Goodwood Revival 2019

This time last week Goodwood Revival was in full swing. Thousands of people were dressed in their finest vintage outfits at the famous historic motor race meeting.

At Goodwood Revival, you will find me soaking up the atmosphere at the fairground, marketplace or watching the dancing – there is so much to see. My ‘must-go’ to place is the Earl Court Motor Show which, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of ‘The Italian Job’, was themed with a recreation of the filmset.

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Royal Ascot Hat Highlights

With the racing season in full swing, I thought you might like to see a few photos from my first Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. It was an amazing experience with a brass band playing on the lawn, singing at the bandstand and a fashion feast for the eyes. Here are a few pictures of some my favourite hats, of course I had to include a couple of my own designs too. I was so excited that one of my sculptural headpieces recieved some lovely media attention!

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London Hat Week

I hope you are all having a fabulous and very sunny Easter weekend. It’s such a beautiful time in the garden seeing the flowers spring into life.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to see some amazing handcrafted flowers at The London Hat Week’s X Terrance ‘ World Garden’ theme hat exhibition. Here are a few of my favourite hats and headpieces – I just love how millinery combines such a wide range of crafts. As you can see from these images, felt work, silk flower making, feather work, embroidery and hand sewing skills have all been used to create these masterpieces.

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Hand Dyeing Silk Abaca for a Bespoke Millinery Headpiece

This week I’ve been experimenting with colour to bring some sunshine into my West Sussex millinery studio. It’s the first time I’ve hand dyed silk abaca and I must say I’m delighted with the results. Would you like to see?

This photo shows the ivory silk abaca as it is placed into its bath of Jacquard acid dye – to make this colour I mainly used ‘yellow sun’ with a little pinch of ‘cherry red’. I just love how the colour slowly creeps up the fabric as it is submerged. Continue reading

Fascinator Making Workshops in West Sussex

As you may know, some of my hats and headpiece are available to buy through
Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre in Bosham, a picturesque costal village in West Sussex. If you are in the local area, both Bosham and Bosham Walk, with its amazing treasure trove of beautiful art and craftwork, are lovely places to visit. Bosham even has an ancient church that was mentioned in infamous Bayeaux tapestry. Continue reading