Make a Fascinator Workshop

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Anyone can learn to make a fascinator!

Join me at the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio on Saturday, February 6, 2016 or Saturday, February 7, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm and learn to make a fascinator that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. You’ll learn how to make petals that cover a circular straw base, a feather bundle and gathered netting to create a whimsical and unique headpiece.

All materials and instruction are included in the fee of $85 per person. Preregistration and payment are required before attending. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not required.

If you would like to attend, please contact me at whatagreathat@gmail.com or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.

Blocking a Wool Felt Hat Workshop

Creating a hat with two hands and your imagination is rewarding and fun. Three students recently completed the Basic Wool Felt Hat Blocking workshop at What a Great Hat! Each completed a hat from start to finish in the two-day class. The hats were completely hand blocked and hands sewn for a true couture experience. Well done everyone!

2016 kicks off a workshop a month at the What a Great Hat studio. Next up is how to make a Valentine’s Day fascinator on February 6 and then How to Embellish a Kentucky Derby Hat on April 2. Please email Paula at whatagreathat@gmail.com for details or to sign up. Happy hat-making!

In-Studio Perspectives

JM2One of my customers loved the two peach cloches I recently created, but peach just isn’t her color. So we took the basic idea and tweaked it. She has been wanting a black cloche with a simple embellishment – something that can be worn every day that also has an understated elegance. We came up with this design – another vintage straw, hand sculpted into a shape that flatters her and embellished with a crinoline (millinery horsehair) bow and band. A pretty vintage button finishes the look. Everyday chic!

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In-Studio Perspectives

You know how much I love a good Kentucky Derby hat! Every year I submit a hat to the Kentucky Derby Museum’s annual contest. This year’s entry is hand blocked with a hand-sewn silk band around the brim edge.I made the polka-dot sinamay extensions the same way, attached them to the crown, and topped it all off with an oversize rose and hand-cut red feathers.

If selected, the hat will be on display in the museum for a year. I have been fortunate to have had a hat selected for display each of the past four years. Here’s this year’s entry…wish me luck!

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

 

In-Studio Perspectives

Every year in January I set some goals for What a Great Hat. One of this year’s is to apply to more gallery-style art shows. I applied to have my work displayed at the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens, Ohio for “Art We Use,” a national exhibition of objects both everyday and special. I’m so excited that my work has been accepted to be in the exhibit!

The Dairy Barn jury received submissions from 131 artists from 36 states and three countries; over 330 pieces and 600 images to consider. The jurors selected 69 artists for the exhibition with a total of 128 works.

Photos of the three pieces I submitted are below. The first piece, “Checks and Balances” will be in the show as well as the second photo, “Not So Vanilla Swirl,” which also received an honorable mention! I hope to visit the exhibition and will post photos when possible. Which of the three is your favorite?

The exhibition opens June 20 and runs through September 7. For more information on the Dairy Barn Arts Center, click here.

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Dairy Barn 1

 

 

What a Great Hat on New Day Cleveland

I had the pleasure of appearing on New Day Cleveland last Thursday to show and talk about some of my Kentucky Derby hats. I have been on the show a few times in the past and it’s always so much fun. While I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous at all, the staff is great at putting the guests at ease. If you didn’t have a chance to see the segment, you may view it here. If you are so inclined, I’d love for you to leave a comment or share it with anyone you think may have an interest in seeing it.

Natalie Herbick and Paula Singleton on New Day Cleveland Set

The Set on New Day Cleveland

The Set on New Day Cleveland

 

Celebrity Hat Monday

Good morning hat fanatics!  This post is for each of you that may be looking for a fresh new style on this Monday morning.  I have been taking time at the beginning of each week to share a bit of celebrity style from over the weekend, and recently have found that the fedora seems to have taken center stage this winter.  That was until I found these photographs of Adele and Rihanna.

While I like a great fedora as much as the next person, I think these photos show Adele and Rihanna breaking the mold and honoring their own personal style!  It does not take much – an embellished headband with a veil attached makes this particular look significant and star-worthy.  Each of these women proves that a small veil can be worn anytime anywhere – not just with wedding attire.

Adele 

Rihanna

Vintage Hat Friday

Starting today (and every Friday from now on) I will be posting pictures and reviews that showcase vintage hats, either from my personal collection or from other sources.  As many of you know, I purchased almost one hundred vintage hats this past year, and I’m anxious to share the best of them with all of you.

The hat being featured today is a red velvet special occasion hat. Unfortunately there’s not a label in this hat, but I am quite certain that it was created in the mid-to-late 1940s, possibly early ‘50s, based on other designs that I have studied.  The piece is embellished with burnt ostrich feathers that were specially dyed for this hat.  I can envision pairing this hat to great effect with an impeccable coat or tailored suit.  It would be impossible to go unnoticed while wearing this stunning piece!

Red Velvet Hat with Burnt Ostrich Feathers

Red Velvet Hat with Burnt Ostrich Feathers

What a Great Hat! In Studio Perspectives

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  Today and every Wednesday, I will blog about what I am working on in the studio. Each week brings new challenges and unique creative opportunities. I am thankful for the encounters I have with each of you.

This past week I had the privilege of meeting with Rich, who phoned me for an appointment. Most of you know that I don’t “do” mens hats, but his story intrigued me. Rich is a Balboa dancer and wanted to accessorize his hat to match his tuxedo and cummerbund.  “Women have so many ways to express their style,” says Rich. “Men don’t. I want my hat to stand out on the dance floor in a special way.”

Posted below are the before and after pictures of the black fedora, along with the fabric that matches his tux. Rich will now make a serious fashion statement on the dance floor!

If you’d like to see a video of couples Balboa dancing, please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the link.

Rich's Fedora Before

Rich’s Fedora Before
Rich's Fedora After

Rich’s Fedora After

If you’d like to see couples Balboa dancing, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrwZx2uxQA

Fabric Shopping in Toronto

A few days in Toronto last weekend yielded some fabulous new fabrics for hats-yet-to-be-created. I found some beautiful faux fur, lovely wool boucle, and great trims. Now I need to get busy! Reminder: Ohio Mart is just around the corner…it runs Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7. Maybe some of my new fabric will have been transformed into  hats by then. Stay tuned!

Faux fur from Toronto