I had a lovely day at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show this week, and met lots of lovely people! Thank you to the show organisers for making it a great event! and look what else […]
Author: Liz Oliva
Autumn is here! With the temperature dropping and the wind picking up, what better way to stay warm and cosy on those blustery days out and frosty dogs walks than wearing my new luxury faux fur Shrug and ‘East Meets West’ beanie. ‘East Meets […]
These past few weeks have been turning very autumnal. With the thought of long rainy days ahead of us, I started work on my waxed cotton rain hats.
As you can see waxed cotton is fully waterproof and perfect for those miserable days. I make a large range of rain hats, perfect for dog walkers, and staying dry. Waxed cotton can often be cold and stiff when first worn, so I add an extra layer of cotton bump into the crown to add extra comfort and warmth.
This year I wanted to make some waxed hats that had a pop of colour. I managed to find a very good quality waxed fabric that came in a multitude of bright, warming colours.
All of my rain hats are made using a high quality waxed cotton with an antique finish.
I have always been hugely inspired by all things Japanese. Their level of craftsmanship and creativity is something i have aspired to replicate in my work. I have made quite a few hats using original Japanese hat patterns during my hatting carrier, and this shape […]
I have been working on creating a unisex Fedora style spring/summer hat. It took me quite a lot of time and effort to get the shape just how i wanted it. I wanted to create a hat with the traditional fedora silhouette, while incorporating my […]
My focus for early spring was vintage hats and shapes. I spent alot of time going through my collection of vintage lace, and created a lovely natural linen cloche with gold corded edge and accents of lace. This has a lovely tapered brim that narrows at the nape of the neck.
In addition to playing around with vintage lace, i wanted to make some beautiful boned brim hats in cream and white. I carried on the vintage theme finishing every hat with a muslin rouched band and a large briar rose vintage flower.
Both of these vintage inspired hats are perfect for spring garden parties or going around town in effortless vintage chic.
At the end of February I was contacted with a very special request to make three caps ( two modern mens flat caps and a ladies vintage Chanel cap) from two pairs of tweed breeks that belonged to their late father. it was a real […]