Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Flowers and Leather

This is a miniature picture I made using the same techniques as the millinery flowers 
on leather and arranging them on a leather background. My finger is shown for scale.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Show Time!

The display table with lots of luscious hats and a few Liberty Art Fabric pendants.

A gorgeous girl who tried on a lot of hats that day.

Black tapestry cloche with handmade flowers from hand dyed silks, velvet and lace.

Cotton velvet with a silk band and vintage brooch.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Rosebud Tutorial in photos

Making a rose bud:

The square should be cut on grain so that the fold that is wrapped around is on the bias. I had a bias square so I used that but he results are not as good.

 And repeat.

At First Blush- making the hat

 A soft knit covering has been added over the blocked crown to hide the grain of the buckram.

The brim is a finer buckram so it didn't require the knit. Both sections have been covered in blush silk and gold lace has been applied.

I turned a light on to capture the metallic of the lace ad the sparkle of a few scattered AB rhinestones..

I had just enough of this beautiful vine and leaf embroidered ivory satin to  cut the brim lining.

The lining was added after the lace was sen on to hide the stitches.

 Binding the edge. The bias folded, and the raw edge basted together, then stretched slightly and pinned on to check the length. It was sewn into a circle by machine and hand sewn to the wired edge.
I marked the width of the bias on my thumb to keep it accurate and speed up the stitching.

Friday, July 3, 2015

At First Blush

Silk hat with gold lace and silk tulle embellished with hand made, hand dyed silk roses in varying tones of blush, ivory and pink.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Our natures and talents can inspire and urge us to create. Sometimes, however, there are too many pushes and pulls which can lead to a state of stasis. Being multi talented is not easy: it can be very distracting. Trying to make a living from one's creativity can further complicate this. Market trends, cheap imports, giving up one's own choices to make something more affordable, more trendy, more saleable all can make it less yours. Less yours is less fun, less fun leads to burnout. Burn out is hard to feed to your children.
I'm thinking of a friend who is going through a situation right now. I hope it resolves itself. Breath deeply, recharge, enjoy the leaves.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Prettier Hats

I endured a back injury in late 2010. In true Canadian fashion, I slipped on ice. That was it. A quick slip and my life has been thrown completely out of whack!
I have a few slipped discs in my back that cause me pain. Some days it is quite severe and on others I can work away happily and comfortably. When discussing my back issues and my job as a dressmaker with my Doctor, he told me to stop the heavy work. He said: "No more embroidered Irish dresses, no more wedding dresses, nothing heavier than a hat." Well, I took him literally and have been taking millinery courses at college since then.
Here are two from last term. The first is a sinamay pillbox covered in black sequined lace with a handmade silk flower detail and French netting trim. Below that is a small bridal hat. It has a buckram base, covered with a woven tubes of silk chiffon and some more handmade flowers and netting.

These are some flowers and headpieces in progress. I love how pretty (albeit disorganized) my studio looks when I am making flowers.