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Designer and maker of handmade hats and accessories in Hebden Bridge,West Yorkshire. This blog is all about my working day and the things I make and sell in the shop. So there's a lot of pinning,sewing,snipping, steaming and trimming what could be better.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Scottish Tweed And Pretty Buttons


I was offered a lovely piece of Scottish wool tweed last week and as soon as I got it back in the workroom I was eager to cut out a pattern and make something straight away.
It made a smart little cap and a neck wrap and there is still some left to create a few extra pieces.
On Sunday I went to a wedding fair and it was very busy with lots of lovely people.
I made several new hats to take with me including a little button with grey lace and vintage buttons.
I actually sold one hat which is very unusual at a fair as people are normally getting ideas but a lady fell in love and had to take it home.!
This week I need to make the start of my Christmas decorations and lots of stock as I will be holding a festive celebration at the shop on the 29th of November from 10am to 5pm.
The shop will be 9 and I will be....... quite old.
So pop in if you can there'll be drinks, tastie bites to eat and lots of merriment. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Boiled wool And Taffeta

A carpet of leaves have started to fall everywhere.I love the colours,shapes and patterns that they make.
This week I went to my local library and spotted sitting on the shelf the new Vivienne Westwood auto biography, It was the first time it had been displayed for loaning and I was the first person to take it out. It felt very special with only the one return date stamped on the front sleeve.
Ive only read a little so far but it's good and very detailed were the story begins in Paris fashion week.
I then went fabric shopping which is never a chore and found some grey boiled wool, damson taffeta, and a few other nice pieces of winter fabrics.
So I got busy with Evangeline and together we made a few hats and neck wraps.
A few have sold straight away, I think fabric speaks to you as you spot it and it's what constantly draws people into the shop, fabric, shape, and tone.
I'm looking forward to using more this week and seeing which shapes we will create.
Also need to create a Halloween window or my daughter will not be too pleased.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Trilby Hat & A Shoulder Bag

I came across this great thick cotton velour fabric last week and decided to make a trilby hat and a bag. It worked out well so I made two bags.!
The fabric has a slight self pattern but as it's only one colour it leaves a lot of possibilities for adding a little detail.
I shall be making more in other shapes, possibly clutch bags and a cloche hat too.
I shall be going to East Riddlesden Hall Wedding fair on the Sunday 9th of Nov so next week I have some new designs using unusual textiles to make.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Time To Wrap Up

So it is definitely time to start adding layers and wrapping up to keep the cold out.
Extra layers needed for early mornings and late evenings, hats gloves and scarves will all be making their way out of drawers.
I like winter dressing, I like the fabrics, the tones and the layering.
The poncho is once again a key accessory this season and perfect as a great cover up in general.
I have two hand knitted ones in the shop with more being made in other colours by my clever sister.
Have a look at the on line shop if you would like one. 
Wool felt cloches are back and once again I can't make them quick enough, they are smart, come in many tones and perfect for everyday, £75 each like the grey one in the picture.
All the flowers are now starting to change colour and loose their colours but the hydrangea is still beautiful so I took a quick picture of it before it sleeps for the winter.
I also have a new selection of Cathy Edwards leather bags and the bright orange and black make a striking window display of course there are others in the shop in more subdued colours as well as the ever popular black.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New Street Sign

It was time to have my street sign re done as it had my old logo and colour's plus after several years of general weather it was looking shabby.
A local sign maker has done a great job for me and was very patient as I wanted specific fonts, tones and spacing.! However I am delighted with it and it was exactly how I had drawn it.
This week in the mix of making this lovely little pill box hat was made for a wedding last Saturday and was worn with a black and ivory suit.
It was a sunny afternoon for the wedding party so I'm sure all the hats required no umbrella's.!
I am now making lots of felt cloche hats such as the red one and they are popular for everyday and weddings.
Still continuing to fill the shop with warm head wear and accessories which you can now buy directly from the blog ... just on the right hand side near the top of the page.
Keep warm,
Chrissie x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Coffee and cakes

Last week I hosted a Macmillan coffee morning at the shop and raised just over £50 so thank you to all that came and had coffee and cake and donated.
Spotted a lovely window whilst I was out and about, I always find architecture very inspiring and this window was just beautiful. So although a random picture I just wanted to add it to this post.
We have been busy stocking our home wears selection with a new fabric designs in neutrals making them great as house warming presents as they fit with most colour schemes.
This year I have added a hand knitted merino wool poncho to the accessories range, perfect for Autumn / Winter  easy to pull on and go and also great to drive in.
Can't quite believe it's October tomorrow but it is. I will be showing a new range of wedding designs at East Riddlesden Hall on November 9th and a fashion show in Halifax in October so there's plenty to be getting on with.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Birthday Little Blog

It's five years ago since I started The Little Hat Shop Blog, I don't have a massive following but I do know that people look and read it as they will tell me when they pop in the shop to try something on they've spotted, and overseas readers will e mail me about styles they would like in a different colour. So I have been saving a very special photo shoot that took place earlier this year as an anniversary special.

I asked a few friends if they would like to contribute thier talents, bridal gownsbridal flowers, bridal jewellery, photo shoot hair and make up as well as Chloe and Grace who modelled, plus good friends who just helped and of course my pal Shelly for all that is possible in photography magic.
It seemed like a good omen when after a shout out on twitter that I was looking for an unusual bridal gown with simple lines and no fuss that the very talented Jessica Charleston from Bath said 'would this be any good'

A latex wedding gown that looked like liquid silk........ Yes that would do fine.!! Jessica also lent me the beautifully simple ivory gown as well.
Shelly from Toast photography actually thought I was joking when I told her I've got a latex wedding gown and a slightly crumbling chapel to shoot it from.
So after a little orchestration this was the result.

So far the pictures haven't been featured on any blogs so if you know of a little place it might just work well then get in touch. It's definitely a touch of Kate Bush brushed with a good dash of Withering Heights. 
Thanks for supporting the blog so far.
Chrissie x