Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Meet The Interns

Every year Hat Theray takes on interns starting at various times in the year but collectively working as a team to make beautiful hats and accessories.This accademic year 2014/2015 Hat therapy has gladly welcomed a few new interns please meet them....

Firstly meet Helena  

Helena is currently studying Fashion, Marketing and Production at the Universtiy of Huddersfield and aspires to work doing pattern cutting for a fashion house. She has also been commissioned to make two wedding dresses and a prom dress this year and is looking forward to getting stuck in to these projects. She says " working at Hat Therapy has helped me to develop my exsiting skills, expanding my knowledge and has tought me to apply them to a new and differnt context".

Next meet Evangeline

Evangeline is currently studying Textiles and Surface Design at the Universtiy of Huddersfield. Her interests are textile art and textile crafts and she is considering starting an online shop selling textile arts and gifts and maybe one day to open a shop of her own. She says " working at Hat Therapy has taught me pattern cutting and construction which is incredibly helpful to my practice as they are new skills that I can now feed in to my final year. I has also gained some retail experiance that will be helpful when I am applying for a job".

Next up is Rebecca

Rebecca is currently studying Costume with Textiles at the University of Huddersfield. She would love persue a career in making costumes for the theatre. She says " At Hat Therapy I have learnt a new skill set that I will be able to utilise in my final year and aslo take with me into my prefession after I graduate".

And also meet Jenny 

Jenny recently graduated in FdA Contemporary Textile Practice at Cleaveland College of Art and Design. She is currently starting her own business called Jennifer Hill Jewellery where she hand makes sculptural fabric jewellery with a theme of nature. She says " it has been interesting for me learning how a professional studio is run in a business and how to work as a team rather than working solitary".

All of us help each other out in the work room and our tasks vary from pattern cutting, constructing, machine sewing, hand sewing and using specialist millinery techniques.the work room is friendly and busy with alway plenty to do, it is a lovely atmosphere to work in and we are all enjoying it.   

Friday, 6 February 2015

Printing Our Own Fabrics

For ages I have wanted to print my fabrics to create interesting designs and this week it happened.
I was going to make some screen prints but decided it would be less messy and therefore more manageable to cut out craft foam and mount them on to wooden blocks.
To begin with I drew a few simple shapes like the one above but now I know it works well I can make the next ones a little more intricate.
I used lovely Irish linen to create two pretty pashminas and added embroidery,shell beads and a little lace.
It is colour fast and can be washed so perfect for accessories. I also printed a small area on the front of a linen clutch bag. Oh the joy of printing I think I've found a new passion.!

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.