I'm busy developing a new range of hats and wondering whether what I'm doing is the work of a hatter or a milliner. I'd always thought that someone who made hats was a milliner, but apparently this term is really reserved for those making fancy hats for women. An alternative term seems to be "hat-maker".
Anyway, whatever the correct term, my hats are designed to be unisex.
What's special about my hats is that I make the felt crown from the wool from my flock. This particular crown is Hebridean wool. The brims are tweed. At the moment I'm sourcing Harris Tweed, but longer term I'm hoping to weave my own cloth from my own sheep. Currently I only have a large quantity of one shade of yarn, so exciting cloth isn't yet possible!
The hats are lined with 100% organic cotton poplin.
The sheep in the photograph is not the donor of the wool for the hat. He's Neil, and, apart from being adorable, he's a Bluefaced Leicester X Wensleydale.
Thank you to Gabriel Langley Photography for the photograph and my new brim blocks were made by Owen at Guy Morse Brown.
Woolly-minded shepherdess treading softly through the world.