Wednesday 19 December 2012

Merry Christmas from the Hat Shop

All my Christmas orders are just about done and I have a bowler hat order to finish for the weekend. There has been lots of accessories made and bought as well as hats in just about every colour you can think of.
This weekend will be busy but I have still time to make a few more lovely things for the shop.
This year the decorations are all made from hand cut pieces of felt with a bird, berry and leaf theme in rich warm colours.
You can see from this post that the shop has had a re paint in very different shades from my black and red that I've had for 7 years, but I really love it and it keeps much cleaner.!

In January I shall begin making hats for spring events and weddings and will be very busy creating a special range of wedding designs for the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in March. I hope to take lots of pictures as they are created, everything will be made from unusual materials so don't forget to pop back in January to see what I'm up to.
That just leaves me to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy new year and a big thank you for reading my little blog.
Chrissie x

Monday 10 December 2012

Neck wraps and Cloche Caps

On Saturday I took a selection of hats and accessories to a Christmas Fair not too far away from Hebden Bridge and had a lovely time meeting ladies who loved hats. Here's a few things I took with me. A rich Violet cloche cord cap with a vintage buckle, matching neck wrap with large red button and a wool plaid beret and neck cuff.
I sold lots of lovely things which I hope will bring a few smiles on Christmas morning and also have a few more orders to add to my list. Tomorrow I am off to hunt for fabric and am crossing everything that I will be lucky as I really need several pieces to complete hat orders for Christmas.I could also do with making a couple of presents for friends....we'll see how this week goes first.!

Saturday 1 December 2012

Happy Birthday Hat Therapy

Today my little shop has been open for 7 years, it has flown by and no I haven't counted how many hats and accessories have been sold but it's quite a few. The Christmas decorations have been made [top two pictures, this year was felt leaves, birds and berries] On Monday I gave a hat talk to a group of business ladies at lunch in Leeds, most of them were in the financial sector so our working worlds were very different, but we all had a love of hats.The rest of the week was trying to make enough items to fill the shop ready for my anniversary event today and finish off orders like the grey felt trilby for a winter wedding.  Lots of ladies came to help me celebrate and the sales I had were amazing. so you can guess what I'll be up to next week.

Monday 26 November 2012

Harris Tweed Shoulder Bag

I love Harris Tweed for its beautiful range of colours and textures. This bag was a commission for a ladies birthday present and the plaid has a link to her family name, making it that bit extra special.
 I used a rich red silk lining and navy blue leather straps to compliment the colours in the fabric then added a hard card bottom, comfortable shoulder length straps and a brass fastener.
I hope she liked it.


Saturday 17 November 2012

A look around the Hat Shop

This morning while the sun was out I took a few photo's of the shop as I don't have a 'virtual tour' version at the moment.
On Dec 1st I will have been open for 7 years so will be hosting a celebration and Christmas Fair with lots of textile gift ideas to choose from so if you are local do pop in for drinks and nibbles. I will also be giving at luncheon talk in Leeds for a group of ladies who work in the city. We are all meeting at a restaurant called Create, I thought that was very apt.!.I will be taking along millinery materials, and a selection of finished headwear for them to try on etc.
Finally some of my work will be featured in a Finnish wedding magazine. I think that's quite enough for one week.The following week is just as busy so I better get back to some sewing.

Monday 12 November 2012

Three Felt Hats

A story of three felt hats, the top one I made from a luxury leopard print felt, then trimmed with bright pink dupion silk, added a hand cut felt twist and a bright pink bead to secure it in place.
The other two were made by Holly who is also with me on placement and as you can see is really in the swing of hat making. All three are now in the shop and I expect they will be on someones Christmas wish list very soon.!

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Black is Back

Two different styles of bows. The top one is made from crin a synthetic mesh,  the bottom one vintage gross grain ribbon.The crin bow is sat on a black sinamay base edged with black raw silk with a small vintage petersham ribbon bow to secure it into place. The black gross grain ribbon has been wired so that it can be twisted into position and anchored with two buttons one sitting on top of the other. There are lots of black tie weddings at the moment so theses pieces are now in the shop waiting to be whisked away.

