Does this gob smack you?
On January 1st, 2014, we launched the Mad Hatter Contest. Crocheters from around the globe were given a mission to use a top hat pattern by Red Heart Yarns. Everyone had to complete the basic top hat. Once the top hat was done, crocheters were given free reign to tell the story of Alice in Wonderland through crochet. It was open for crocheters to use mixed media and many did.
Daniel and I have been shocked, day after day after day! It has been incredible. The detail and concepts that have been applied to the hats vary so much from hat to hat!
Our entire team will be choosing hats at random to wear during the Creativ Festival Show.
As of April 11th, 2014, hats are still pouring in as the mail service takes time. We are launching the entire collection of photographs on April 20th, 2014 for you all to see.
Many crocheters took elements from the book, movies and even cartoon edition of Alice in Wonderland to share elements of the story. Some hats tell a specific theme while many of the hats tell elements from various parts of the story. Some hats are focused on one or two characters.
Each and every hat is incredible. We know that everyone pushed themselves to go above and beyond. We a lot of Cheshire Cats and each are unique. I need to crochet a litter box. There has been a great use of yarn, concepts and shaping applied.
Now if you think this hat is amazing… Wait until you see the entire collection at Creativ Festival on April 25 – 26th, 2014. You will be floored. I strongly encourage you to bring a camera because the creativity from our entire collection is second to none! This will be the only time the entire collection will be on display.
Currently, we have approximately 330 hats! Our challenge is to present the hats at Creativ Festival so everyone can see the details and artwork that each of the contributors have put into the hat.
Hats will be available for purchase at Creativ Festival. Every penny is going to build The Crochet Crowd Scholarship Fund. We are awarding post secondary students with scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded in October 2014 at the Creativ Festival Show. We are believers of community and education.
We reached out to Schachenmayr and James C Brett to show them examples of what has come in. Without flinching, they immediately offered 10 runner up prizes of $50 of a yarn sampler due to the concepts and crafts-person ship. We have had men and women compete for this.
While at the show, the best hats will be pull aside, as decided by a Creativ Festival Judging Panel at the Creativ Festival Guests will be voting on their favourite. The top 5 will each receive $500 in prizes from Red Heart Yarns, Creativ Festival and The Crochet Crowd. Due to Daniel and I recognizing the names, we are staying out of the judging completely to not bias the judges pre-selections.
We are all winners for helping students to afford education. That was the primary mission here. What you will see will stun you! I can guarantee that!