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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hats off!

 There's been a burble of excitement here at HH HQ, not just because the workshops have been so successful since moving to Alder Carr Farm but because we have the talented Sarah Valentine joining us to teach us some of her amazing millinery skills!
 Sarah runs Scarlett Valentine Millinery, the hats and headpieces she produces are stunning with a contemporary feel along with the traditional hats she produces using a variety of different materials. Trained both in Suffolk, the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins London Sarah is now generously sharing some of her skills with us!
 Sarah is teaching us how to use sinamay to make flowers and abstract shapes which can be made into headpieces, corsages and brooches on Saturday 20th September, we currently have 5 spaces left. Call in or contact Nic for details and availability.
 With Christmas marching towards us, I feel guilty mentioning it on such a sunny day but we have Sarah teaching us how to use paper to make pointy stars and flowers which would be perfect for giftwrapping or decorating your home. There are only a couple of spaces left on this workshop so please don't leave it too late to book! Paper stars and flowers is running on Friday 12th December.

 Got an old favourite hat in need of a retrim?
An unloved hat in need of a complete makeover?
We also have hats here at HH HQ which can be bought on the day of the workshop, Saturday 15th November - using vintage trimmings, machine embroidery and the expertise of Sarah Valentine to make that unloved hat the star of the show once again! Chop and change for a fun new look and turn heads this winter...
 One of MY favourite workshops to teach is the indigo dyeing and batik is the fun way to add patterns to fabric - there are just two places left on the Batik workshop running on Sunday 26th October. It's magical to watch indigo work and even more so as you watch your designs appear!
Find us on where there is now a HalfpennyHome2 - there you can also find some of our most popular notions as well as some of our workshops which you will be able to book online
Saturday 15th November Upcycling hats with Sarah Valentine £35 2 spaces
Saturday 22nd November Knitting Clinic £10
Sunday 29th November Appliqued Christmas Stocking £35 3 spaces
Sunday 30th November Crochet - beginners 10-1 and amigurumi Santa 1-4 with Jenny Tidman £35 FULL
Sunday 7th December Festive Needle Felting with Jenny Tidman £35
Friday 12th December Paper stars and flowers with Sarah Valentine £35
Saturday 13th December Needle Felted robins, snowmen and Christmas puddings £35
Sunday 14th December Mystery Make Christmas Tea Party in aid of NRAS 12-4 £35 all profits go to National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, includes a raffle and a slap up tea! £35

Phew...long list - book in the usual way by phoning 01449 721123 Tuesday-Sunday or email or alternatively keep an eye on

Hope that there is something here that gets your excitement levels climbing!
Nic x