Sunday 23 December 2018

Merry Christmas From The Hat Shop

So here we are almost at the end of the year ready for time with family and friends for those of us luckily enough to celebrate in that way.
2018 has been a tough year,  the high street has been very quite people have been tightening their belts and who can blame them.
As usual I have been lucky to have orders that keep me going but it's definitely a roller coaster of emotions from month to month and an uncertainty to your usefulness or if you are relevant anymore.
A creative life is a wonderful way to earn a living you could say a privilege but an uncertain one at the same time. There are shops closing everyday. My work fills me with joy and my passion never changes as I strive to create lovely things that make people happy.

In January after being asked countless times I have decided to run a short
Millinery Course for 4 weeks ONLY 3 PLACES AVAILABLE £25 per class  [inc all materials]
Beginning 2nd week of January on the 8th Every Tues evening from 7pm till 9pm at the shop in my workroom.
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Let's hope that 2019 will bring a new energy and a feeling of resurgence in business.
Thanks to everyone for their support through the year it's very much appreciated and I am looking forward to January when I will return after a Christmas break.
Merry Christmas to all.


Sunday 25 November 2018

December Dates For Your Diary

Only a week left until it's December, how did that happen! This year seems to have flown for me, although I say that every year.
After a long glorious summer we then had the most amazing Autumn when the trees kept their colour for weeks.
Now it's really turned cold and winter is here but of course that means wrapping up and keeping warm in hats and gloves.
So there's a big selection of all things winter in the shop from hand knitted items to wool cloth hats, felts hats and lovely new bag shapes.
The little bags with various bows are gift bags to pop your presents into, and they can the be used again and again or just used as a bag for anything. They come in small medium and large, £5 £8 & £10 or £20 for a set of three.
What could be nicer than a unique little gift wrapped in a unique little bag.
This week has also been Indie Week a campaign the Just A Card have been running.
Getting the word out about all the small shops and how all the smaller sales like a card are just as important as bigger sales. There are passionate about raising the awareness of independent shops just like mine and how they can survive and thrive.
I've been making backpacks from various fabrics including this chenille version with a checked wool front pocket.It can be worn as a cross body bag or held by hand.
Slowly but surely in between sewing the Christmas decorations are going up, the wreath is on the door and I have lots of fresh greenery in the shop.
I'm going to be at a couple of events next week so if you can't make it to the shop you might manage a visit ti the fairs.
Both will be lovely and well worth a visit.
On the 1st of December the shop will be 14 years young which coincides with my birthday but I'm keeping that number to myself !

Chrissie x


Monday 29 October 2018

Turning Cold And Wrapping Up

There's a definite change of temperature this week and it's sent everyone reaching for warmer coats and gloves not to mention hats.
I've had lots of ladies in the shop finding a hat that suits their needs, looks great,and is easy to wear everyday.
This can be a challenge but with a little help it can be achieved.
Felt hats are very warm and I make a selection that can be folded on top of your bag, but they don't like to get very wet, so you need the right fabric as well as the right shape.
Our hand knitted poncho's are back in the shop, my sister knits them for me this one is a gorgeous blue and at the moment she's knitting a mustard one. 
Thick warm and can be worn over your coat as an extra layer when it's freezing cold.
I'm also making new winter bags including wool cloth and corduroy like the one pictured and there's a new range of backpacks being made so plenty to keep me busy.
There's also plenty of luxury faux fur hoods and headbands ready to buy as they are still very popular.
You can have your head measured should you need a smaller or larger fit.
You can just spot them on display in the window.
Get in touch or pop in if you'd like to see what we can make for you.

Chrissie x


Tuesday 2 October 2018

Autumn News & Seasonal Changes

I love the seasonal change of fabrics especially all the wool cloths in all their colours and weights.
We have been busy making wool felt cloche hats again as they are so popular and keep you very warm. Plus lots of other warm and snugly things like berets and caps.
Outside mother nature has been providing lots of inspiration especially as the lichen is so amazing this year. 
I love the patterns it forms and the tones and varieties it grows.
I now have a new selection of hand knitted wist warmers, some with a chunky cable and some in plain. It's getting cold enough for gloves of one variety or another first thing in the morning lately.

