Vogue Magazine features Onalaska woman’s creative, crocheted hats

LA CROSSE , Wis. (WKBT) – An Onalaska resident and seller on Etsy is getting national recognition for her creative homemade hats.

Dawn Shelton runs Gifted Acorn Crafts on Etsy, where her handmade crocheted bucket hats have become a hot sell. Shelton upcycles drink containers and cans as a frame, weaving around them with yarn and other materials to create a wearable hat.

American fashion designer Anna Sui commissioned Shelton after she, along with her nieces and nephews spent much of self-isolation in quarantine drinking Spindrift flavored seltzer; they sent their used cans to Gifted Acorn Crafts, which Shelton then turned into a work of art. The hats would have been worn for Sui’s New York Fashion Week 2021 Spring show, but COVID-19 put a stop to that. Even without the runway, the hats were featured with Sui’s “Ready-to-Wear” collection in Vogue Magazine.

Dawn says she has been making the bucket hats for 20 years. She was inspired by a popular event in our area where similar hats can be seen, and fortunately this festival also leaves quite a few empty cans behind.

“I started making them after years of seeing people wear them at Oktoberfest (in La Crosse). I thought to myself I wanna make these one day, so I made it my mission to learn how to crotchet and make hats – mainly for Oktoberfest.”

Shelton says each hat takes about 1 1/2- 2 hours to make, and she’ll use any kind of material her customers choose.

“I enjoy being creative, I enjoy trying new things, I enjoy custom orders from people, people challenge me. I’ve made shorts, I’ve made vests, I’ve made hats. It’s super fun for me.”

To see more of Dawn’s creations, request, or buy your very own upcycled hats, visit Gifted Acorn Crafts on Etsy or follow the shop’s page on Instagram and Facebook.