Friday, January 27, 2012

Felting Frenzy

These hats are my babies.They are wet felted merino wool. It's just so much fun to be able to start from the wool, pick any colour in the spectrum and create any shape I like. I call them small acts of insanity because they are so labour intensive, but I love every minute of it.

I have been playing with hand sculpting. This technique is often seen on vintage hats from the twenties and thirties and has had a resurgence in the millinery world. With hand made felt it has a cartoon quality. Sort of a comic book version of a serious hat.

The back of the hat is almost as fun as the front.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Day In The Life

I confess that I have been having too much fun lately. Aside from filling an order for one of the most wonderful hat shops anywhere, Beauchapeau Hat Shop in Niagara on the Lake, I have been in design mode. It is a time of many half made hats being hurled out the window, but also a time of wanton creativity.

Years ago I made rain hats from oil cloth, but stopped because PVC is not the healthiest of fabrics to be working with. On my last trip to Maine, I discovered this wonderful laminated cotton fabric. A fabulous alternative and much nicer to sew. I'm about to order some adorable prints, so stay tuned for more. I had this pattern in my head for a few months and finally sat down and figured it out. I'm pretty pleased.

And for those wondering if I do this all alone or if I have help, I reveal to you my assistants. This is a rare moment of peace in the land. Hope you are all having as much fun as me. I'll be at the Halifax Seaport Market this Saturday.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Back to Maine

Happy New Year everyone. There was something of a reunion at Tony's sister's house in Maine over New Year's. It's a long weekend of family and gluttony. Amy's house is so beautiful and cozy that no one ever really wants to leave. Dusty was in heaven, sorrounded by doting aunts and uncles and most of all by his oldest cousin Eric. Here's the oldest and youngest cousin transfixed by the ipod.

Although Eric was almost the main attraction, it was really hard to compete with his fabulous girlfriend, Erin. She carried him around on her back for hours, built Lego with him and gave him her full attention. Wonderful for Dusty and even more wonderful for Mama.

Amy and I had an unexpected day to ourselves where we went to Belfast to shop and eat without any demands to go to a toy store or go home. Heavenly. Amy took me into Fiddlehead Artisan Supply. I walked into the shop and my jaw hit the ground and stayed there until we walked out much later. It's full of beautiful fabrics, ribbons, art supplies, books and everything that I want to buy. For more photos of the shop head to this blog

And now it's back to reality, which really isn't such a bad place.