Monday, 13 November 2017

Getting Ready For Christmas

Come the beginning of November for most retailers be it small or large there is always one thing to focus on and that is Christmas.
Some people like to shop early and get all their gifts bought and wrapped as soon as possible while others wait till the last couple of weeks to do theirs.
I hope that lots of people will be looking to buy hand made gifts for family and friends this year it doesn't need to be expensive so remember to have a look in your independent shops.
There is one thing for sure you need to be ready with a shop full of gorgeous items, dressed for Christmas with a few lovely decorations and full of festive cheer yourself !
I am busy with all of those jobs at the moment. I do love Christmas and enjoy the build up to Christmas day but there sure is plenty to do.
The shop will be open as normal throughout November but during December I shall also be open on Sunday from 11am till 4 pm.
The shop is filling up nicely as quick as I can make things including a few smart Christmas stockings to pop a few presents in. I also have the hand knitted items including a merino poncho back for winter this one is a rich navy blue but there will be other colours soon.
So I hope to see you sometime before Christmas if you happen to come to Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie x


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Bumper Blog Post Catch Up

Sorry for the lack of blogging this month, it has been a busy time and every time I sat down to blog something more urgent took my attention.
So here's a bumper edition.
The first images of the old hatters brush was a find on my local market just yesterday and what a find.
Greetland is a local spot about 30 mins away from Hebden Bridge so I must try to find out about the premises if I can. I think it could be from the 40's or 50's. It's very special.
This weekend we have The Great Pumpkin Festival in town with carving and other activities so look out for things going on if you are coming to Hebden.
The woods are spectacular at the moment with wonderful browns and greens. The soft turban style beret is a great little hat for keeping warm and suits a range of face shapes. This one is trimmed with a little vintage buckle. Soft slouchy and a great everyday hat.
It's also time to create many felt hats this cranberry red with a large aubergine felt twist trim sold very quickly in fact all the felts have been quick to sell this month maybe people know it's going to be a cold winter.

I've started making neck wraps and hoods from luxury faux fur again.So soft and brings out the inner tsarina in you for the chilly days or nights.
My poor plaster head is really showing all the signs of age with cracks here and there so I am hoping to get her replicated as the facial expression is so charming.
Ive been buying lots of fabric and picked up a lovely piece of navy jersey which I hope to make a soft slouchy hat with and some velvet ribbon which I can never have enough of.

I also found a moment to make green tom chutney from the last of our cherry toms that we grew inside this year. So tasty and I added a few raisins but no sugar. Smells just as lovely as it tastes.

I was given a vintage dress box which was the same as my hat box from Marshall and Snellgrove who had dept stores around the U.K. may moons ago. They look great as a display item and many people seem to remember seeing them as a child or know someone who owned one, bring back back many lovely memories.

Lastly the mother of pearl buttons which I also found on the market in town [only three] were in fantastic condition and just needed a clean. I've used one so far but am hanging on to the others as long as I can, however there will be a moment when they are just the most perfect thing to use and will find a new home.

Chrissie x


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Back To Start A New Season

I'm back from a weeks holiday in Wales where we had a week of lovely weather ! 
As this August has been most unpredictable it was a really lovely surprise I can tell you.
Just before I went away I made my friend Karen a blocked beret in royal blue sinamy with a tutti frutti band of raffia wrapped around the hat, wired navy petersham ribbon and a selection of vibrant beads as a trim complemented her shoes and finished off her vibrant splash of colour. It went really well with her royal blue dress. 
Even Dad approved which I believe was a real compliment so I think I got it right !
I've also used up the final pieces of my beautiful caramel french ticking. This time I've made a shoulder bag wallet and little hand pouch.
Also attention all fabric fans. I will be demonstrating some fabric manipulation at 1.00pm at The Salvedge Fair in Barrowford on Sat 23rd Sept. 
It will be a very inspiring event with embroidery and many other traditional crafts to view and purchase. Plus a pop up shop of various art and crafts and the cafe and garden at the centre are a lovely place to sit and relax.
I think I will be upstairs so come and say hello.
Right I'm off to continue with more autumnal pieces in felt and tweed ready for the cooler months.
Chrissie x


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


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


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


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Patent 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 patent navy blue leather which I bought from a friend who makes bags

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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