Saturday, 24 January 2015

Snowy Days & A New Machine

Last Wednesday is snowed and snowed and snowed. My little girl goes to a school which is situated on the hills above Hebden Bridge so when the call came from school that they would have to close the only way back was on foot. 
It was a beautiful sight of white bright scenery, falling snow and laden trees and shrubbery. Sledging was great fun and everywhere had an alpine feel.
However last night it rained all night so most of the snow is now gone.
I bought an older sewing machine on Wednesday which I am delighted with. It's a very heavy metal body,quick and very precise. We are all just sightly in love with it in the workroom.!
Looking forward to putting it to good use this coming week as we plough through a huge list of
 'to do's '
I am about to make three lists for the wall for everyone to follow next week which include hand printing linen fabrics, bag making and blocking more formal hats for weddings and events for the coming spring and summer. Should keep us all out of trouble.! Chrissie.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Planning a wedding Photo Shoot

So the new year is up and running and so must we. There are many new hats and accessories being made at the moment, sketches everywhere and ideas scribbled down so that they don't disappear from my head space.
I'm also planning a little wedding photo shoot hopefully with a local dress designer.
I'm going to keep it nice and simple pared back with a simple backdrop and more emphasis on the head wear this time.
I will be buying spring fabrics next week although it is currently snowing here,! printing my own designs on cottons and linens which we will then make into bags etc.
So there's plenty to think about and it doesn't really matter what the weather is up to. Although it's not particularly pleasant for shoppers.
This morning a lady braved the cold as she has a wedding in February, as they say the show must go on.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

What exciting plans we have to look forward to. As spring is approaching we are getting ready to start our spring collection including hats, bags and other lovely accessories, but before we can begin our creative genius, we will need a trip to shop for fabric where we will be looking for linen, cotton and light weight fabric that is fresh, bright and will be perfect for when the sun comes out. We have also started ordering our straw cones to block, to make some really fab hats.

 As well as that to welcome the spring in we are working on a new selection of home wear items such as table cloths, place mats and cushions, excellent for brightening up your home and making a change for the new year.
 If you fancy a new years bargain come along to the shop and take a look at our sale section and see if there is something you can't resist.

Along with that we have plans to revamping and painting the shop....... it's a bit like the forth bridge.!

Also as it is spring soon we are turning our attention to wedding wears, We already have a unique selection in the shop but will be making more as the months go by.
April 12th we are going to East Riddlesden Hall for the day (12 till 4) to their wedding fair, we will be showing our creations, so save the date and we will see you there!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

It's time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, thank you for visiting my blog thought out the year I shall be back in January with new ideas enjoy the Festive season.
Chrissie xx

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.