Monday, 29 October 2018

Turning Cold And Wrapping Up






There's a definite change of temperature this week and it's sent everyone reaching for warmer coats and gloves not to mention hats.
I've had lots of ladies in the shop finding a hat that suits their needs, looks great,and is easy to wear everyday.
This can be a challenge but with a little help it can be achieved.
Felt hats are very warm and I make a selection that can be folded on top of your bag, but they don't like to get very wet, so you need the right fabric as well as the right shape.
Our hand knitted poncho's are back in the shop, my sister knits them for me this one is a gorgeous blue and at the moment she's knitting a mustard one. 
Thick warm and can be worn over your coat as an extra layer when it's freezing cold.
I'm also making new winter bags including wool cloth and corduroy like the one pictured and there's a new range of backpacks being made so plenty to keep me busy.
There's also plenty of luxury faux fur hoods and headbands ready to buy as they are still very popular.
You can have your head measured should you need a smaller or larger fit.
You can just spot them on display in the window.
Get in touch or pop in if you'd like to see what we can make for you.

Chrissie x





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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Autumn News & Seasonal Changes












I love the seasonal change of fabrics especially all the wool cloths in all their colours and weights.
We have been busy making wool felt cloche hats again as they are so popular and keep you very warm. Plus lots of other warm and snugly things like berets and caps.
Outside mother nature has been providing lots of inspiration especially as the lichen is so amazing this year. 
I love the patterns it forms and the tones and varieties it grows.
I now have a new selection of hand knitted wist warmers, some with a chunky cable and some in plain. It's getting cold enough for gloves of one variety or another first thing in the morning lately.

I have just purchased these lovely metal findings in the image above which is a real find as I never see this quality unless you are buying them in their 1000's !
So far we have used them to trim a felt hat and a shoulder bag both look fab.
I will be off to a little fair this Sunday should I be in your stomping ground you will find me at the
Uppermill 'Make It Artisan Market' in Uppermill which one of the beautiful Saddleworth villages near Rishworth Moor. 
It opens at 10am in the Civic Hall in Uppermill village. Pop in and say hello if you are local.




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Monday, 20 August 2018

As Autumn Arrives







I've been away for a short break which does you a world of good. First to Scotland for a few days to visit relatives who are visiting from New Zealand and then to The New Forest for a bit of down time.
Both were great and I feel ready to plough ahead with new ideas for the rest of the year.
It most definitely feels just a little autumnal in the last few days but for me that heralds the need to buy a whole different weight of fabric like wools and tweeds, velvets and corduroy.
Today I purchased quite a few new lengths of different cloths so next week will be working out what I want to make with them.

I've posted a few images of the last wedding pieces that were made just before I went on holiday.
The veiled bridal headdress was worn with a teal chiffon gown and the bride looked utterly amazing.
Bottom two pictures are a couple of items that are being made from a lovely piece of soft jersey knit fabric. It's turning into a mini collection with flat cap,scarf, clutch bag and a neck wrap that's not quit finished.
I shall be bogging about the various events I will be attending or selling my wears at later in the year. So far I will be at The Hepwoth Winter Fair on Friday 30th dec and Ripponden Fair on Sat 1st Dec. Both events are a pleasure to attend and I will look forward to meeting lots of  lovely people.
Trying not to rush the year away but you've got to get organised !







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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Perfect Weather For A Wedding










Hello have you been enjoying the sunshine. Such great news for summer weddings as so many last year were bothered by too much grey cloud and rain especially last Aug.
This year however it's keeping cool that's been on every ones mind.
Now that is a change for our British weather !
Brides have been basking in glorious sunshine for weeks now and thoughts of how to cover up if it's chilly have been banished altogether.
The first hat was made for a mother of the bride for a garden wedding to compliment the gorgeous silk dress from Temperly which was just beautiful. The silk was like soft butter and the print was fun yet just right for a garden wedding.
I made a navy blue blocked beret and trimmed it with silk flowers attached to quills that I curled in various shapes.
I also have bought some lovely roll up straw sunhats and to date I have sold 40 ! I normally buy roll up panamas but this year decided to go for something a little cheaper. They still look smart and everyone has loved them so far. If you'd like one get in touch they are easy to post. 
Headbands continue to be popular for those ladies who want something smaller. The ivory and teal silk petal band sold on Saturday and now a dress is being found to wear with it.
Busy making holiday bags and accessories too like the stripey cotton cross body bag with matching large zip up pouch perfect for stuffing all your beach needs and more, plus it's washable when you need to give it a quick refresh.
Next weekend Sat 21st I will be closing the shop from 3pm but the shop will be open the following week Tues - Thurs as normal just closed  Fri 20th & Sat 21st and re open Tues 31st as usual.
Having a little break.
Chrissie x






