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.
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