Friday 30 March 2012

Citrus twist

There's lots of colour around this season so I have made a simple black cocktail hat but edged it in orange cotton and piped it with a green braid. The patterned silk makes a great contrast to the simple orange and the black corded lace gives it a little height,which sits nestled in the silk trim, secured with a green bead.
I have also made a neck scarf and head band in the same fabric as a well as a clutch bag in the orange cotton. It's very striking and would be perfect with a black dress.
It's just been put on display in the shop and I really love the vibrancy it brings to the top of my teak desk.

Friday 23 March 2012

Dream Boat Hat

Last year I met Polly Dunbar as she visited Hebden Bridge whilst speaking at Lumb Bank writers retreat.
She asked me if I would be able to make her a hat to depict the front cover of her next book. I of course said I could, and when she returned to Brighton she sent me some of her illustrations and I started working out how it would be constructed.
Using felt, silk, paint and threads I began to cut out the hull of the boat in pink and green millinery felt and once I had the right shape the rest fell into place. The sails are made from white raw silk and the rod polka dots are hand painted in fabric paint.
So that Polly can wear it easily it is worn on a hat elastic.
The book has now been published and no doubt will become another firm favourite with parents and children alike.
Polly has written many wonderful books all of which you can find on her delightful website
What a delightful commission.! Thank you Polly.

Thursday 15 March 2012

Wedding Ribbons and Petals


As the wedding season begins with lots of Easter weddings I always like to make a few neutral headband pieces and things that ladies can just come into the shop and team up with their outfit.
Everyone has such busy lives and often there is no time to have a bespoke piece made, however that does not mean that you can't have something original.
Both of these can be worn to a wedding or special event the first is made from pinopk, vintage petersham ribbon and veiling, the bottom one is all petersham ribbon, lace feather and a single button at the back.

It's also great to think that as they are simple colours you will be able to use them again.

Monday 5 March 2012

Buttons and Bows

I just love buttons, vintage of course are the ones which often have the most interesting shapes but there are some amazing buttons produced these days especially from Germany. Jim knoff is a button maker who produces many speciality types and styles but keeps his designs pretty secure and it's hard to view them other than at a trade fair such as modamont which I have never been to but is on my list, if only I had more spare time.
So as I was given a huge box of buttons as a Christmas present I have used a few to create a button embellished cocktail headband.
The buttons are twisted on to wire and secured onto a straw base which is edged in silk. Lastly I added a tubular crin bow.
So grab a handful of buttons and get twisting.!
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