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Saturday, 16 June 2018

A June Wedding







Well after the earlier non appearance of any sign of spring these last few weeks have sent the flowers, trees and shrubs into overdrive and it's absolutely glorious everywhere.
wonderful news for all the brides and wedding parties over the last few weekends.
However we have had hay fever hell in our house but eventually the times passes and everybody can breath again.
I am now well into my wedding hat making and race day events plus other fabulous parties that happen in the summer months.
There have been some amazing dresses that I have designed a hat for and these are just a few. 
I am blocking and sewing in every colour you can think of at the moment.
The two classic navy hats were a joy to make and I love trilbies it's one of my favourite hats.
Often I also make a bag to match the hat in many shapes and sizes the paisley silky clutch shape is very popular as it has a wrist strap making it really easy keep hold of it while you have a drink.
So if you are still looking for a hat or a bag get in touch and I will do my best to help.
Chrissie x






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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Hats Made to Match





So as you know I am always making hats to match clients outfits. It can be a dress or a suit or sometimes a trouser suit and anything in between.
Last week the dusky pink hat was worn to a wedding by the mother of the bride.
The dress was very interesting made from a heavy crepe fabric with large bow like details on the sleeves by designer Roksander.
The hat was a blocked beret with a large trim of petals / leaves in soft kid leather, silk and organza.
I also used some beads form a bracelet to finish off the trim. The same necklace was worn to finish the outfit off which was stunning. 
The first image is a navy blue blocked beret to wear with a Ted Baker drees. I used buttons to trim the hat in similar tones to the dress. It's been teamed with a navy blue jersey knit blazer and will be off to Buckingham Place for a garden party in June.
It's the best job making people feel really good about themselves.
Chrissie x


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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Much Delayed Blog Post











It's been a while since my last blog post and the reason is because I've had a hand injury.
This was self inflicted I'm afraid and a silly thing to do given the fact my hands are so important to my work.
I was jabbing away at something stuck to the side of a container with a pair of closed scissors and of course they slipped and went straight into my hand.
It has healed now but I can still feel it very tender. I couldn't do much for a while and then as soon as I could grip again I was too busy catching up with orders to do anything but sew !
Things has settled back to normal now and the wedding season is up and running. I have made quite a few lovely hats but can't show any of them just yet till after they have been worn. Most ladies like to keep their hats a surprise !
I am also making for Buckingham Palace garden parties plus there's Ascot so it's a busy time in the workroom.
My wedding weekend was all but snowed off but that didn't matter, all the gorgeous things in my windows have helped to inspire my wedding goers and send out all the right messages that I am definitely a great place to come for your upcoming events.
Currently in my windows displays I have a stunning wedding cake from www.kindcake.co  Incredible wedding photography from www.toastofleeds.co.uk 
Fabulous flowers from www.simplybyarrangement.co.uk and beautiful jewellery by www.rachellucie.co.uk
So between us we have all your wedding dilemas covered.
Pop in for advice anytime.
Chrissie x








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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Wedding Fever In The Air





Well not one royal wedding this year but TWO.
I'm sure the royal brides to be are very busy with their plans and preparations for the big day as are the brides getting married this year.
I am getting ready to launch my new bridal and wedding hat selections in the shop.
So if you are getting married or attending a wedding you might like to pop into the shop at 56 Market Street in Hebden Bridge on Sat 17th March between 11am and 2pm.
There will be Cakes, flowers from Simply by Arrangement, dress ideas from a talented new dress designer Leah Toppham, wedding jewellery from jeweller Rachel Lucie , wedding photography display from Toast Of Leeds and of course hats and head wear ready to try on.
I can also help mother of the bride or groom with colour and dress ideas before going to purchase your outfit as this can be a daunting thing when you are not sure where to start.
We will be serving hot drinks and you can taste delicious cakes form The Kind Cake Co who bake cakes here in town with many baking options including fabulous vegan cakes.
Ask as many questions as you like and build up your ideas from the talented folks available.
I've been taking several orders for the Palace this week some for the garden party and others for the investitures like O.B.E. etc very exciting.
So if you want to come along on the 17th but have a few questions beforehand please feel free to call me on 01422 618322. Chrissie x



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