Wearable Art Event Flyer

We are nearly ONE month away from the wearable art show and sale in the Shop @ DG at Dandelion Gallery. The show will feature a range of handmade and re-purposed clothing and accessories by Lake County area artists. Click on the PDF of our event flyer below and spread the word!

There is still time to enter your work- check the right side of the page for the link to an earlier blog post with more information about our artists’ call. Work drop off deadline is August 15, 5-7 p.m.



Wearable Art Show – Call for Artists!

Wearable Art Show & Sale

August 20, 2016 5-9 p.m. & special happy hour preview sale Friday August 19, 5-7 p.m.

The Shop @DG 109 S. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

Visit The Shop @ DG Facebook page to keep up with the latest wearable art show news.

Show basics:

  1. Artwork needs to be wearable by adult humans (includes fantasy non-human costumes), well-constructed and handmade.
  2. NOT ALLOWED: reselling, direct marketing (like Jamberry, knock offs, Silpada jewelry), 0r mass-produced items . No kids’ items- we may consider having a kids-themed show for a future event.
  3. Artwork must be durable and well-constructed. Badly constructed items will not be displayed for sale.
  4. Upcycled and repurposed materials are great and highly encouraged! Make sure items are clean and safe to wear. We will have an upcycled challenge- stop by our Dandelion Gallery info table from 5-9 p.m. at the June 18th and July 15 Art Wauk to sign up to select a plain item to transform and drop off by August 15!
  5. No fees, Gallery keeps 40% commission for any item that sells.
  6. Artists are responsible for any racks or other special forms of display for their items (hangers, hat forms, tables, etc.). We will have some table and shelf space.

If you would like to submit items for the show, it’s super-simple!

  1. Post a picture of your items and a general description on our Facebook event page or email us this info:  stitchingbevy@yahoo.com
  2. Make sure each piece of your work is clearly priced and identified with your contact information. You will also provide contact information when you drop your items off.
  3. Drop off your artwork Monday August 15, 5-7 p.m. at Dandelion Gallery, 109 South Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085. If you are not able to make that drop off date, have a friend bring your items by.
  4. Pick up your work directly after Art Wauk on Saturday, August 20 starting at 9:00 p.m. OR Sunday, August 21, 10-2 p.m. If you are not able to make those pick up times, have a friend collect your items. We will not mail items back to artists.
  5. Payment will be made 1 month after the event concludes and checks will be mailed to you.

Civil War & Victorian Mitts, Gloves, & Mittens

1860s Godey’s Gauntlet Mitten

One would think with the endless Victorian era patterns for knitted and crocheted household do-dads and accessories that there would be a large selection of basic mitts, fingerless gloves, or muffatees on record. Oddly enough, there isn’t, though these items show up frequently in photographs of all social classes during the Victorian Era. One might see knitted or crocheted shawls, vests, bonnets, mufflers/scarves, purses and the like, but not as many gear for hands.

1850s openwork lace mitt with fitted cuff


Most of the hand-wear that you see illustrated in these publications appears to be densely knitted or crocheted out of wool yarn. You can achieve the same effect using worsted weight wool on size 3,4, or 5 double pointed needles to get a strong, long wearing fabric. Some pattern designers have developed modern directions based on historical documents which make them easier to follow. We have also created¬† free patterns for a basic Civil War men’s mitt and women’s longer fingerless gloves that are easy to work up in camp and will be suitable for a variety of impressions.

Civil War era cuffs can be plain or ornate, and unisex

Outerwear for hands and wrists go by many names and most are interchangeable. Mittens can refer to what we think of as the rounded cover for the fingers with a thumb, or they can mean what we think of now as a fingerless mitt. A muffatee is a type of mitten but it mostly fits on the wrist, also referred to in older patterns as a cuff. Some muffatees have a simple opening slit in the side for the thumb while others are ornate cuff styles.Wristlets are typically worn below the fingers since there is no thumb hole. We refer to them today as arm warmers which also existed during the Civil War (leg warmers did too!).

Wool Muffatee Cuff on Etsy
Wool Muffatee on Etsy

As far as colors go, you can’t go wrong with naturals like browns, greys, whites, and black. But don’t be afraid to use bright colors like red, scarlet, acid green, yellow, orange, blue, or purple/violet. Stipes, solids, and more ornate patterns were also common, such as in these brown and ivory wool Shetland wristlets below. Using yarn from locally sourced artisans like Suzy the Shepherdess brings your accessories up several notches, plus there’s the satisfaction in knowing you are supporting small, ethical businesses that care for their animals! The men’s mittens below were made from such yarn and very easy to work with.

Shetland colorwork wristlets on Etsy
Wool Men’s Mittens on Etsy

Elf Hoods: Fantasy & Function


Green “robin hood” hypoallergenic yarn

It gets pretty darn cold in Chicago-land during the winter and nothing beats a cozy hand knit cowl for warmth. But most winter accessories can get lost in the crowd and become boring after a while.


Back view of yellow elf hood in acrylic yarn

This is where our elf hoods and hats come in! 100% hand knit in chunky yarns by Faith and Emily, these hoods combine the function of a hat or scarf with the fantasy of a woodland world. For those who do reenacting events like SCA, LARP, cosplay, Medieval or Renaissance faires, our headgear can run the gamut from historical to full-on fantasy and work with all ranges of costumes. Some are available in acrylic yarn which is hypoallergenic for those allergic to animal fibers. Our wool and acrylic blend yarn is fully washable and makes for easy maintenance. Cable and rib stitches add rustic texture.

Oatmeal washable wool/acrylic hood
Rustic Elf Cap

The construction involved in our adult pixie hats uses hand spun wool yarn, like the pink and purple rolled brim example pictured here. Handmade yarn has a unique, rustic look that isn’t able to be reproduced by other manufacturing processes. It is long-wearing and the warmth is unparalleled.

Hand knitting is a labor-intensive but enjoyable process. It’s fun to see a hat take shape before your eyes. Knowing that what you make is functional as well as appealing is part of the fun.


Variegated worsted weight yarn adds an element of fantasy to our modified Victorian sleeping cap and will keep you just as warm!