
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52895107@N00/

Beverly said...

Oh, it is absolutlely exquisite. I don't know whether to ask for a mint julip or a spot of tea with Mary Poppins.

Thanks for sharing your talent, and for an early morning smile.

Lori said...

what a fabulous concoction!!! your hat is truly stunning, i love the shape of it and the perfect embellishments!!!

pattie said...

GASP! Everyone is gasping!! IT IS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Truly stunning...

JgWM said...

Wow!! Found your site....oh I do not remember how. And no the dishes are not done. I have found the world of blogging and love finding new friends ( I live in a very small town in Florida). I Love your site and your creations. the hat is wonderful fun, but at 5'1", hats are not a part of my fashion style either. Your daughter is sooo cute, and clothes on the floor...........I can relate.

JgWM said...

Hi, found your site???..... I don't remember how, I think Arty Mama.I love your Derby hat it is wonderful fun, I am not a hat wearer either.

Thanks for your inspiration and fun projects. gayle
I am new to blogging, but weill be back.
jgwm.blogspot.com

KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations Teresa, I see that K&K voted you the winner for the Kentucky Derby. I am not surprised, you hat was gorgeous. Karen

vivian said...

OH mY GOD! Honey, I love that hat! that is sooo awesome. I am amazed that you made that!!! WOW wow wow!!! Im going to tell everyone at my blog to go to yours to see this hat!
have a sweet week my extremely creative friend!!
hug,
vivian

Sandra Evertson said...

Ok, this is the most Fantastic hat I've ever seen! It is absolutely Delicious! The stripped silk, the quilted flowers! Those whimsical curly ques! Amazing! How big is it?! You should create more and sell them!
Sandra Evertson

jillian said...

That hat is gorgeous! You are so very talented!!!
XOXO
Jillian

Beth Leintz said...

Holy smokes- that's incredible! You should be a professional millinear (sp?)- you know, person that makes hats!

dawnkristine said...

Oh what a wonderful Hat! Great job!

Mystele said...

what a super cool hat. you're good. thanks for stopping by my blog!

Shannon said...

oh my goodness...that is the most stunning hat! I just love it! xo shannon

pve design said...

Now that is what I call a "Mad Hatter"
I love it!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

this is sooo pretty!!

Fete et Fleur said...

I want one!
Nancy

Adla said...

Congratulations on your win :) your hat really rocked the parade :)

Funky Art Queen said...

Hey girl, you won my drawing...come over to my blog and see. We need to connect so I can get you the certificate! Yay

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Terisa, you are the QUEEN! This hat is absewlutely stunning, a knockout! I would have LOVED to have seen Mary Poppins while at the drive-in, but I'd love even more to steal a second away to WEAR this hat! Magic flows from your fingertips... but then I knew that having held your square art in me hands. xo, Monica

My Vintage Studio said...

Hello. I came across your blog while reading some others today. Your derby hat is beautiful! Love the fabrics and details. Your blog is great.
Sharon

Sweet B Folk Art said...

Your hat looks like something out of "Alice in Wonderland" or "My fair lady", you do beautiful work!

Sweet B

Leigh said...

Your hat is GORGEOUS!!! Totally impressive!!!

Abby said...

Oh...my...gosh...that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen!!! That is just incredible!

Dawnie said...

What an ispiration your hat creation is.Perfect in every way and I wish I could see this IRL.
LOVE IT big time.

Hugs
Dawnie T from the land of OZ

Daisys Little Cottage said...

Simply DIVINE! Unutterable Awe !