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Spring spring

Dyed silk twill base with silk velvet flowers and silk satin foliage and a dyed & wired net, dramatic but light!  One way to bring the two contrasting colours of an outfit together……  (oh, and an excuse to try out my new electric flower-making tools!)

CAPS!

Hi, I recently had a customer in who had a suit he had had made 40yrs previously which he could no longer fit into.  He asked me if I could make him a hat out of it as he could not bear to part with it and the tweed was in excellent condition.  He was […]

2018

H, I’ve been quiet for a while as I’m no expert at IT (I’d rather make hats and talk to people!) but I feel a post or two is very overdue!  In 2018 I turned 50yrs and after 30 yrs in millinery decided to have a little break and review my options which led me […]

Stephen Jones

What a wonderful experience it was to meet my millinery hero Stephen Jones last week.  I went to a talk at the Dirty Martini cocktail bar in Monument, London as part of the London Hat Week.  The talk was an informal chat between Hilary Alexander (former fashion editor of The Daily Telegraph, amongst other things), […]

Doing my bit……

My business is based in Taunton, county town of Somerset.  It is a fairly large town with a sprawling shopping area that has evolved rather than been designed with any identifiable centre, and, as with most towns now, has a fair amount of empty, ugly, dated buildings no longer fit for the large shops that […]

Sneaky peek…

Having spent the last two months flat-out on some new designs I was excited to deliver them to the photographer David Leyland today and get them photographed….. unfortunately my IT Dept (boyfriend) is away at music school for the week and so cannot update the site for me, although he does just about trust me […]

Upping The Game with Bridget Bailey

Well, after a year of focusing on building renovations I felt my mind had been somewhat off the ball as far a millinery was concerned so I booked myself in for a Millinery Masterclass with the superbly talented Bridget Bailey of Bailey Tomlin Hats (Baileytomlin.com).  Bridget is known for her finely crafted pieces and excellent […]

Almost a year later……

Overdue for a catchup here but it’s been exceptionally busy.  The new shop looks amazing thanks to some hard work by the builders and decorators and the building has been completely re-pointed so hopefully no more leaks, and a sturdy structure for many more years… oh, and a bit of ‘controversial’ yellow paint! That’s it […]

The move! 20/21 Bath Place….

Yep, been very quiet recently as have been busy concentrating on moving my business from one side of Taunton to the other.  After having leased business premises for the last twelve years the option to actually acquire a premises came up about six months ago.  It has been a fairly evenly balanced decision between head […]

Appearance in The Royal Albert Hall!

I was thrilled to be asked by the soprano Elizabeth Watts to come up with something for her to wear at The Last Night of the Proms.  She was singing solo soprano in the song ‘Taillefer’ by Richard Strauss.  Taillefer was a minstrel at The Battle of Hastings, and Liz asked me for an arrow, […]