It’s been nearly a year since my last post – I hope you have kept well and had lots of happy adventures in this time. My life (on the crafting front) has become overtaken by hats and I’ve immersed myself in all things millinery to learn as much as I can.
Over the winter it was all about felt cloches and 1970’s style floppy hats with their shallow crowns.
This last few months, sinamay (a straw based fabric) has come into it’s own as I’ve used it to create bespoke headpieces for a ‘Mother of the Bride’, a Hatinators for the races at Glorious Goodwood and a bowler style hat – just for fun!
Yes – that is a Fig Tree the hat is hanging in! I was trying to take some creative photos in the garden and I threw some hats up into my tree for the branches to catch – only problem was getting them down again!
I’ve also had a play with freeform work (where you make the hat by hand shaping the headpiece rather than using hat blocks to create the shape)…..
…..along with some silk button shaped Perchers – perfect for parties and weddings.
I guess one of the biggest steps of all has been summoning up the courage to start up my own (very small) millinery business . So far I have just been selling my handcrafted creations to UK based clients via personal recommendations.
Although I haven’t got as far as an online shop, I have set up a blog based website as a bit of a ‘look-book’ to keep a record of the headpieces I have made to date.
For all of you who prefer yarn to hats, I’ve almost finished knitting my first ever pair of socks – the post will follow soon!