A Step by Step Guide to making a Sinamay Hat with an up turned brim

sinamay hat from frontI have recently been to London to learn about traditional Millinery techniques from the great Rose Cory. Rose is often referred to as the “Milliners Milliner” and during her forty year career and has made fabulous hats for many celebrities including the late Queen Mum.

I’m writing this post as a personal record / memory jogger of how I made my Sinamay Hat under Rose’s guidance. What has become apparent over the last few months is that there is no right or wrong way to make a hat, every millinery has their own preference, tips and techniques. If you have any of your own, please send me your comment – I would love to know. Continue reading

Lori Rose

A few months ago I had a Facebook message from Angela of Lori Rose who wanted to use my ‘stitch-sharing’ stitch guides in her monthly creations club. I was delighted to have been asked  – especially as I’m keen to help as many people get started on their own crochet journey. Continue reading

The World of Millinery

1st mini hat makeSince I last posted I have become a little obsessed by the World of Millinery. It all started with a search for a hat to wear to my nieces wedding as the ones I truly loved were way over my budget.

For the last few weeks I have spent my evenings trying to learn as much as I can about this sculptural craft. I’ve emailed designers for start-up advice on what materials to buy as a beginner, researched “how-to-guides” on creating basic hats and watched countless clips on YouTube! Continue reading

Molly’s Backseat – making a backseat cover for my Fiat 500

Molly Fiat 500Molly is my Fiat 500 and I’ve found myself becoming increasingly protective of her insides. My daughters love pootling around in her and to keep the back seats in ‘tip-top’ condition I’ve been making a patchwork backseat cover, (which can also double as a small picnic blanket).

The first step was to work out the size of the fabric panel – that’ll be 11 squares wide! Do you think this way of measuring could catch on?!? I must admit I did cheat a bit on the patchwork as I used 2 x Lily Ashury’s Gypsy Girl ‘charm packs‘. calculating the size of the back seat cover

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