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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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Almost Christmas

Christmas shopping








So I managed it, two venues here at the shop and The Hepwoth Gallery Wakefield. Both Sat and Sun with enough hats and accessories to stock Macy's. As it had been my shop's anniversary the week before I really wasn't sure I could pull it off but with help from my interns Evangeline and Yessica, plus my sister who came to look after the shop and knitted like a lunatic.Gorgeous Merino beanies by the dozen.
But all went well the Winter Fair was wonderful and I met many lovely talented people as well as lots of lovely people who came and spent their money on a range of delightful stalls.
So now it's the last week before the Christmas rush so I am finishing off orders as quick as I can and adding to the stock in the shop.Sherry at the ready for the weekend.!
In other news after searching for a very long time for a stockman mannequin I found one in a new shop that has opened a few doors down from me so I purchased it popped it under my arm and walked it back to the shop.What a find. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Celebrating 9 Years Of Hat Therapy











So on Saturday there will be much to celebrate as you can see by my notice at the top of the page.
The shop has been dressed with foliage, lights, tartan clad mannequins made from chicken wire with ivy skirts and fairy lights for the windows.
Lots of lovely hats and accessories have been made with a last dash of making tomorrow and Friday in preparation for Saturday.
I guess it is an achievement these days to survive in business and it's good to have lots of people who have purchased hats and accessories in the shop for a festive drink and food to say 'cheers'.
Christmas is really drawig closer so we have a great selection of smaller gift ideas as well.
All made with fabric using millinery techniques and trimmimgs.
If you are local or planning to visit Hebden Bridge please feel free to drop in anytime 10am till 5pm.


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