EVERYTHING RAG

17 Aug

Rag hats are a style Michibella Gaetana came up with during her years doing Renaissance fairs in California, “Ye Bag Wench” (which by the way she is still doing and northern fair is coming quicker than you think). The process of creating a rag hat consisted of stripping multiple yards of fabric and crocheting each piece together. She created many different styles. Growing up with her as a mother and helping her create her designs its no wonder I have taken some of her techniques to create my own styles.

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The great thing about these hats is a lot of them have a wire crocheted brim. You can bend and tweak the brim to give it your own flare. Whether country western, steampunk or any type of cosplay this hat is just a base to create your own individual look. It is also made of Fabric so on those extra hot days when your wondering the festival in full costume, you can always stop and wet down your hat to cool off your head. 🙂
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They also serve as a great base to build off if creating a head dress.  You can attach all sorts of fun things you acquire from around the house and accessorize it.  Much like You would if you were using hair extensions except this time you have a hat to attach things to instead on your head and hair.  Although that is not to say that you cant incorporate your hair in the hat as well.  It is very easy to pull your hair through the crochet using a crochet hook and style making the hat appear like it molds and is shaped to your head.

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Hats weren’t the only thing my mother was crocheting out of rag.  Originally back in the day of “Bag Wench” coming into its own, She had started constructing vests using the same types of technique.  The style never fully caught on as she was way ahead of the curve when it came to creativity.

Years later I would take her original concept and push it a little further and start creating coats of my own.  Some were Tail Coat in style and others half coat half Vest with draping  of netting that gave it a whole new  flare of its own

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I began stripping fake fur and crocheting the edges giving it fun fuzzy texture and this is where I started with what would become a Classic Signature of Red Ant style of crochet…..I top stitch over my crochet giving trim all over the garment and occasionally grommeting as well. My top stitch crochet is usually a accent color and offsets the piece giving it depth and character.

Coats and hats weren’t the only thing I was crocheting out of rag.  Later I would start playing with what else I could crochet out of strips of fabric.  I also found that if I used Muslin fabric I could not only  buy it buy it by the bolt  and crochet it but i also could dye it different colors.  Though muslin dyes a little muted with a little bit of white vinegar and sea salt in each dye bath I found the fabric took the colors fairly well.

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