Monday, 23 November 2009

Hattie Happenings & Millinery Madness!: Festive Happenings at Sara Gadd Millinery...Love Christmas is here!

Hattie Happenings & Millinery Madness!: Festive Happenings at Sara Gadd Millinery...Love Christmas is here!

Festive Happenings at Sara Gadd Millinery...Love Christmas is here!

We're getting all festive at Sara Gadd Millinery and....It is here....the week of Love Christmas!

This Wednesday 25th November at The Cecil Street Project in Carlisle, "Love Christmas" a street market with a difference is taking place.
It's the perfect places to get some Christmas goodies and presents, there'll be stores selling many different items from millinery to baby goods, ladies fashions, interior goods, dancing and more.  There'll be refreshments available and you may get lucky and win a prize from the raffle!

Everyone is welcome so please come along and support local businesses.

There are also new items on sale now from my Misi store including Christmas cards and Luxury holly Gift Bows!

There are also lots of hats for winter weddings and festive fascinators, why not take a look at

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Sara Gadd's Hat Shop Is A Milliner's Grotto!

The Sara Gadd Millinery hat shop in Carlisle, is a milliner’s grotto filled with fancy fripperies for your head!

There is so much to choose from and I've been busy creating for the festive season!  Here's an idea of what's available:
- Stylish felt hats in a variety of colours, perfect for keeping out the cold. 
- Sparkly headdresses and hair accessories that will add a touch of glamour to your Christmas party outfit.
- Elegant winter wedding creations to suit the whole party from guests to brides alike.

If you would like to arrange an appointment at the studio in Corby Hill, Carlisle, Cumbria visit a selection of creations are available from my Misi store at

I will also be at the following events: 

• Thursday 10th November 6.30pm – 9pm (£2.50 Entry)
Austin Friars St Monica’s School Christmas Shopping Evening
New Hall, Etterby Scaur, Carlisle, CA3 9PB

• Wednesday 25th November 7pm – 9pm (Free Entry)CWE Networking Group Showcase)
“Love Christmas” A street market with a difference (
The Cecil Street Project, Cecil Hall, 46A Cecil Street, Carlisle, CA1 1NL

When choosing your outfit this season, let it all go to your head with the perfect hat or fascinator from the Sara Gadd Millinery hat shop in Carlisle!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Winter Warmers

New winter felt hats on the horizon from Sara Gadd Millinery!

As we enter into October, in Carlisle, Cumbria the sun is shining and the sky is a clear blue, just a few fluffy white clouds...this can only mean one thing...winter is on the way!

I love these fresh, clear days and my thought have turned from this summer's frivolous fascinators to warming winter felts that are just perfect for keeping out the cold!

Here are some of the latest winter hat designs now available from Sara Gadd Millinery. The designs can be bought through our Misi on line store at: or directly from the Corby Hill millinery studio near Carlisle, Cumbria.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Sculpting with Jane Smith

Last week I travelled up to Edinburgh to take part in a Sculpting Masterclass with the wonderful London based Hatter Jane Smith.

This was a great workshop - I recommend it to anyone with a back ground in millinery, it is both challenging and rewarding and at the same time quite relaxing!

As a bonus it could also save you money!!!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Living Windows 2009

Last week shoppers in Carlisle may have thought they were going mad as they were treated to unusual happenings!

With hat trick demonstrations, live mannequins, living statues, and dancing madonnas!!

It was all in aid of 'Living Windows' celebraiting 25 years of The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle City Centre.

Dance Ahead and Sara Gadd Millinery joined forces once again to organise dancers, dances and accessories with a living twist!....

The performers, students from the University of Cumbria, looked stunning and worked hard to achieve the look...thanks so much for your time and energy guys!

...Watch out for more events like this later in the year!

If you would like to be involved with any of our projects visit for further details.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

'Old Hat' Recycled Hat Exhibition

It's been another busy week....

Saturday 18th Sara took to the stage in The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle and presented 'Hat Tricks' providing some great ideas for ladies night at Carlisle Races. Sara showed ideas for re trimming old hats and creating a fascinator with the trimmings!

'Old Hat' in Newspaper, Flyers & Wire.

On Thursday 16th July 'Old Hat' went on display at High Head Sculpture Valley.

This latest collection of headwear has been inspired by a recent period of work undertaken with Grampus Training and Heritage Limited, a local company who work with students from all over Europe.
Sara has been increasingly interested in the potential of using recycled materials to create exciting new pieces. Sara adopted a simplistic approach to create the designs, drawing upon personal skills and problem solving to transform recycled objects into ‘something else’. Each creation has been inspired by the recycled object in its original state with minimal use of additional materials. The potential for recycled fashion is endless!

Any body wishing to try their hand at creating something from nothing can enrol on a new ‘Fashion Junkie Workshop’. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own exciting creations from recyclables! Or if you’d like a more traditional approach you can try Retrimming an old hat at an ‘Old Hat Tricks’ workshop; the next one is Saturday 22nd August 10am – 4pm at The Studio in Corby Hill near Carlisle.

For further details, contact Sara for directions to go and see the collection in the flesh visit

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Summer Hats & Fascinators From Sara Gadd Millinery

Hats, fascinators and summer headwear .....

It's a busy summer Sara Gadd Millinery
and it's so lovely to see ladies choosing colourful head wear for special occasions such as weddings, Royal Ascot and other race meetings, despite of the 'credit crunch!'

Here are some of the latest creations that have been adorning the heads of stylish ladies across the country and even the world!
If you would like to commission Sara Gadd Millinery to design and create an exclusive hat for you visit for further details.

Grampus Workshop - Norse Inspired Hats & Headwear

During this recent workshop I worked with students from all over Europe at Grampus Heritage and Training Ltd. We produced hats made from a mixture of natural materials such as linen, raw silk, fur, hand made melt, woor, bone and metal.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Viking Inspired Hats - Grampus Workshop

Sara Gadd Millinery has been out and about again .....!

... I spent the start of this lovely sunny week working at Grampus in Threapland, Wigton, Cumbria, with a lovely group of hard working Romanian students.

This time we have been inspired by Vikings!
Expect to see Viking inspiration in my forthcoming autumn/winter collection, here's a hint of what to expect! (Here's my creation above!)

Working with hand made felt, natural fabric, yarns and fur we created a simplistic collection of contemporary Viking headwear!

We also had the luxury of working with David Watson of Moor Forge, who created fabulous Viking inspired brooches.

The hats will be worn with Viking inspired outfits. The students are in England working towards this project for four weeks and so far they seem to be having fun!

A great start to the week and a welcome break from the norm!