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Queen of the Mudwasps is a unique piece of sculptural fiber art. Inspired by the Kuba hats from central Africa, hennin style hats out of 15th century Europe, leafy and twisted-root mother nature, and flower faeries.

As with many of my designs, I am inspired by the silhouette of medieval and/or renaissance European fashion- but here I diverge quite a bit. I was making sketches of tall, medieval hennin-type hats to create, when I started to be inspired by the hats and costumes of people from other cultures outside of Europe. Here, specifically, I was inspired by the organic shapes of the ceremonial hats of the Kuba people from central Africa.

Like a tall steeple, this hat was created with a basket weaving technique of wrapping a cotton rope with a vibrant, textured yellow wool yarn over and over again to form a tall, undulating, organic shape. I call this piece Queen of the Mudwaps because after I created it, I thought it looked a bit like those huge above ground termite mounds found in Africa and elsewhere. I have added organically shaped appliqués made out of felted wool and moleskin fabric to add additional color and curiosity to the hat. A criss-cross of yellow, web-like embroidery covers these colorful appliqués.

Short and long ropes of wet felted wool cover the hat- these are inspired both by plant roots and human hair.

Many techniques come together to create this wearable art, including basket weaving, embroidery, appliqué, and wet felting.

Materials include: cotton rope, wool yarn, felted wool, moleskin fabric, poly-fiberfill, and embroidery floss.

Dimensions: 1ft x 1ft x 2.5ft (.30m x .30m x .76m)

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All images © Betsie Withey

Queen of the Mudwasps- A Fantasy Fiber Art Sculptural Hat

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton rope, wool yarn, felted wool, moleskin fabric, poly fiberfill, embroidery floss
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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