Monday, 1 August 2016

Above all, send the bees love..


Sometimes my favourite little projects spring from something I've seen somewhere. That idea will stay in the back of my mind, sometimes for a while, until I actually get around to executing it. 

A few months ago I came across a link in someone's wishlist (I think it was probably She and Hem) to this amazing sun hat from Modcloth. I bookmarked it on my phone to have another look on my computer when I was back in the office, but when I did so I realised it was out of stock. 

Since then, I've seen a few other hats with cute embroidered detail - this and this from Kate Spade, for example and this H+M one, but I couldn't quite decide on a phrase I'd like, and decided that the bees were still my favourite. 


So, when I was getting out some of the things I wanted to pack for the upcoming trip, I decided that this plain sunhat could be a good start point for my own version. I'd not worn this hat before, but being from Primark it had only cost me £2 so I figured I could happily experiment on it and see what I thought. 

I have heaps of embroidery thread at the moment, as we've been making friendship bracelets at Rangers to help with our fundraising efforts so I got started right away stitching out some yellow ovals, and adding some simple black detailing to them. I picked this up for about half an hour each evening for a few days and it was one of those lovely little tasks which are just repetitive enough to be relaxing. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. and will likely wear it in America (if I have space in my bag - things are getting tight in that respect). 

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All this bee talk has reminded me of this photo I took a few weeks ago now when we were running the last guides BP weekend. I think this guy is actually a wasp - it's part of the town sculpture trail and sits in the middle of a wildflower garden which hosts a bug hotel in the middle. The wasp(?) also spins around in the wind and we were quite taken with it. 


  1. This is really lovely, and so much better than shop bought!

    1. Thank you. SOme of them have turned out a little wonky, but I think that adds to their charm.

  2. This is SUCH a good idea - I've been loving all the embroidered hats recently (I think I first saw one on Rebecca at The Clothes Horse) but hadn't even considered making my own. Well, I now know what's next on the to-make list...after everything else :D

    1. Doooo it! Can't wait to see what you come up with, but I know what you mean about the perpetual to-do list.

  3. This is amazing, you are so clever!

    Maria xxx