• Mel Rath

Today I found my first grey hair!

Hello and welcome to my store! This is my first post on my new blog for my new store so let me tell you about myself. It's a short story- I make millinery.

Now here is the long version of that same story. I'm 39 at this point in time, which is why that lonely little grey hair I found is probably a case of "about time!"

This is me:

I'm a mum first and foremost. So I often find a lot of photos on my camera like this:

I also spend a lot of time hanging out with my funny little man:

I work out of the home as an Industrial sewing machinist and I love it! I use industrial overlockers, straight stitch, twin needle, coverstitch and collarette machines working on knit fabric. At home however my sewing consists of more variety where I use woven as well as knit and basically make whatever I feel like doing. I also knit and scrapbook and you will find that a lot of my sewing and knitting materials do transfer into my millinery. I love chiffon, lace and beading so you will see a lot of that if you scroll through my store.

Here's a quick look at some of the knitted piece I made last year:

I also have a strange obsession with my treadmill and loud music, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet and Linkin Park are just a few of the groups that seriously disturb my cats while I'm on the treadmill.

So that's probably enough about me, as this is a millinery site we'll fill in the blanks on that part of the story. I started about 8 years ago and I took a break for a year or so in that time but I'm now back and enjoying the creativity of millinery and learning and trying new things. I learnt, and am still learning, through Hat Academy, so if you're interested in learning, look it up, it is so worth it.

I originally took an interest in millinery after doing work experience in a Couture house, now 20 years ago, and after being instructed by my boss on how to make a silk flower, she suggested I learn millinery as well as sewing as I would be a natural, so I started looking into what millinery actually means and here we are. In my shop you will find wide brimmed hats, fascinators, crowns, cloches, a range of different materials and styles. I aim to not have my pieces look too similar to each other and I also hope to explore as much as I can to be able to bring as much colour and fun as possible to my millinery and my clients.

So that's the long story, condensed somewhat. I hope you enjoy my store, and blog, I'd love to hear from you with any questions you may have, even if it's "What pattern did you use to make that shawl? or "what lessons did you use to make that brim?" or anything you'd like to see, or if you're a fellow crafter. email me and tell me what you're working on. For now though, it's good night from me.

Have a great night !


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