Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Ladder Necklace

This week, Queen Mary Jean O'Keefe of the Reigning Red Hats Chapter from Maryland shared this picture of her Chapter wearing the crocheted necklaces they made at their recent event. Since we know Hatters love a good craft, we asked Queen Mary to share the directions so we could pass them along to you. She was more than happy to post them. Here they are:
DIY Ladder Yarn Necklace
What You Need:
  • Ladder Yarn
  • Crochet Hook J or K
  • Ruler
  • Bobby Pin
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  1. Cut 6 strands of ladder yarn to the lengths listed below:
        2 at 2 yards and 28 inches
        2 at 2 yards and 26 inches
        2 at 2 yards and 24 inches
  2. Measure 10 inches from one end and create a slip stitch.
  3. Using a chain stitch, chain until 10 inches remain of yarn. Pull the yarn through the end to create a knot. Then stitch the 5 remaining pieces of yarn in the same manner.
  4. Line up the strands in size order.
  5. Gather the strands together carefully and tie a knot at the place where all the knots meet. Do this for both sides.
  6. Slip the loose ends of the necklace into the bobby pin close to the ends.
  7. Pull through your bead.
  8. Repeat this step for the other side, pulling through the same bead.
  9. Tie the ends together and you are done.
The necklace is adjustable for different lengths.
There you have it. We have included a chain stitch video for anyone who may be new to crocheting. If you happen to make this necklace, we hope you will share your pictures with us. You can post them on Facebook like Queen Mary did. Or you can send them to Stories@RedHatSociety.com

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Post from International Partner: HATalk e-magazine

It's almost time to put on your favourite Easter bonnet!

Hats and Easter have gone together for as long as any of us can remember, but have you ever stopped to think about how a traditional Easter bonnet would have been constructed? Many different types and styles of bonnets have been worn over the years and we find it fascinating to research the headwear fashions of days gone by.

Last year, we visited historical milliner Ani Townsend in Bristol, England who showed us how to recreate this 1830s poke bonnet.

                               Ani used a heavy grade buckram to create the base.

                                 Ani used a heavy grade buckram to create the base.

                                      And covered it with a Regency style fabric.

                             Finally, Ani trimmed her bonnet with lovely gold ribbons.

For full, step-by-step instructions on how to make this bonnet at home (in red of course!), check out HATalk Issues 91 and 92. To get these issues and over 100 other downloadable hat making resources, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today - Red Hatters pay only $19.95 a year!

Happy Easter from all of us at HATalk!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home Safety While Traveling

Many Hatters love to travel, and with the international convention coming up this summer, we thought we would pass along these safety tips shared by RHS Ambassador, Jan Lukas, of the Divas of Ancaster Chapter (Ontario, Canada). Here is what she had to say:
Are you leaving home for any period of time? Police are reminding residents to crime-proof their homes while they are away.
Here are some tips:
  • Whether you go away for a day or week, use automatic timers that turn lights on and off to give your home the appearance of being occupied.
  • Leave your travel schedule and phone number with a trusted neighbor or relative so that you may be contacted if necessary.
  • Leave a door key and key to your alarm system (if you have one) with a neighbor.
  • Have a neighbor pick up newspapers and mail or discontinue all deliveries.
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shoveled.
  • If you have a second car, leave it in your driveway or arrange to have a neighbor park their car in your driveway.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure that they are locked.
  • Lock your garage
Other Hatters added some tips to this post as well.

  • Don't post on Facebook that you will be away.
  • Have that neighbor or friend with a key change the curtains to open and closed at varying intervals.
  • Don't set a 'vacation' or 'computer repair' automatic email on your email account.

Join us in San Francisco this August! 
The 2014 Golden Gate Gala is the largest gathering of Hatters that will take place this year. Join us in San Francisco for a Red Hat tribute to the city by the bay. We have a four-day agenda filled with incredible activities, including a Bling Rush Romp (a glitzy evening with Old West twist) and a Chocolate Fantasy Ball (Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate). Click here to read the full agenda.