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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. Pinning,sewing,snipping, steaming and trimming what could be better.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter

Easter weekend and I hope this lovely sunshine will continue. Early in the week I was in Helmsley in North Yorkshire and the weather was beautiful. I took a few pictures of inspiring spots and the light was paticularly pretty.
Hat making continues with some interesting bespoke pieces and lots of everyday cotton hats. This lunchtime the postman arrived with a few roll up Panama hats in various shades and they are all gorgeous. Pop in soon  if you fancy one they sell very quickly.  Happy Easter.


Friday, 4 April 2014

On Ya Bike!

'A boy a girl and a bike' A classic tale of boy meets girl set in a northern mill town, the girls belonged to a cycling club, the boy 'a posh bloke' knocked one of them off their bike and a romance blossomed.
Shot in 1949 around Huddersfield staring Dorris Day and Honor Blackman this old movie seemed a perfect title to style our own version for a photo shoot especially with the Tour de France passing through town this summer.

So together with a talented team of people, Debbi the owner of  Hair salon Zeitgeist and myself produced the necessary goods for the occasion. She cut and styled hair and boy can she cut hair, I took care of the head wear and Rachel Lucie made some perfect jewellery .
Hebden Bridge has plenty of opportunities for photographic backdrops but of course getting a great picture requires a little magic. This of course came from the talented lens of Shelly Mantovani of Toast Photography
who quite frankly never seems to take anything other than brilliant shots.
There are lots more photographs which I will pop on the blog soon.
Looks great doesn't it.!

Models  Eve, Jake and Florance.
Make up Aimee aimee@beautycall.co.uk
Jewellery Rachel Lucie
Clothes Amelia and Dynamite 35 Market Street Hebden Bridge
Karen Mills  Finder of props and all round help.

Monday, 24 March 2014

A Week in Green


It's been a week of wild weather, Sunshine, hail, wind, rain and anything else mother nature has had in her back pocket.
So it's been heads down in the workroom making some lovely hats for various events and for the shop to add to our ready to wear collection.
There's been several ladies flat caps made in various colours that are adjustable with a strap and popper at the back, it makes them slightly more feminine and a great fit. Perfect for those who need a hat for the great outdoors or just love a nice flat cap.
The trilby in Chartreuse green and chocolate brown which has been named  ' Havava' has gone down a treat with much 'Oh I wish I was going somewhere' talk I expect it will be off somewhere rather swish quite soon.
I now have all the photographs from the photo shoot and will be showing them off next time.
Have a lovely week whatever you are doing.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Photo Shoot Day


This Monday the sun was out and I was very relieved as I had a photo shoot. Umbrellas not required.!

There will be  lots of terrific pictures of the shoot in a few days time which will show off the delights of Hebden Bridge.
I was joined by Debbie owner of  Zeitgeist a FABULOUS cutting emporium where every cut is perfection.
Together we put together a shoot based around the film  'A boy a girl and a bike' filmed locally in1949 and tells the story of working mill girls who belong to a cycling club.
Our clothing was supplied by a local boutique Amelia and a lovely make up artist Aimee came to dust cheeks, apply lashes and all other kinds of make up magic.
Spring seems to be here and the valley where I live has been beautiful esp the canal.
When the photographs are ready to post I will be back with another instalment of 'A boy a girl and a bike'
As Shelly from  Toast say's 'don't rush my genius'.  However she is a genius in general especially with a camera.! She also has the most incredible new web site.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sunshine On The Doorstep


Last week was half term so we took a trip to a museum in Manchester. The big red brick buildings with all their Victorian pomp and ceremony are always impressive and inspiring. I love all the details in the brickwork over doors and windows.
There were a couple of very last minute wedding needs. Luckily I was able to make them in time and the sun shone for the wedding which is always what you hope for.
I have also had some lovely spring sunshine on my doorstep which is keeping my hellebore happy. Always nice to be greeted by a happy plant as you enter a shop.

Next week I shall be involved in a very unusual photo shoot so there will be some great pictures to share, I'm just crossing my fingers for a blue sky and no rain.! The felt beret will be taking part in the shoot. The lattice felt strips remind me of a cherry pie top.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Lunchtime Event


Last Monday I went to the The Devonshire Arms Hotel to give a talk on millinery. It's a lovely hotel with roaring fires, the sort of place you could sit and just do nothing for a while. However I had plenty to do and after a Delicious lunch I demonstrated the steaming of a felt hat.
Everyone was suitably impressed [thank goodness]so after a chat about millinery in general, I took a few orders and said goodbye to a really lovely group of women.
I was even given a great bunch of tulips which happen to be my favourites.
I looking forward to going again soon. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Hats in Every Shape and Colour


The last two weeks have been very busy, we have made so many different shapes and styles of hats.
One for the races in Dublin, one for a dreamy wedding in Spain, a red one for the window on Valentines day and a large leopard felt hat.
On Monday I am giving a demonstration to a group of ladies at The Devonshire Arms Hotel  which has the most beautiful setting and always a pleasure to visit.
I shall be steaming a felt hat and showing a few millinery tricks as well as chatting about owning a shop and millinery business.
Lets hope this dreadful weather we have had starts to calm down and allows everyone to travel.!