Vivian’s Fave Hats: Letter Q

Greetings. We are almost in the homestretch. Only five more posts left in the series after this one. Even though it has been a lot of fun . . . . HOORAY!

As we mentioned, Vivian had only one hat design whose name began with the letter Q — out of all the 100s of designs she has created over the past 13, 14 or more years. Can you guess who it is? You “long timers” might know. (Hint: It is a fashion hat with a nautical theme).

Classic Hat

Since the one “Q” hat we had is a fashion hat, Vivian had to get busy creating a brand new classic hat. Wow, did she do a lovely job. She named the hat Quill. How fab is this hat?

Quill Hattingdon.

Vivian found the name Quill on one of those online baby name sites. You know the ones expectant mothers use to help find a cool and meaningful name for their baby? She certainly would never have thought of Quill as a possible name on her own.

Fashion Hat

Ahoy! Here is our solitary hat with a name that starts with the letter Q — a sweetheart hat (as Vivian calls this silhouette). As you can see, it is nautically inspired. Vivian named the hat Quinn.

Quinn Hattingdon.

Description: Quinn Hattingdon wears a nautically inspired sweetheart hat in a bold, dark navy blue. The hat’s wide, large, upturned brim is trimmed in red and white, and held in place by a large white anchor.

Five to Go

We have five days remaining, and ten hats. It will go like this:

Monday 23: Letter R
Tuesday 24: Letter S
Wednesday 25: Letter T
Thursday 26: Letters U, V, W
Friday 27: Letters X, Y, Z

Thank you everyone for following along with us. And thank you to everyone who has been helping Vivian with this project. You are all stars and have done a fabulous job.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

Created by ©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Vivian’s Fave Hats: Letter N

Hello there. How are you? Are you hanging in with us okay? We are beginning to get close to finish line. Hooray! Until then . . . .

Classic Hat

First up we have a very classy Classic hat. Love the colour combination. It is amazing how yellow and gray are always stunning together. Design name Natalie.

Natalie Hattingdon.

Fashion Hat

This hat was created in the very early days of Hattingdon Horses. Vivian has created several hats in this particular silhouette which she named the “mod cap”. This was her first one. Meet “Nina”. Love, love, love!

Nina Hattingdon mod cap fashion hat. ©Vivian J Grant.
Nina Hattingdon.

Series links

For those of you who have been writing about our providing a post or a page with links to the whole series, we will be providing something along those lines once we finish up. Our final day is Friday, 27th January. We will likely post the links to the entire series on Monday the 30th.

Thank you!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

Updated 1/18/23.

Created by ©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Stars and Stripes Classic

We wanted to post Liberty Hattingdon today . . . . which we did. About 10 minutes ago. We also wanted to post a classic hat being it is Monday. So, we are double posting today!

Classic

Without further ado, here is Gloria —with a coordinating firecracker . . . . naturally.

Gloria.

Firecrackers

Many historians believe that fireworks originally were developed in the second century B.C. in ancient Liuyang, China. It is believed that the first natural “firecrackers” were bamboo stalks that when thrown in a fire, would explode with a bang because of the overheating of the hollow air pockets in the bamboo. The Chinese believed these natural “firecrackers” would ward off evil spirits. Source: American Pyro.

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks. WKRB TV.

Fireworks

The very first fireworks were used as early as 200 BC. However, the tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4th of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day.

The Farmer’s Almanac tells us, “It is also said, that fireworks displays were used as morale boosters for soldiers in the Revolutionary War. At the time however, fireworks were the same type of explosives used in war and were called rockets, not fireworks. And so colonists celebrated the fourth even before they knew if they would win the war.”

Signing

The Declaration of Independence was announced on July 4th, though the formal signing didn’t occur until August 2nd, and the colonies actually voted to accept it on July 2nd.

There’s all kinds of cool stuff at the Farmer’s Almanac. Have a safe and happy 4th!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Donna Classic

Well, here we are . . . . late again. What is it about Mondays? Sigh!

Just the same, here is a treat for you this Classic Hat Monday. It is one of the very earliest classic hats that Vivian created (2008?), and the design is so imaginative. She named it “Donna” — after Donna Karan of course, who uses rickrack in her creations.

Donna Classic Hat.

We love how the black and gray stripes are set off by the multi colored “rickrack”. Speaking of rickrack, check this out.

Rickrack

Wikipedia tells us:

Rounded Open Quote in Gray

Invented in the mid-19th century, [rickrack] took its modern form and current name around 1880.

During the 1890s, American home sewers used imported European rickrack as decorative edgings for dresses, aprons, and lingerie. Rickrack was also stitched into lace elements, which were then used to decorate bedding and other home linens. Between the 1890s and 1910s, rickrack experienced a decrease in popularity. Then, during the 1910s, rickrack experienced a resurgence in popularity, and American manufacturers began producing rickrack to supply to the domestic market.

In rural America in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, rickrack was used to decorate flour sack dresses. These dresses were worn as everyday attire, and were constructed from the large cotton bags that flour, chicken feed, and other goods were shipped in.

Since the food had to be shipped in fabric bags anyway, the flour mills competed with each other by using attractive, colorful fabrics that the buyer could either resell or upcycle into dresses, aprons, nightgowns, dishtowels, and other clothing and household items. Adding trim like rickrack was a way to reduce the stigma around needing to use whatever fabric was available, rather than buying it from a store.


Thank you for spending time here with us today. We hope you enjoyed it, and Hattingdon gave you a hatful of smiles.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Updated 2:29 pm

Becky Classic

Black and white are, strictly speaking, not colours. However, light and dark play a major role in art and design and have various symbolic meanings.

WHITE
In many cultures, white is seen as the colour of innocence and virginity, purity, loyalty and peace. In the West, white clothing and decoration are symbolic of the joy around births, baptisms and weddings. The colour is also associated with women as virgins, mothers and caregivers.

‘Colours are wavelengths reflected by objects to the human eye.
White is pure light and black is the absence of light’

BLACK
Black has different associations across cultures and religions: death, mystery and the darker side of human nature but also power, nobility and prestige.

Hattingdon’s “Becky” Hat

BLACK & WHITE
Opposites attract. In the case of black and white, contrast creates completion. The convergence of black and white (more so than any other color combination) is an example of how two divergent colors communicate more powerfully together than they do on their own.

Happy Classic Hat Monday!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian Grant Farrell. All Rights Reserved.

Loretta Classic

Happy Monday. We have a lovely hat for you. Pretty in pink.

Loretta Hattingdon.

Wikipedia, the fount of all knowledge (wink) mentions this about the color pink:

“Pink is the color of a namesake flower that is a pale tint of red. It was first used as a color name in the late 17th century.”

“According to surveys in Europe and the United States, pink is the color most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and romance. A combination of pink and white is associated with chastity and innocence.”

So there you have it! Hope you are feeling “in the pink”.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian Grant Farrell