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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.

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

Monday, 8 September 2014

September News

September, the time when all the trees begin to show a little colour change in the most beautiful tones of green, russet and red.
It also starts to get a little cooler in the mornings and evenings so that means a few extra layers are needed to keep the chill out.
The two hand crocheted virgin wool neck wraps with buttons on the side were snapped up very quickly the minute I popped them on display in the shop, so more are being made in some beautiful hues next week.
I also think that last week was probably the last straw hat I will make for a while as most ladies will now be looking to have a felt hat made for Autumn winter wedding. 
However there are plenty of events overseas so I can't rule straw out altogether.
the two tone hat had lots of little crystals around the brim which gave a little twinkle as the lady moved her head.
I'm lookimg forward to all the winter accessories that will be made from now onwards as felt is glorious to work with and can be used in so many different ways.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

All About The Bag

I have some lovely wool kilt fabric in different tones so we have been making a few for the shop this week. Kilt wools are thick and very strong so lend themselves for bag making.
I am also loving using a little velvet ribbon as fastenings which comes in beautiful colours.
The bottom bag was made from a lovely wool and cotton mix pinstripe fabric with a beret to match.
I put it in one of my windows and had a phone call from someone who had spotted it while walking past and wanted to buy it before it disappeared.
The shoulder straps on all the bags are vintage petersham ribbons from the 40's of which I have several rolls but once I've used them they will be difficult to replace, they are so fine and silky.
So it's almost the end of the summer holidays, it's gone so fast but I've managed to do a few lovely things with my family and keep the shop going.
I love making winter hats and accessories so today a box of felts arrived, now all I need to do is turn them into hats.!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

New Trims and Trinkets

After a lovely weeks break at the beach in Wales, where the sun shone every day I have come back refreshed and ready to start work with new ideas and energy.
There are still lots of weddings around to make lovely head wear for and orders for Autumn events too.
I am also making my new ideas for Autumn and winter products including hats and accessories with gorgeous tweed and wools.
Rebecca, bryony and Melissa have now left and it's always strange when my interns that have been working with me for such a long time no longer breeze through the door every morning.
However I am now working with Helena and Evangeline and we are busy with many projects.
I must admit it's the time of year when I am busy planning Christamas which always seems far to early but must be done.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Birthdays and Braids

So I started last week celebrating a friends 50th birthday.We all gathered at a lovely location where all the children played games on the lawn and the adults sipped Pimms and generally had a good time.
There have bee some very busy days in the shop but a few new items were added to the selection including a cotton bag with a rich brown leather front pocket and a cloche style grey cotton cap.It is definitely my favourite hat at the moment.
Plus I opened a box and found some long forgotten straw braids. Bonus.!
Next week I need to get very busy as the following week I will be on holiday. 
Rebecca one of my Interns will be leaving on Friday so expect to see freshly baked scones in the next post, They are her favourites for morning tea.