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My mother and i make all the bonnets by hand, in our homes in Maryland, USA.
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She’s my adorable draft cross with some pretty large ears. I could never find a fly bonnet that would actually fit those large ears, and not cost an outrageous amount for a custom order.
My mother taught me how to crochet when i was younger, although not very successfully. When i was layed up after surgery this past winter, I thought crocheting would be a good way to pass the time. After watching lots of YouTube tutorials, i got the hang of it again, and started making scarfs and various hats.
Spring arrived and so did the flies. I started thinking about Patti and her fly bonnet fitting issues, and thought i would attempt to make her one that actually fit. After a lot of measuring, various fitting sessions, and some trial & error, i finally figured out a pattern. When it came time to pick out the fabric for the ears, i realized i had a huge array of choices !
And so it began. I started making bonnets in all kinds of colors and fabrics. I stood out in the field and measured the ears and heads of 23 or so horses that are boarded with Patti, and then went to a friend’s farm and measured the horses there. From all of those measurements, I was able to develop a generalized sizing system of small, medium, and large.
One day i saw a small child’s hat in the shape of a fox, and i thought i could make that into a horse bonnet ! Back to lots of trial and error, then i finally had a decent fox bonnet. The fox became hugely popular and i sold an unbelievably amount the first summer. I could barely keep up with orders, and work full time at my other job. So i recruited my mother to help ! Together we have made an unbelievable amount of bonnets !