Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sinamay Lilies

I have been working with manipulating my own Sinamay this week. Today I have been testing out making curved Calla Lilies.

Sinamay is great to work with like this because it is soft & flexible, but it also hold shapes & twists and turns into interesting forms.


They’re not finished yet, but you can see how the shape is holding up.


I have used a curled green biot goose feather as a stamen in the large one.


I think as well as using them on my hats I will sell them individually in my supply store too.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The small collection of hat blocks I have amassed just this month

I already have several, but this month there seemed to be loads of hat blocks floating around eBay and Etsy at really low prices. Of these I managed to get my hands on 4 – shhhhh!


Left – 22” flat sided with asymmetric crown dome.
Centre back - 24” regular crown dome.
Centre front – 6” mini beret.
Right – Large beret. (this one arrived just this morning)


Cant wait to get working with them.

The mini beret turns out great -

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And right now I’m working on the flat sided one after blocking a buckram base from it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And then today there was a The Storque article…

I’m watching the item counters & notice one set of buttons had risen considerably in views today alone. After some investigation I discovered they had been picked as a Related Item to a How-Tuesday article on making reusable lunch bags, sweet!

You can read the whole article here!

storque article 1 sept 09


And these are the little darlings featured! Available here.

A little more Front Page Exposure

So August was a very busy month in both Etsy Stores!
This was mainly due to being featured on the Etsy front page 3 times in late July/early August.

fp july 12th 09 fp aug 1st 09

fp july 31st 09

I also bought loads of new hat making supplies, including new fabrics & lots of feathers.

So keep an eye out lots of new designs & mini tutorials coming soon :)