Helen Lee Marshall
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  • Spring, TX
  • United States

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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

Sinamay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Helen Lee Marshall Sep 25, 2018. 12 Replies

Is sinamay worn in the winter?  I have a large piece of fuchsia sinamay and some veiling that would make a great hat. Just wondering what the "rules" are, if there are anyContinue

 

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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
Caroline - Potomac Belle replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"I think this is deserving of its own thread, so I'll create one :) Yes, I really admire that it seems like overall the African American church culture really respects and embraces the "Sunday best". Hope I haven't misstated…"
Jun 28, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"I lived in the Dallas area for 12 years and went to what someone might call a "Country Club" church (Big church in old money part of town) Every Easter I wore a hat. I was lucky if there was another hat in the sanctuary. There were jokes…"
Jun 28, 2018
Rina Wallace replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"Maybe I am being overly optimistic...  But I am seeing women wearing more hats to church and social events in Cincinnati Ohio, where I live and also in Atlanta.  These women, as am I, are mostly African American.  And, of course as we…"
Jun 28, 2018
Helen Lee Marshall replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"Thank you Rina, I hope so"
Jun 27, 2018
Caroline - Potomac Belle replied to Helen Lee Marshall's discussion Sinamay
"Rina, where is it you're seeing a resurgence of hats in the states? I'm trying to plot how we can grow the market! What I find is so many people say they love the look of hats but that they don't think they can wear them. One of my…"
Jun 27, 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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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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