Trying something new

I stood in my closet this morning and stared at the same old stuff I wear over and over again. I decided to break out of the mold and wearing something completely different.

Once I arrived at the studio, I knew I wanted to spend the day blocking hats and thought I’d try the same philosophy – so rather than going to my “old faithful” blocks, I dusted off some of the vintage blocks I haven’t used for ages.

I’m in love with this cute little hat! It’s fun and sporty and flirty. I used a beret-like vintage crown block to get the shape at the top and then free-form sculpted the brim. A pretty silk band, grosgrain ribbon and cheery flower complete the look. Now I’m looking at my blocks in an entirely different light!

Pink asymmetrical cloche

Pink asymmetrical cloche


What a Great Hat Open Studio Saturday


My studio will be open this coming Saturday, September 15th, from 11 am – 3 pm. I have a lot of new things for you to see and will be discounting a few hats from the past – some of the “arty” pieces that have been in shows and galleries as well as some styles I’m no longer making. The red and blue beret below was hand felted and hand beaded – originally priced at $160 it’s now just $60. The newsboy cap was originally $98 and has been marked down to $58. Hope you’ll stop by to see what’s new for fall and winter…and while you’re at it, take advantage of some great bargains from prior seasons!

Hand beaded and hand felted wool beret

Tan and teal Newsboy cap