Jain Kidsley
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  • Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • United Kingdom

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Consulting at home, theirs or yours?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia G Peacock May 24, 2018. 19 Replies

How do those of you without showrooms, shops, stockists or other outlets meet with your clients, to decide styles, match colours and fittings? Do you travel to their homes or do people come to…Continue

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Dyeing stiffened sinamay

Started Apr 22, 2013 0 Replies

Hello all, any advice on dyeing stiffened sinamay.I have managed to dye the feathers to the exact colour needed to match a dress for a client, but when I tried to dye the sinamay it came out far too…Continue

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Consulting at home, theirs or yours?

How do those of you without showrooms, shops, stockists or other outlets meet with your clients, to decide styles, match colours and fittings? Do you travel to their homes or do people come to you? If you work online, how do you cope with colour matching? I am having to rethink my way of working, as my stockist has suddenly (today) pulled out of the space we shared and I cannot remain in the space without their support. I make from home,(part time only) but without a major rethink or sudden…See More
Feb 13
Cynthia G Peacock replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"In the U.S., in many municipalities, it's very easy to run a business from home.  I run a business from home (not a millinery business), and I have about two or three people visit my home every day.  I get deliveries a couple of times…"
May 24, 2018
Cherrywood Designs replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"Hi Jain, I have worked from home for 19 yrs now.  I have always been able to work with clients by first emailing to find out what they are after and then a phone call to have a chat and get more of a feel for what they want.  Before I…"
May 4, 2018
edith f replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"My studio is home based and I am covered"
Jul 28, 2016
Elaine Mergard replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"The Commercial Public Liability Insurance is essential - you are so right Charmaine. Only $200 - $300/yr People have public liability in home insurance but many have discovered the hard way that when money is exchanged for product it is commercial…"
Jul 28, 2016
edith f replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"Make the client come to you if they are serious! As it would be easier for you to access all that you need to colour match/ compliment the client outfit or skin tone! If you go to visit them then you have to carry a lot of stuff, set up, and also…"
Jul 27, 2016
Charmaine Mitchell replied to Jain Kidsley's discussion Consulting at home, theirs or yours?
"Hi , I work from home. I think the most important thing is to have public liability insurance, it is easy to arrange and gives peace of mind. Also if you decide to have a table at a show, they usually require it. For remote clients, I often will…"
Jul 26, 2016
Jain Kidsley's discussion was featured

Consulting at home, theirs or yours

How do those of you without showrooms, shops, stockists or other outlets meet with your clients, to decide styles, match colours and fittings? Do you travel to their homes or do people come to you? If you work online, how do you cope with colour matching? I am having to rethink my way of working, as my stockist has suddenly (today) pulled out of the space we shared and I cannot remain in the space without their support. I make from home,(part time only) but without a major rethink or sudden…See More
Jul 26, 2016
Jain Kidsley replied to Trisha SImpson's discussion Fascinators
"Hi Trisha, for the past 5 years I have sold many small custom pieces locally to mostly bridal party clients, who want a custom made understated piece to match their outfits. Sadly I work full time, so have little time to explore avenues further…"
Apr 26, 2016
Jain Kidsley replied to Shelagh Picton's discussion Felt by the yard or meter
"These might be a bit closer to home. Had a couple of hoods last year and were a little thick, but fine.  http://www.artipistilos.com/en/web/products/felt.aspx"
Oct 26, 2015
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Aug 12, 2015
Jain Kidsley replied to Susan Fage's discussion Felt stiffener and white marks???
"Thanks, so it was worth saving then ?"
Aug 12, 2015
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hatpiece-Burgandy-felt-Bretton-hat

My rescued Bretton style Burgandy felt hat, see thread on white marks from felt stiffener, complete with my hand carved blocks, as per other thread. I am happy with the style now and have learnt from trying to rescue this one.
Aug 10, 2015
Jain Kidsley replied to Sophie Allport's discussion How To Make Your Own Hat Blocks?
"Here is my Burgandy bretton style felt hat, complete with my own carved brim and crown block used to create it. It is made from roofing insulation, covered in PVA layers and then cling film as normal. I blocked the hat crown first and then the brim…"
Aug 10, 2015
Jain Kidsley replied to Susan Fage's discussion Felt stiffener and white marks???
"Here it is Sophie ! I have also included the hand carved block I made for it. I needle felted the band and made a small velvet rose to sit on the band."
Aug 10, 2015
Jain Kidsley replied to Susan Fage's discussion Felt stiffener and white marks???
"Hi Sophie, what a life safer that little tip of yours was. Tried it on the burgandy bretton, and its worked a treat, you can hardly see any of the marks at all now."
Aug 8, 2015

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I wear and love to make them.
About Me
Owner of Hatpiece:
Trained as clothing designer in 80's and made 4 hats as part of my final collection but worked in the leather industry and made no more. I am now moving into my 3rd year of business and have a local niche for smaller pieces custom made for bridal parties. However my creations are getting larger and bolder and eventually I will gather a collection of blocks and will create that large piece for an adventurous client.!
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Elaine Mergard said…

So Pleased you have joined me in Hat Academy,Jain. I hope you are able to add to your skills through my site. Millinery is in high demand currently. If you have any questions do message me.
To make the most of Hat Academy remember to read through the Welcome Page - Read here

Happy New Year , Elaine

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