"An English Country Garden" returned to Alnwick from MIMC in Melbourne in mid March to be feted on the catwalk at The Duchess High School fashion show. The show was in aid of HospiceCare Northumberland.
As soon as it was off the catwalk I boxed it up and it has now put in a few more hat miles, jetting over to Nebraska, USA. An English Country Garden will be on show there at Margie Trembley's Chapeaux Emporium in Springwood along with other headpieces by nine international milliners until June.
Here are a few more detailed images of the piece inspired by my Northumberland garden last summer, which utilized the (same) varied assortment of millinery materials sent to all nine milliners by Margie, late last summer.
A couple of months ago I was sworn to secrecy and commissioned to make a cap for an ardent Alnwick RFC supporter. As anyone who lives in this wonderful county or has visited Northumberland knows, the weather can be chilly especially if you're standing on the touch line at the Greensfield pitch, so I figured that the cap would be a great surprise gift!
I researched cap styles and hat blocks and found one that fitted the requirements of the commission, available from a British hat block maker. It has a double peak and is a roomy fit. The cap block design came highly recommended by its designer maker, who has made a tweed cap himself using his original block.
I used dark navy wool felt to block the cap, lined it in Alnwick RFU dark navy silk, and finished it with a contrasting gold head band. The Northumberland lion rampant makes a starring appearance on the back of the cap - the other teams' supporters will be left in no doubt as to which team this supporter is rooting for!
Let me know what you think.