Sunday, 10 December 2017

Plaids Herringbones And Other Gifts


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At this time of year I get many requests to make a special gift for someone. They vary from hats to bags and other accessories but each one is unique and just perfect for the recipient.
I made a very bright checked turban beret in the wool cloth above. It was a birthday gift from her friends who she plays viola with in a orchestra for a northern opera company. 
Beautiful cloth to work with from Avoca Ireland. In Ireland they have wonderful shops and their own cafes and cookbooks.I'm not sure if they have their own stores here in the U.K. but you can buy their garments in a few places.
The past week was very busy and I met some lovely people at the two events I went to. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported me by buying gifts and hats for themselves.
The teal silk headpiece in the box has just been to a wedding this weekend. Lovely colour ! 
The red leather bags in my images are just about the most perfect Christmas gift, made my hand by my friend Cathy Edwards. I have two variations of designs at the moment.
I expect they will soon be finding their way underneath someone's Christmas tree.
So two weeks left before Christmas. I have quite a few orders to catch up with this week and Sunday I will be at East Riddlesden Hall for their Festive Fair. Might see a few folks there it's a very nice place to visit.
Personally I am a little behind with my own purchases but I'll catch up!
Chrissie x





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Saturday, 25 November 2017

December Dates & Shop Hours








Hello it's going to be a busy month and I expect everyone has a list as long as their arm.
My month of December kicks off with my birthday on the 1st and then on Sat 2nd I will have been open 12 years. [fanfare]
Can't quite believe that it will be 12 years but time flies when you are busy doesn't it.
I'd like to say thank you to all those who have supported me by buying hand made and spreading the word one way or another. Many clients have been visiting over this period and still continue to purchase from me so a huge thank you for that.
Also during December I shall be open on Sundays from 12 till 4 and there will be mulled wine and festive nibbles during the weekends while you browse. They say it's going to get really cold so a glass or two should warm you up. The shop is now dressed for the festive period as you can see and smells lovely with all the fresh greenery.
Saturday 2nd December the shop will be open from 10.30 till 5pm as usual but I will be at The Ripponden Christmas Fair from 11am till 6pm. Looks like it will be a lovely festive event with lots of artisan stalls to buy your gifts from.
Sunday while the shop is open I will be off to Altrincham to the very special Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
Anyone who has been to the larger event in Manchester will know how good these gatherings are so expect only the best in a range of wears available from the selection of makers there.
Last but by no means least I will also be at the East Riddlesden Christmas fair on Sunday 17th December which will be held in their wonderful barn. It's a lovely spot if you've never been.
So hope to see some familiar faces over the next 4 weeks if you are visiting Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie x

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Getting Ready For Christmas







Come the beginning of November for most retailers be it small or large there is always one thing to focus on and that is Christmas.
Some people like to shop early and get all their gifts bought and wrapped as soon as possible while others wait till the last couple of weeks to do theirs.
I hope that lots of people will be looking to buy hand made gifts for family and friends this year it doesn't need to be expensive so remember to have a look in your independent shops.
There is one thing for sure you need to be ready with a shop full of gorgeous items, dressed for Christmas with a few lovely decorations and full of festive cheer yourself !
I am busy with all of those jobs at the moment. I do love Christmas and enjoy the build up to Christmas day but there sure is plenty to do.
The shop will be open as normal throughout November but during December I shall also be open on Sunday from 11am till 4 pm.
The shop is filling up nicely as quick as I can make things including a few smart Christmas stockings to pop a few presents in. I also have the hand knitted items including a merino poncho back for winter this one is a rich navy blue but there will be other colours soon.
So I hope to see you sometime before Christmas if you happen to come to Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie x

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Bumper Blog Post Catch Up









Sorry for the lack of blogging this month, it has been a busy time and every time I sat down to blog something more urgent took my attention.
So here's a bumper edition.
The first images of the old hatters brush was a find on my local market just yesterday and what a find.
Greetland is a local spot about 30 mins away from Hebden Bridge so I must try to find out about the premises if I can. I think it could be from the 40's or 50's. It's very special.
This weekend we have The Great Pumpkin Festival in town with carving and other activities so look out for things going on if you are coming to Hebden.
The woods are spectacular at the moment with wonderful browns and greens. The soft turban style beret is a great little hat for keeping warm and suits a range of face shapes. This one is trimmed with a little vintage buckle. Soft slouchy and a great everyday hat.
It's also time to create many felt hats this cranberry red with a large aubergine felt twist trim sold very quickly in fact all the felts have been quick to sell this month maybe people know it's going to be a cold winter.









I've started making neck wraps and hoods from luxury faux fur again.So soft and brings out the inner tsarina in you for the chilly days or nights.
My poor plaster head is really showing all the signs of age with cracks here and there so I am hoping to get her replicated as the facial expression is so charming.
Ive been buying lots of fabric and picked up a lovely piece of navy jersey which I hope to make a soft slouchy hat with and some velvet ribbon which I can never have enough of.

I also found a moment to make green tom chutney from the last of our cherry toms that we grew inside this year. So tasty and I added a few raisins but no sugar. Smells just as lovely as it tastes.

I was given a vintage dress box which was the same as my hat box from Marshall and Snellgrove who had dept stores around the U.K. may moons ago. They look great as a display item and many people seem to remember seeing them as a child or know someone who owned one, bring back back many lovely memories.

Lastly the mother of pearl buttons which I also found on the market in town [only three] were in fantastic condition and just needed a clean. I've used one so far but am hanging on to the others as long as I can, however there will be a moment when they are just the most perfect thing to use and will find a new home.

Chrissie x













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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Back To Start A New Season









Hello 
I'm back from a weeks holiday in Wales where we had a week of lovely weather ! 
As this August has been most unpredictable it was a really lovely surprise I can tell you.
Just before I went away I made my friend Karen a blocked beret in royal blue sinamy with a tutti frutti band of raffia wrapped around the hat, wired navy petersham ribbon and a selection of vibrant beads as a trim complemented her shoes and finished off her vibrant splash of colour. It went really well with her royal blue dress. 
Even Dad approved which I believe was a real compliment so I think I got it right !
I've also used up the final pieces of my beautiful caramel french ticking. This time I've made a shoulder bag wallet and little hand pouch.
Also attention all fabric fans. I will be demonstrating some fabric manipulation at 1.00pm at The Salvedge Fair in Barrowford on Sat 23rd Sept. 
It will be a very inspiring event with embroidery and many other traditional crafts to view and purchase. Plus a pop up shop of various art and crafts and the cafe and garden at the centre are a lovely place to sit and relax.
I think I will be upstairs so come and say hello.
Right I'm off to continue with more autumnal pieces in felt and tweed ready for the cooler months.
Chrissie x


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Thursday, 10 August 2017

August But A Tad Chilly









So August the height of summer. I know folks who have had a wood fire burning the central heating switched on and the rain has been endless. Summer it seems is feeling very shy this year and there is no sign of improvement but I am filing the shop with colour and all manor of fabric delights to chase those summer blues away!
I also finally managed to get an image of the grey and gold hat with agate bead trim. It had been too dark every time I tried but there was a moment when I captured it.
I have also finished the teal cocktail hat with blocked straw base and crin swirls
When I was searching for the perfect trimming material I came across some hand knotted silk that I had bought in Dubai many years ago and it was perfect in every way. Just shows that if you keep it long enough it will come in handy again.
Sadly I used the very last of my favourite fabric of the moment to make another bag and once again it sold within 30 mins of me popping it in the shop. It's funny how some fabrics are just a magnet.
So I hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays where ever you may be.
Chrissie. x






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