Hi Everybody! I am so excited about taking this Intermediate Course. I am also thrilled to have a new group of people with whom I can discuss hats, problems and triumphs. I have sewed most of my life. At about age ten or eleven someone gave me an old sewing machine that only did straight stitching and didn't do that very well. I later found out it need little more than a major tune up. I began sewing doll clothes for me and my six younger sisters. In high school I made prom gowns then bought the fabric for my own gown. It went on and on--now I have been going for over fifty years. I did full bridal parties and designed the wedding gown. I have made Pendleton suits, leather hand bags, Victorian Reticles (Complete with bead embroidery!) and more layette sets than I care to count. Three years ago, my next youngest sister died from brain cancer and I began my adventure into the world of hats.
I am married to a Brit so when I retired four years ago, we decided to travel. We are doing it by living in the country of destination then traveling the area. I love it.
I currently have a room full of hats(somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty both blocked and machine sewn.) I am a terrible business woman, but a pretty fair artist. I have sold a few hats, but I am reluctant to do that because I am still honing my skills and learning basic techniques. I will probably end up giving away most of the hats I have right now because many of them have visible imperfections. A few turned out well. My desire, down the road, is to set up either a brick and mortar store or an online shop. I can't wait to get to know you all and pick you brains for ideas.