Reflections on a Crown – Part III

Originally posted on Hats and Horses:

My “Darby” hat was going to the Belmont to help Leigh McKathan and her husband JB cheer on American Pharoah for the last leg of the Triple Crown!

The idea that this tiny cocktail could be the hat to see a Triple Crown champion crowned made me want to savor every single moment of its creation.

Blog-DarbyDer102-001AWeb.Lg But win or lose, American Pharoah was already a hero to me and every inch of this hat was going to have my admiration for him stitched into it.

Blog-AmericanPharoah-ChurchillDownsMay2015-LauraBattles17-FramedI got the yellow dupioni silk foundation underway.


Next, three red rose curls, shaped out of silk organza. They reminded me of the three jewels of the Triple Crown as I clustered them together for the center of the trim design.

Blog-Darby-HatProcess3ABlog-Darby-HatProcess3B-copy Four silk organza “feathers” came next, wired for shaping.

Blog-Darby-HatProcess5AA multi-layered bow in red silk organza was created and added.

Curly organza tails were…

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Short or Tall, A Beauty Contest for Us All

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Originally posted on Images of Cape Cod.

I haven’t had much time for posting on my Hats and Horses blog lately, so I thought I would share this one form Images of Cape Cod. Hope you enjoy it, and Happy Summer!


Originally posted on Images of Cape Cod:

We have five amazing contestants in today’s Sunday Best competition!

Contestant #1… the Great Blue Heron, seen striding slowly through the wetlands like some stately English gentleman in a blue-gray suit, surveying his domain.


Contestant #2, the tiny Sanderling, scootling in and out of the waves in search of his breakfast, a fast-moving, hard-working little fellow who’s tough to keep up with!


Contestant #3, the Snowy Egret, our whimsical white feathered dancer who is known to flutter up into the air on a moment’s notice, pirouettes and all!


Contestant #4, the Green Heron, whose rusty brown feathers provide the perfect camouflage as he fishes quietly in the shadows of the muddy channel banks.


And last but not least, the Great White Egret, a statuesque wading bird whose S-shaped neck, bright yellow bill and long black “silk stocking” legs make him a sight to behold!


And there you have them, a…

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