As you will see below, I give a name to each sample hat that reflects the inspiration behind its creation! Of course, when working on a bespoke commission, the final design is a response to the client’s own preferences. The hats shown are examples of my creativity and craft.
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“Jacqueline” – Easy to wear hair clip on pink sinamay base trimmed with scraps of silk, chiffon, brocade, sparkle net and feathers.
“Purple Haze” – Purple sinamay base covered with an assortment of toning chiffon, tulle, sparkle net bow, quills and feathers. Fixed to a hairband.
“Peach Melba” – An easy to wear peach and burgundy clip featuring petals of peach silk, plain and patterned chiffon bows and burgundy feathers.
“Blossom” – A large blowsy rose made from silk chiffon and organza petals with pink and gold ribbon and a pale pink half-veil.
‘Buttons’ and ‘Smarties’
“Argentiere” – Silver sequined silk chiffon base with grey spider’s web, chiffon and silk ribbon bows. Fixed on a silk covered hairband.
“Hundreds & Thousands” – Sequined silk chiffon ‘button’ with red and gold scrunch, coffee and coral feathers. Fixed on elastic.
“Flame Flowers” – Burgundy and silk covered ‘button’ with abstract silk and shot organza flowers sitting on a base of gathered burgundy crin.
“Claudette” – Black sequined silk chiffon over a red silk ‘smartie’. Just need the ‘Little Black Dress’ and some very high heels! Fixed to an elastic.
“Rouge et Noir” – Black silk dupion covered ‘smartie’ with crisp angular trim in black and red with Swarovski crystals.
“Polka Dotty” – Navy and white cotton polka dot fabric covered ‘smartie’ with crisp bows of polka dot fabric and white silk. Fixed with an elastic.
Perchers (Apart from “queenie”, the following hats are of an appropriate size for Ascot.)
“queenie” – Magenta silk dupion covers this scallop shell shape. Trimmed with toning silk, tulle and organza flowers and feathers. Fixed to a silk covered hairband.
“Trocadero” – Shocking pink sinamay, double-brimmed percher trimmed with toning and sparkling chiffon, silk tulle and veiling. Fixed to a silk covered hairband.
“Raspberry Ripple” – Two discs in complementary shades of vivid pink are folded to create this percher. Trimmed with a cerise feather spray and diamante button. Fixed on a hairband.
“Grrr!” (1/3) – Leopard print sinamay over a gold base, trimmed with cream veiling, handmade flowers in toning organdie and sinamay decorated with Swarovski crystals.
“Grrr!” (2/3) – A percher style that can be worn at different angles – here shown pointing downwards.
“Grrr!” (3/3) – Here worn pointing upwards. Fixed with elastic.
“Royan” – Cream sinamay disc trimmed with cream twirls, coral feather flower and matching Swarovski crystals. Fixed on a silk covered hairband.
“Cecile” – Gold sinamay picture hat trimmed with extravagant black and gold chiffon bow and curved quills.
“Butterfly Blue” – Oval percher of pale blue sinamay bound with white. Trimmed with bows and ribbons of matching sinamay. Fixed on a silk covered hairband.
“Jaunty” – Crimson wool felt ‘curves’ trimmed with quail feathers and diamante motif. The curves are accentuated with black Swarovski crystals.
“Autumn” – A simple percher beret style in caramel wool felt trimmed with flower and twisted vine in caramel and black felt.
“Garden Party” – Formal brimmed hat with round crown, made of cream sinamay trimmed with pale pink silk band and bow, pink and peach rose and shocking pink and pale green arrowhead quills.
“Cool and Collected” – A large brimmed hat with sculptured crown made from light grey sinamay. Trimmed with broad purple organza band and explosive spray of purple feathers.
“Midnight Dancer” – Formal hat with sculpted crown made from navy parasisal with navy sinamay brim. Bound with silver grey silk and trimmed with white veiling that finishes in a pearl centred scrunch, contrasting with the navy flock ribbon and silver mesh rosette.
“Moon Flower” – A large Regal Blue sinamay hat trimmed with hand-curled sinamay leaves, ostrich and vintage feathers, and pearls.
“Anenome” – A large Ascot style hat in pink and black sinamay with quills, black lace ribbon and hand-crafted leaves, fixed to a hairband
“Dragon Flowers” – Shocking pink ‘button’ supporting three Anthuriums, handmade from contrasting organzas mounted on a clear plastic wire and responding to the wearer’s movement. Fixed to a hairband.
“Red/Read” – A pill box percher made from black open weave sinamay over white. Bound with red and trimmed with newspaper and cotton roses and sinamay twirls. Fixed to an elastic. (Made for an award ceremony)
“Twisted Roses” –
Sculpted pale shell pink sinamay with toning pink silk and organza flowers and two curved quills. Fixed on a silk-covered hairband.
“Whoosh!” – A finalist in an international competition, “Whoosh” is an interpretation of the flight of swallows. A range of wing shapes are made from sinamay dyed in shades of blue and positioned to give an impression of speed – aided by the ‘swallowtail’ of two curved quills.
“Lighthearted” – Bridal hairband in lace covered cream sinamay with cream veiling and feather spray.
“Rococo Ivoire” – Cream sinamay base covered with silk dupion and an arrangement of tulle, silk, sparkle net and ostrich feathers. Fixed on a silk covered hairband.
“Petals” – Ivory sinamay ‘curves’ with an assortment of handmade flowers and pompom veiling. Fixed with an elastic.
“Daisy” – A natural looking pillbox in embroidered sinamay with pearls accentuating the centre of some flowers. Complemented with pearl dotted veiling. Fixed with an elastic.
“Tamara” – Ivory silk covered ‘smartie’ with three hand-rolled silk roses and tulle veiling. Fixed with an elastic.
“Tamara 2” – Ivory silk ‘smartie’ with three hand-rolled silk roses and pearl dotted veiling. Fixed with an elastic.
“La Chouette” is a delicate head dress made from scraps of ivory silk, net, tulle, dotted chiffon, cafe au lait and ivory feathers, silver chiffon bows, pearls and Swarovski crystals on a base of ivory sinamay fixed to a silk covered hair band.