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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.

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.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Acot Hats Crystals And Leaves

This week there are a few last minute hats for Ascot where everyone wants to look fabulous.
I have a selection of hats ready to go and there is still just enough time to have a hat made to order.
The lovely little Bell Hop hat with antique veil and tumbling smoky crystals is great to wear all day put really cuts a dash in the style stakes.
As you may know I love flowers and at the moment my little pots are all flowering beautifully.
Toady I am going to make a hat for my display during the Tour De France it will be very round.!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Soft Golds And Mad Hatters Tea

I'm a little behind with my blog posts at the moment so here's a selection of whats been happening in the workroom lately.
Soft Gold tones look great with cream bridal gowns so this week there has been a selection of head wear with that in mind.
A bell hop hat with an antique gold veil secured with smoky gold swarovski crystals that tumble across the side of the left eye and a couple of smaller cocktail hats, plus the cloche hat with the ripple brim is now finished and on show in the shop.
Also this week one of my lovely interns left and gave me the most thoughtful gifts including the Mad Hatters Tea.! Melissa has been working with me for 11 months so I will miss her but she returns to uni in Sept to finish her degree and she'll have a few new tricks up her sleeve when she starts making her costumes again.
Today is the Hebden Bridge Hand Made Parade which is a little like the Rio Carnival but in Yorkshire and I can't wait to see the amazing parade and hear the Samba band.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Hat Blocking

I have had an afternoon of blocking, lots of neutral tones in fine straw and sinamay ready to create a couple of orders.
The creamy ivory fine straw with the rippled brim is being made for the shop and I love the way the straw will mould into organic swirls.
However when it comes to stabilising the edge and creating a small silk edge the hand sewing gets rather tricky but with a little patience it's soon whipped into shape.
At the weekend it was great to see a hat of mine on the front cover of The Yorkshire Post, the photo shoot from last month was in their weekend magazine and there was a five page spread.
Very nice thank you very much.!
This coming Monday I have a bridal shoot which I am really looking forward to. Their will be some very talented suppliers involved so as soon as there are a photographs I shall get them on the blog.