Vintage Hat Making - Classes

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 15:51

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope 2016 is going to be a creative and successful year for you all. I have got some exciting plans for the year ahead - a new travel-inspired craft book, a project with The Imperial War Museum in Manchester and lots of making and motoring in Bambi!

Join me on my crafting adventure!


Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:00

Many congratulations to Victoria Gartland who's won a copy of The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking in the recent competition.

There were lots of correct answers..but for those of you who didn't know:

The RSPB was originally set up to try and prevent the destruction of exotic bird species whose plumes were plundered by fashionable women during the late Victorian period.

Well done Victoria.

Win a free copy of my hatmaking book!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:10

This is just one of the stunning yet simple-to-create designs you can find in my latest book

The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking.

It's full of hats and headpieces that you can make at the kitchen table WITHOUT the need for specialist equipment.

Blogging to begin again in earnest

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:17

I am currently having some work done on my website so please forgive the lack of blogs!

I will be up an running in time for my 


which I begin on 

23rd April

Festival of Thrift Darlington

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:43


Super exciting news everyone!

I've been invited to do a talk at the Hemingway Festival of Thrift in Darlington all about my Mobile Makery and being Chic on a Shoestring!


Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:58

As part of my plan to blog my way around Europe in my Mobile Makery (ah yes - that's my next plan!) I'm developing a collection of very simple-to-sew clothes that you can put together without a pattern. The idea is that you can make them as you travel (with or without a sewing machine) out of fabric you snap up along the way.

Bambi goes to Brittany

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:32

I know, I know...I haven't blogged properly for AGES!

It's down to Instagram I'm afraid. So quick and easy to use.

But I think Bambi's recent travels are worth a bit of typing up - so here goes!

I've spent the summer so far checking that my Bambi (aka the Magical Mobile Makery) and I are up for life on the open road.

So what better way to find out than to drive to Brittany!

Bambi goes to Bath!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:46


My Mobile Makery - affectionately known as 'Bambi' (after the name of the vehicle) is heading to Bath this weekend and next as part of

Bath in Fashion.

A summer of romance

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:52

I've been feeling a little below parr of late and realised how much I've been missing making.

It can be so theraputic to create something special.

So I've started work on a new range of summer wedding accessories.



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