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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, 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 them selves 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 walkimg 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.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Colour Blast









Two different hats that have been whisked away from the shop this week. One a navy blue bell hop with navy veil, ruby silk petals and smokey blue crystals, and the other a button hat a with pink and orange silk 
flower and a delicately wired trim.
Silk can be hand stiffened to different degrees so that you can then heat it and shape it into many shapes.
There are flower irons which will replicate a particular flower petal but I prefer to make mine a little more organic in their finished look.
Both ladies were tickled pink when they took the lid off their hat boxes. I always leave the lid on.. love a little drama.!

Friday, 4 July 2014

On The Artist's Trail










Anyone who has been to Hebden Bridge before will know that there are many talented artist's that live and work here.
So on Sunday [for the first time after living here over 8 years] I managed to pop along to Brooklyn and Northlight Studios.
There were so many studios to pop into and view so many different styles of work.
I took a few photograph's of things that took my eye and this is a small selection.
I bought a photograph of an art installation that I first saw in Manchester a few years ago of old  rolled up bed sheets which portrayed the ebb and flow of life, it was a very powerful piece and I am really pleased to have found it.
This weekend sees the Tour De France passing through the town on Sunday and it's already looking like a party is coming to town. Yellow bunting everywhere if it would only stop raining.!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Open Studios








Today has seen the start of  the open studios in Hebden Bridge when artists open their work space to show the public a wide assortment of art.
My friend Julia Ogden is sharing my workroom for the open studios paintings,screen prints and ink drawings as well as hand drawn pieces of wild life,and the local environment.
I have been busy with orders and replenishing hats and accessories, as well as buying fabric.
I came across the striking stripy fabric which has been whipped up into cushions,a zip up bag and even a shoulder bag.I absolutely love it looks so clean and summery, which is more that can be said for our weather. 
Today was pretty chilly for June but the foxglove is in bloom, the roses are out and my English lavender smells amazing so all is well.!
Pop in to the shop over the weekend or friday to Sunday next weekend to see Julia her work is a joy.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Grad Show











Last night I went to the Huddersfield Uni Textiles Grad Show where 3 of my interns from last year had their work on view.
There was a huge range of work, not only in style but in construction too.
I was only able to take a few photo's on my phone as it was very very busy and it was tricky getting a clear shot with so many people around. However I'm sure you can see the diversity and quality of the work was amazing. 
I went to see Emily, Holly, Fran and Josie who produced fantastic work, well done ladies it was very inspiring.