I have just purchased these lovely metal findings in the image above which is a real find as I never see this quality unless you are buying them in their 1000's !
So far we have used them to trim a felt hat and a shoulder bag both look fab.
I will be off to a little fair this Sunday should I be in your stomping ground you will find me at the
Uppermill 'Make It Artisan Market' in Uppermill which one of the beautiful Saddleworth villages near Rishworth Moor. 
It opens at 10am in the Civic Hall in Uppermill village. Pop in and say hello if you are local.


Monday 20 August 2018

As Autumn Arrives

I've been away for a short break which does you a world of good. First to Scotland for a few days to visit relatives who are visiting from New Zealand and then to The New Forest for a bit of down time.
Both were great and I feel ready to plough ahead with new ideas for the rest of the year.
It most definitely feels just a little autumnal in the last few days but for me that heralds the need to buy a whole different weight of fabric like wools and tweeds, velvets and corduroy.
Today I purchased quite a few new lengths of different cloths so next week will be working out what I want to make with them.

I've posted a few images of the last wedding pieces that were made just before I went on holiday.
The veiled bridal headdress was worn with a teal chiffon gown and the bride looked utterly amazing.
Bottom two pictures are a couple of items that are being made from a lovely piece of soft jersey knit fabric. It's turning into a mini collection with flat cap,scarf, clutch bag and a neck wrap that's not quit finished.
I shall be bogging about the various events I will be attending or selling my wears at later in the year. So far I will be at The Hepwoth Winter Fair on Friday 30th dec and Ripponden Fair on Sat 1st Dec. Both events are a pleasure to attend and I will look forward to meeting lots of  lovely people.
Trying not to rush the year away but you've got to get organised !


Sunday 15 July 2018

Perfect Weather For A Wedding

Hello have you been enjoying the sunshine. Such great news for summer weddings as so many last year were bothered by too much grey cloud and rain especially last Aug.
This year however it's keeping cool that's been on every ones mind.
Now that is a change for our British weather !
Brides have been basking in glorious sunshine for weeks now and thoughts of how to cover up if it's chilly have been banished altogether.
The first hat was made for a mother of the bride for a garden wedding to compliment the gorgeous silk dress from Temperly which was just beautiful. The silk was like soft butter and the print was fun yet just right for a garden wedding.
I made a navy blue blocked beret and trimmed it with silk flowers attached to quills that I curled in various shapes.
I also have bought some lovely roll up straw sunhats and to date I have sold 40 ! I normally buy roll up panamas but this year decided to go for something a little cheaper. They still look smart and everyone has loved them so far. If you'd like one get in touch they are easy to post. 
Headbands continue to be popular for those ladies who want something smaller. The ivory and teal silk petal band sold on Saturday and now a dress is being found to wear with it.
Busy making holiday bags and accessories too like the stripey cotton cross body bag with matching large zip up pouch perfect for stuffing all your beach needs and more, plus it's washable when you need to give it a quick refresh.
Next weekend Sat 21st I will be closing the shop from 3pm but the shop will be open the following week Tues - Thurs as normal just closed  Fri 20th & Sat 21st and re open Tues 31st as usual.
Having a little break.
Chrissie x


Saturday 16 June 2018

A June Wedding

Well after the earlier non appearance of any sign of spring these last few weeks have sent the flowers, trees and shrubs into overdrive and it's absolutely glorious everywhere.
wonderful news for all the brides and wedding parties over the last few weekends.
However we have had hay fever hell in our house but eventually the times passes and everybody can breath again.
I am now well into my wedding hat making and race day events plus other fabulous parties that happen in the summer months.
There have been some amazing dresses that I have designed a hat for and these are just a few. 
I am blocking and sewing in every colour you can think of at the moment.
The two classic navy hats were a joy to make and I love trilbies it's one of my favourite hats.
Often I also make a bag to match the hat in many shapes and sizes the paisley silky clutch shape is very popular as it has a wrist strap making it really easy keep hold of it while you have a drink.
So if you are still looking for a hat or a bag get in touch and I will do my best to help.
Chrissie x

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