Thursday, 18 February 2010

Bridal Bells - Planning The Big Day!
Hats, fascinaors, headdresses and bridal creations on show at The Shepherd's Inn this Sunday!

Spring will soon be on the horizon...snow drops are peeping through the ground, raising their heads to crisp cold days and a touch of warming sun. 
The wedding season is almost in full swing...brides to be it's time to start planning!

If you are looking for a headdress to compliment your dress and the overall theme of your wedding we can create a design that is perfect for you! The Sara Gadd Millinery bridal collection offers an alternative to the traditional tiara. It features hand made silk flowers, feathers, ribbons, lace and pearls, beautifully style with a contemporary vintage theme.

Sara Gadd Millinery will be showing examples from the collection at The Shepherd Inn's in Carlisle this coming Sunday 21st February, for their first ever wedding fair! There'll be an array of exhibitors helping you to create ideas for the big day.

The Shepherds Inn & The Auctioneer Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RR  Tel: 01228 539766
Doors open at 12 noon.

We will also have examples for the mother of the bride and groom, for guests and bridesmaids.  So the whole wedding party can find the perfect finishing touch to their outfit.
Designs can be tailor made to match your outfit.

Come and find us this Sunday...we look forward to meeting you there!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

'NETS' - An International Textile Exhibition Spanning Countries and Continents

International textile exhibition in conjunction with the University of Cumbria, the Australian National University, Canberra and the Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland.

The ‘NETS’ theme of the exhibition is entirely open to artist/maker interpretation and diversity is encouraged.

The launch of the UK strand of the exhibition will launch September/October 2010 and will take place at the Alexandra Gallery, University of Cumbria (Lancaster Campus); it then tours to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate in November 2010 (subject to final confirmation.) 

Alexandra Gallery Floor Plan
On Friday 6th February Angie Wyman held the first discussion meeting, at the University of Cumbria, Carlisle.

Key Discussion Points:
• Ideas for content – Traditional heritage and skills of Cumbria
• To produce an exhibition brochure in the form of a callendar
• Encourage everyone involved to sign up to NETWURKS at
• AW: skills match – to help with the exhibition organisation
• JW: Fundraising for the exhibition
• GH: Written research textile tradition
• SG: Square plinths for exhibition, photographer, local press & Border TV feature
• Kati: Virtual gallery (Finland)
• Cluster groups due to geographical location
• Start an online blog
• Log processes throughout – ideas, production and making through to finished items

Please feel free to log your own your thought and ideas to this blog and to your own blogs. 
We hope to gain a Network of communication and to log the thought processes of the exhibition. 
It is also vital to link blogs, so join up by clicking follow and please come back soon!

Next meeting Friday 19th February, follow up Friday 12th March.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Thinking Ahead ... warmer, sunnier occasions when one might need a hat or some kind of heargear!

I'm currently working on the new bridal collection from Sara Gadd Millinery, which features hand made silk flowers, pearls, lace and feathers. 

Dreaming up new ideas I usually look to both contemporary and historical headwear, flicking through magazines and online images for inspiration, this helps to get ideas flowing. I rummage through boxes of feathers, fabrics beads; generally make a mess, and the ideas start to come!

This Summer I have several dates for new workshop 'Hat Tricks' - If you have old hats gathering dust at home this could be just the thing for you!
Come and join us on this exciting new workshop. Bring along one or more used, special occasion hat with you & learn how to transform it into a Fabulous new Fascinator or headdress!

Date: Saturday, 22 May 2010, Place: Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria, Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Please contact Tullie House Museum for further information and booking details.

Date: Sunday, 11 July 2010, Place: The Brewery Arts Centre, Kenday, Cumbria, Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Please contact The Brewery Arts Centre for further information and booking details.

This workshop along with our 'Hattie Hen Parties' and Fascinator Fun workshops, also runs on various dates throughout spring/summer at the Sara Gadd Millinery stucio in Corby Hill.  Maximum of 6 people.
Please email for details and check out the link below.

Thank you to Rob Summers Photography for these wonderful images.  Please click on the link below and visit his blog to see more images from our photoshoot back in December 2009.