Saturday, 18 March 2017

French Ticking And Market Bags

Last summer I bought quite a few pieces of French ticking in various stripes but for some reason I never got round to making them into anything.
This year I intend to put that right by making lots of items with them and the first is this roomy market bag.
It's lined with navy blue gortex and has a large pocket in the stripes inside.
Soft cream leather handles and a hard card bottom so that the bag keeps it's shape when you fill it with your necessities ! plus the kitchen sink if you're like me.
There's also a d ring and key fob to clip the sides together for security or you can open it out to full width if you need to. This picture shows it with the key fob clipped to the d ring creating a tucking in version.
I am really happy with the shape as it was one I designed in my head quite a while ago !
Last week we had a few days of sunshine so I tried to get out and about spotting my favourite hellebore's in bloom and a few glorious views.
The little flower head sketch is one that I hope to screen print next, Mainly tea towels,napkins and face cloths I think.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Springtime Seems Around The Corner

I know it's still really chilly but it does feel as though spring is not far away.
 A few daffodils in the shop have been bright and breezy but my favourites are tulips of which will be plentiful very soon.
We have been bag making in between hatting using some lovely boiled wool to create a satchel bag and also some glorious French ticking for a gortex lined bag with a matching zip up bag, which has been a commission for a house guest. Hope she likes it.
I've also discovered a lovely new magazine which is providing lots of inspiration called Rakesprogress I can really recommend it for a good read and wonderful images.I purchased it from next door at Snug Gallery.
It's pancake day today so I wish you happy flipping !


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A Felt Beret For A Wedding

This is one of my favourite block shapes which I use to make my more formal berets.
A soft mushroom felt has been simply trimmed with a textured fabric which has a thread of colour running through it.
After blocking the beret two slits were made fairly close together and then I threaded the sewn fabric pieces through the main body of the hat.
Always a little nerve wracking when you cut into something that's already complete!
However well worth it to create this simple elegant look.
It has now been purchased and will be off to a wedding this weekend and then to Ireland later in the month.


Monday, 30 January 2017

Cold Enough To Wear A Hat

Natures pallet continues to provide all the inspiration for colour choices with the fog, frost and low light tones while we keep making warm hats. Last week was freezing here but the hoar frost bought the most beautiful images with crystals on all the trees and bushes.
Felt hats like the grey one are still very popular as they pull down over the ears which is never a bad
thing in the winter months.
I have a little selection of lovely boiled wools and this neck wrap is made with a mustard piece lined with a silky paisley print.
A few wedding hats were made in January but mostly cocktail headbands as they tend to be celebrated indoors.
However all our spring / summer hats are all under way, ready for warmer months and pretty summer weddings.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hello January

Happy new year all hope you had a great Christmas break,
I managed to get to the coast a couple of times. Once down to Bournemouth and then a New Years day trip to the lovely Runswick Bay just around the corner from Whitby.
I love the coast I find it recharges my batteries and clears my head which everyone needs at the start of the new year don't you think !
So today I took down my decorations in the shop and had changed the window displays and other areas of the shop to create a fresh feel.
I re open on Sat 7th at 10am and will be busy re stocking with hats and accessories for the up coming months.
It will also be time to start blocking wedding and event hats in preparation for spring weddings so there's plenty to keep me busy.
I shall put together a sale basket of various items so if you are planning a visit be sure to have a look for a lovely little bargain.
Don't forget that the shop tel number has changed it's now 01422 618322

Chrissie x

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