Tuesday 24 December 2013

Another Year

Another year has flown by.They say time flys when you're busy and it's been a very busy 12 months.
I've made many lovely hats and accessories for so many unusual events, for brides and wedding guests, for other national and international social gatherings and for individuals who lead very interesting lives.!
I was also asked to make a rather large amount of berets for the winter Olympics, but sadly that request never came to be but it was very nice to be asked.
So it's time to renew my batteries over Christmas and the New Year when I shall be ready to do it all again. Merry Christmas. X


Saturday 7 December 2013



Today I celebrated another year at the shop and I was joined throughout the day by lots of friends and clients both old and new.  
The weather was pretty miserable but there was lots of laughing inside as we remembered events, dramas and even window displays.
Everybody drank mulled wine and mulled cider to keep out the chill and the homemade mince pies disappeared very quickly. Lots of lovely presents were purchased ladies were selecting items they loved for partners to buy and generally we had a great day.
I can't quite believe I have been open for 8 years but I if I could add up the hats that have been made it that time it might be a real shock.
So it's onward and forward from here with new designs and ideas in the new year, Christmas first though.!

Sunday 1 December 2013

Christmas Dressing

After last weekend I have been busy restocking the shop in preparation for the Christmas shoppers who were out in force this weekend.
Next Saturday I will have been open for 8 years and so I hope lots of clients past and future will pop in for a festive drink and nibble.
Time flys when you are busy sewing so it will be nice to pause a moment reflect on my small achievement.
Also we were  treated to the most beautiful sunset as I closed the shop on Saturday and I managed a quick picture, wonderful isn't it.


Friday 22 November 2013

The Art Market

So tomorrow will be a busy day.
I open the shop at 10am and close at 5pm as usual then it's pack the car, check my list and get myself over to The Art Market at Holmfirth which thankfully is only about 45 mins away.
With help from my lovely friend artist Julia Ogden, we shall set up and be open for the public from 8pm till 10pm. The lovely little gold chair is on loan for the occasion, beautiful shape isn't it.
Sunday 8.30am  I shall be ready to go to Gimbals restaurant  in Sowerby Bridge who are holding a little bijoux Christmas Fair and once I have organised my table I shall hot foot it back to Holmfirth for the rest of the day. I have a friend standing in for me at Gimbals so I need to remember everything she may need for the day.
Fingers crossed I will sell sufficient things to make space for things I need pick up from the Christmas Fair at Gimbals on my way back from Holmfirth.Who knows there my be very little to collect.!
 I may be ready for a stiff drink on Sunday evening.
It's good to be busy.


Sunday 17 November 2013

Christmas Shopping


Next Saturday I shall be in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire at The Art Market from 8pm till 10pm on Saturday 23rd from 8pm till 10pm and Sunday 10am till 4pm.
There will be lots of wonderfully talented makers of many things so its the perfect one stop
 Christmas shopping venue. Say hello if you are planning a visit.


Saturday 2 November 2013

'Jabot' Neckwear by Hat Therapy

Jabot is my latest offering to the world of accessories and can be found on the link below.

They are warm, practical and create a real statement around the neck. All made here in the millinery workroom at Hat Therapy with lovely fabrics and trims. Light and simple to post they make a great Christmas present or maybe treat yourself.

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Sewing and More Sewing

Autumn has arrived and the leaves are now putting on a glorious show. It's a lovely time of year I love it when all the trees start to change colour every day it seems. I drive though a woodland area most days and if the sky is blue the trees seem to glow. I collected a few and popped them in a vase on the kitchen table to enjoy the colours inside as well.
I have autumn /winter orders coming in now as well as winter weddings which I personally love working on as it normally requires wool felts and more sculptural pieces.
I also have to get ready for some up coming events, The Art Market in Holmfirth Nov 23rd/24th
East Riddelston Hall Wedding fair Sunday 10th Nov, a local charity fashion show next Friday and my own Christmas fair which is always the first Sat of December as I celebrate another year at the shop.
I did hear on the radio just how many weeks until Christmas it is today, but I tried to ignore it.!
I almost forgot to say do you like my new business cards.?

Friday 18 October 2013

The Story of the Parrot

Several weeks ago, a lovely lady came in to discuss what she might wear on her head for her wedding. She had very interesting plans for colouring her hair, and with a sharp elfin haircut she was able to carry off many styles. After careful consideration she decided that she liked the medium sized tilted topper the most. So the next issue once the shape was decided, we then turned our attention to the colours. 
The shoes that had been chosen to wear with the wedding dress had subdued rose pinks, soft limes and soft neutrals. 
I had the exact pink in Sinamay which I blocked the main body of the hat from. I then trimmed it in a pink silk and the parrot was hand made from soft faux suede.
The theme of the wedding most definitely centered around the parrot including the wedding stationery which was hand drawn and printed by local artist Julia Ogden
Her bridesmaid wore the little parrot headband covered in the same pink silk.
I'm looking forward to Mrs Parrot coming back to show me her photographs.


Saturday 5 October 2013

Disco wedding shoot

A couple of weeks ago I was involved with a disco wedding shoot that my pal the very clever Shelly Mantovani pulled together with many other talented people to create this Disco styled wedding shoot for the The Faversham in Leeds.
Like all shoots there are many hiccoughs along the way but on the day it all came together in one glorious glittery bang.
I made a bell hop hat with a cherry trim, Disco headdress, a red visor, sinamay crown and a bridal martini froth.
We had a lots of laughing throughout the day and this is a small selection of images.
To see more hop over to Shelly's blog   www.toastofleeds.co.uk

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