Thursday, 10 August 2017

August But A Tad Chilly









So August the height of summer. I know folks who have had a wood fire burning the central heating switched on and the rain has been endless. Summer it seems is feeling very shy this year and there is no sign of improvement but I am filing the shop with colour and all manor of fabric delights to chase those summer blues away!
I also finally managed to get an image of the grey and gold hat with agate bead trim. It had been too dark every time I tried but there was a moment when I captured it.
I have also finished the teal cocktail hat with blocked straw base and crin swirls
When I was searching for the perfect trimming material I came across some hand knotted silk that I had bought in Dubai many years ago and it was perfect in every way. Just shows that if you keep it long enough it will come in handy again.
Sadly I used the very last of my favourite fabric of the moment to make another bag and once again it sold within 30 mins of me popping it in the shop. It's funny how some fabrics are just a magnet.
So I hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays where ever you may be.
Chrissie. x






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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Hats Under Constrution






So I finished the pink beret with the vintage navy twisted ribbon as the trim. Its very striking on and just needs a simple dress to pair with it. It has a navy sinamay blocked inner and the open weave blocked outer. I love brimless hats but they do leave you very exposed so not always the choice for the first time hat wearer.
The middle image is a reversible sun hat, yellow one side and check the other. It folds up into a small triangle and will pop into a bag while you don't need to wear it. It's so easy to leave a larger hat behind when your on holiday isn't it !
Finally the gold and grey hat has now been sewn together but I haven't taken a picture as yet. Every time I try the light seems to fade or some other distraction happens so I will get one taken for the next post.

Chrissie x





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Friday, 23 June 2017

Long Lazy Summer Days









Well Summer has officially begun so we should be looking forward to holidays and sunshine.
With that in mind I have now got a lovely selection of roll up ladies Panama hats with are as soft as butter and roll up inside a strong tube or you can make your own with a piece of card. 
Brilliant for going away, walking or in the garden.
Ascot this week with ladies day yesterday. I wonder if my ladies had any winners ? Always a hat lovers delight to watch the round up of fashion at the end of the week.
Lots of flowers out at the moment including dock weed and seed heads which I just love.
The little piece at the top of the post is a lovely stiffened lace with pearls on a black straw disc bound in pink silk to match a dress for a wedding. So pretty and delicate looking yet actually quite robust as it's wired to keep it's shape.
That bright pink hat has had a second piece in navy blue blocked I am just about start sewing it together and then trimming can begin. I will show you how it turned out next time.
Chrissie x








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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Patient Leather Feathers









Hello hope everyone had a great Bank holiday weekend it's always good to get an extra day off.
I've been using a material called Jinsin which I bought from a Paris supplier a few years ago and have only used a few times.
Jinsin is a woven straw fabric which is brilliant for sculpting into wonderful shapes.
It has a warp of straw and a weft of polyester thread. This creates strong vertical lines which you can twist and shape into amazing curves.
This makes it the perfect material in my book as there's nothing I like better than a sculptural hat.

The feathers have been made from patient navy blue leather which I bought from a friend who makes bagshttp://www.ce-leathergoods.co.uk/

Ticking is another of my favourites so a bag and a holiday cap seemed to fit the bill with brown suede straps for good measure.
Alliums have been showing off the last few weeks so I took this picture as I watched them open up.
I bought myself a hydrangea for the shop doorstep as the hellebore and violas had come to the end of their season.
Still making Ascot hats but can't reveal them as yet !
Chrissie x
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