Helen Lee Marshall
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  • Spring, TX
  • United States

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What to do with wonderful material

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Mergard May 15. 1 Reply

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Sinamay in winter?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Helen Lee Marshall Sep 25, 2018. 2 Replies

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…Continue

Church Hat

Started Aug 29, 2018 0 Replies

This my church hat that I made in memory of Miss Aretha Franklin. (It only took 2 weeks)Continue

Things that are NOT fun

Started Jul 18, 2018 0 Replies

Doing a blanket stitch on a curve is just about as bad as trying to dry a parasisal hat base without scorching it. I spent 2 hours doing the same 3 inches, trying to make sure that the fabric didn't…Continue

 

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Elaine Mergard replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion What to do with wonderful material
"These net based fabrics have stretch and I would place over a darker shade of pink sinamay brim before binding. Ensure no wrinkles then stitch around collar firstly and then around brim edge to secure -always ensuring no tucks or wrinkles. The…"
May 15
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May 10
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Tanya Anderson's discussion Selling hats on Esty?
"Hi! Have been on Etsy since 2011. It costs  20 cents to list something and Etsy takes a percentage of the selling price (like 3% or so) I haven't sold much on Etsy because my photos are very bad. No matter how wonderful your hat is, if the…"
May 10
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Most of my Spring Line

"The light blue tilt hat is powder blue and not blotchy. The ivory feather hat I made in 2017. I re did the feathers for more excitement."
Mar 1
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Mar 1
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Feb 8
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 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 posted photos
Aug 29, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall posted a discussion

Things that are NOT fun

Doing a blanket stitch on a curve is just about as bad as trying to dry a parasisal hat base without scorching it. I spent 2 hours doing the same 3 inches, trying to make sure that the fabric didn't look like some wadded up mess.See More
Jul 19, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"I used to work for a lartge supermarket here in Houston. On Sundays we would occasionally see African American women in their hats and beautiful dresses or suits .I tried to get in touch of a church where the women wore hats but nothing became of…"
Jun 28, 2018

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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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