Helen Lee Marshall
  • Female
  • Spring, TX
  • United States

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Pictures of Miss Fisher Hat

Here are the Miss Fisher hats I was talking about.Thank youContinue

Started on Saturday

Making a 1920's felt turned up brim hat

Having watched all 3 season's of the "Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries " earlier this year, I am very keen to make a felt version of her hats where the brim is turned up around the face. Do I make a deep…Continue

Started on Saturday

Hat I think is wrong
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not quite finished with this hat but something about it bothers me badly. I'm not sure what it is. Is it just because I'm used to this style of hat being dark in color? Or something different.. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Devins Mar 22.

Changing your shop name?
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My shop's name is "Helen's Hatbox" but the name isn't particularly elegant and sound's "old ladyish".  I have had no repeat buyers and a very scattered client base, so I really don't have any client…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tania Hansen Jan 5.

 

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Tania Hansen replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Changing your shop name?
"It’s a problem we all have in the USA: trying to revive a lost industry. I would think invoice  the South you would have a market for church hats. Also you might want to think about joining the milliner’s guild. The have a mentoring…"
Jan 5
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Changing your shop name?
"I Her first video has wonderful ideas. That is where I got the idea that the shop name change might be in order. I'm going to get rid of the bridal veils in my shop and focus on hats. A more sleek elegant look is what I'd like to have,…"
Jan 5
Sara replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Changing your shop name?
"As a Sara I support all Sara/'hs! :)  Have you watched the course about millinery businesses? She has really great info about branding and creating a look and style for business.  I think business names and looks will vary a lot…"
Jan 1, 2020
Helen Lee Marshall posted a discussion

Changing your shop name?

My shop's name is "Helen's Hatbox" but the name isn't particularly elegant and sound's "old ladyish".  I have had no repeat buyers and a very scattered client base, so I really don't have any client base to lose. My first name "Helen" sounds "old ladyish" too. My grandfather's grandmother's name was Sarah McFarland. She overcame quite a bit and was a pioneer woman who accomplished a great deal. What if I use her name? Sarah is a name that any age of woman can identify with and sounds 1000% more…See More
Dec 28, 2019
Helen Lee Marshall posted a discussion

Sailor Hats

Volunteered myself at  a new high school's drama department. Have made a maid's bonnet and two british sailor hats and am working on their big Commander's hat. Don't know if the Aussies use this hat in their Navy, but here is a Yank's version.Materials; Poster board, florist wire, wide bias tape , black broadcloth, white broadcloth and my new sewing/embroidery machine. I have to make 9 of these, have made 2 already. Have already cut out all of my pieces and only takes me 3-4 hours each if my…See More
Oct 13, 2019
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Renee Brown's discussion Hat Labels and Linings
"As for feathers, there are times when sewing feathers just won't work and if you want the feather to stay, you have to glue it. I use "Beacon's Fabric Tac" glue. It will glue fabric to ANYTHING. It doesn't spot like a glue…"
Dec 11, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Renee Brown's discussion Hat Labels and Linings
"Hi! I ALWAYS put full linings in my hats. My linings are almost always dupioni silk in white, ivory or if I have it, a matching color for the hat.  (I probably have close to 75 hats and maybe 6 or 8 of the old ones don't) In my opinion, If…"
Dec 11, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Kathy Martingilio's discussion Silk, what kind to purchase?
"Personally, I prefer Silk Baron. They have gorgeous colors and show examples of what someone made with their silk."
Sep 25, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"I can't find the post but I got ann email from a woman in Alabama saying that they prefer sinimay there. It's probably as hot there as it is in Texas."
Sep 25, 2018
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Sinamay

Is dark colored sinamay worn in the winter? I can see where it can be worn in places that are warm year round but then is it like white shoes, where you wear them only between Easter and the first of September?See More
Sep 25, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"I have a large piece of dark plumb and a roll of evergreen sinamay that I bought and then thought, "Does anyone wear sinamay in the winter? " If women do in Alabama, they would also probably wear sinamay in other warm climates.I have a…"
Sep 25, 2018
Lisa Greene replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"Helen, yes in Alabama they prefer this style. Lisa"
Sep 24, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall posted a discussion

Sinamay

Is dark colored sinamay worn in the winter? I can see where it can be worn in places that are warm year round but then is it like white shoes, where you wear them only between Easter and the first of September?See More
Sep 23, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Kylie McLean's discussion Whats your studio/workroom like? Share some images
"You don't want to see what mine looks like. Vaguely reminiscent of "Carpet Bombing" in WWII."
Sep 20, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Theresa Kramer's discussion Wool Felt Sizing
"You may want to reverse that recipe. Three parts stiffener and two parts water. I made a batch of stiffener using the above recipe and even after stiffening it twice the hat wasn't stiff enough to wire and trim."
Oct 15, 2017

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I Love Hats Because?
They are creative and exciting and can explain your personality even before you speak.
About Me
I'm a retired RN who loves the creativity and rebelness of making hats. I have a husband and a daughter who is a senior at Texas State University majoring in Mixed media (she wants to be an Art Director for movies) I've been making hats for 6 years. My shop is "Helen's Hatbox" on Etsy and I'm on Facebook at "Helen's Hatbox".
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/HelensHatbox?ref=hdr_shop_menu
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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Helen. I love the mad hatters FB site. As a full time milliner it reminds me there is nothing new and the hats of yesteryear are more amazing than todays Gaga styles!! I have perfected fabric covered pillboxes so look forward to teaching you some of these tips for the perfect finish. We have a friend here who breeds Cardigan corgis and she takes one of them to Aged Care respite centre every week as therapy for oldies who love it- they are such well natured dogs and smart. Best Wishes, ElaineM

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