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Black Lace Pumpkins

With a pair of Lacy black tights, three pumpkins and a little brim reed [plastic wire] Josie who is on placement with me gave me a hand this morning to whip up a quick Halloween window display.
 I showed her how to create a headpiece with brim reed and a pair of tights. The brim reed is held together with brass Ferrel and stretches out the lace tights to help create a sculptural shape. A little knotting, pumpkin coloured birdcage veiling and a clip and it was ready to wear. I wonder if anyone will want to try it on.?


Saturday 27 October 2012

Teal Wool Winter Hat

Last week I found this lovely piece of teal wool cloth it is plain one side and patterned the other so just perfect for making hats and bags of all styles.
They both have silk linings and a detail on the pleated side of the hat. They have just gone into the shop window and had some nice comments so I guess they won't be there for long.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Downton Abbey Inspired Hats

This week these two felt cloches have been made by my interns Fran and Josie. I started them off with steaming and stretching the top of the felt over a domed crown block then once it had taken shape I showed them how to steam, pinch and pleat the felt to create a cloche hat.Each hat has a very organic shape yet hugs the head with and upturned brim. They have caused quite a stir in the shop window this weekend and are on several ladies Christmas wish list. This week we shall make more in different colours. Great job ladies.


Tuesday 16 October 2012

Keep Me Warm winter Hat

It's great to have a warm pull on hat  that will slip into your bag. Here's a pink and black wool cap and a red boiled wool cap both look great on and suit most face shapes.On the pink there is a lovely vintage buckle and a ripple trim in red with three buttons.
Both have silky linings and will not itch your head just keep you warm. Both cost 45GBP get in touch if it's your cup of tea and I will make you one....or two.!

Saturday 13 October 2012

Felt Cloche Hat

The cloche is a hat almost everyone loves although the bell cloche like my felt above does not suit you if you have a round face. It is blocked all in one pushing the crown through a brim block in the upside down position. Strange I know but it eliminates the need to block the brim separately.
At the moment on British television we have the fabulous drama Downton Abbey which features so many wonderful hats. I have found a blog which features the programme.
Take a look at all the period costumes, interiors and of course head wear.


Thursday 4 October 2012

Felt Hat

Winter is just around the corner so I am working with felt and wool fabrics at the moment. This wide brimmed hat in luxury velour felt has been trimmed with a rich fine wool tweed to contrast with the pale mushroom felt. I have manipulated the brim to create a box pleat with steam while the rest has been blocked on a hat block. Felt blocks so well that you can create many unusual shapes even without any blocks just as long as you can secure it in place. Lots of pieces being made so will be posting some new pictures very soon. I have a lovely small top hat almost finished.!

Monday 24 September 2012

Head Candy

Here's two more designs ready to sell on my shop at what I always wanted online with lots of other designs in various colours. These two are both on a silk headband which is easy to wear. With lots of lovely hand made items to view it's well worth a visit to what I always wanted.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Vibrant Silk Cocktail Cap

It's an incredibly busy time at the moment with the change of season to warmer hats and re stocking of other places I sell my hats. Today my intern Emily and I were sat busy making a new range of 'head candy' for the site where I sell a range of headbands but this season I am adding a small range of little cocktail caps too. This one is a vibrant silk with veiling and vintage button. I will post a few more designs very soon.

Friday 7 September 2012

'If I knew you were coming I'd of baked a cake'


Recently I made a bridal headband, cocktail rose with veiling and a silk pill box hat for a local wedding.The reception was held at a very famous afternoon tea rooms called Betty's in Harrogate North Yorkshire where individual afternoon tea was served to all the guests.
Emily my Intern has been with me for several weeks now and when she came to meet me for the first time, she brought with her an apron that she had made as her final project in college.I knew that it definitely deserved to be shown to the public and when I asked the local mother of the bride if she would let me have a few photographs of the wedding a window idea came to life.
Based on the song ' If I knew you were coming I'd of baked a cake' Emily's apron with a selection of photographs and several pieces of my own tea set crockery bought at an auction a few years ago makes for a very lovely window display. Lots of people are stopping to read the little bio Emily has written about the making of her apron and it has bought a smile to many faces.
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