I love the image shown here of Kate wearing a fun black felt beret from Whiteley Fischer, a British hat manufacturer who has been in the millinery trade for more than 60 years. Whiteley has been quoted as saying that, “Hats seem to be very fashionable at the moment. Once someone like Kate starts wearing them, I’m sure more people will follow.” 

Another of Middleton’s favorite hat designers is the London-based Irish milliner, Philip Treacy, who is designing headwear for Kate’s bridal party. While I’m sure that the below won’t be one of Treacy’s designs for the wedding, it is most creative and pure whimsy.


I love teaching felt hat-making and have another class scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2011 at the fabulous Judith M Hats and Supplies, in LaGrange, Indiana.


For those of you not able to make that class, a favorite resource of mine, the book, Fabulous Felt Hats: Dazzling Designs from Handmade Felt by Chad Alice Hagen.  I had the great pleasure of meeting and taking Chad’s “Airy Fairy Scarf” class last summer at Jone Rakoski’s Creative Felt Gathering (CFG), which was truly a wonderful experience. Chad is an excellent teacher, funny, thorough, and a legend in the feltmaking world. 




In addition to meeting Chad Alice Hagen, I had the privilege of taking the “Elis Style Hats” class from the amazing Elis Vermeulen of the Netherlands. For those of you who may not know Elis, she is one of the organizers of FeltUnited, along with Cynthia Reynolds, aka MinDesign, of Norway. FeltUnited’s mission is “to connect feltmakers around the globe to raise awareness of felt as both a craft and an artform.” FeltUnited 2011 will take place around the globe…in studios, schools, on catwalks, through exhibits…Well, you get the gist…Anywhere and everywhere…Even Plainwell! Elis and Cynthia do so much to promote feltmaking, for which I am most grateful. It was a joy to take Elis’ workshops, as  she is one of my all-time favorite feltmakers. I love not only her grandiose felt creations (check out her latest project,  ‘Global Burrows’ ), but also her heart. If you ever have the chance to take a class from Elis, be sure to sign up…You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it and shall eat my hat if you are not!!! Not too worried about making good on that promiseJ

Here’s a picture of one of the two hats that I made in Elis’ class, and modeled by Elis’ lovely daughter, Rachel, who modeled all of our creations without one ounce of wincing! Thank you dear Rachel. Rachel also has a great I-pod full of really cool music. I felt like a teenager again listening to late night music in the studio. 


Lastly, one final hat of mine, this one photographed by my talented son, Ryan, of Ryan Lindsey Photography. If you live in the West Michigan area and need a great photographer, one who is very patient, and who has a great eye, be sure to get in touch with him…Tell him his mom sent you. This photo is an image that appeared in 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown.


Well, that’s all for this evening…Here’s to hats, felt, friends and family.

Happy felting and big hugs,


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