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.

Monday 3 September 2012

Hand Blocked Sinamay Beret

 Sinamay is not really one of my favourite hat making materials, but it comes in so many amazing colours which makes life easy when trying to find a particular shade to work with. This is one of my favourites blocks, a beret block that I had made to my design.After blocking the sinamay using 3 layers I have sewn brim reed to stabilise the inner edge and then lined it in dupion silk.I also added a hat elastic to keep it in place.
The stiffened silk petals are all cut by hand then hot irons are used to curl the edges. Finally beads and crystals were sewn to create a centre and hey presto you have a hat.!

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