Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Festive Accessories, Fascinators, Hats and Bridal Headwear

Festive Accessories, Fascinators, Hats and Bridal Headwear....occasion hats are not just for the brighter months and we've got some beautiful creations in the studio at the moment. 

Mixed Feather Fascinator - Photography Pink Tulip
Model Jeni Banks

I'm so excited about the launch of my sparkling new website, lovingly designed by Jordan at Symi Art.  Please do take the time to have a look and pass on the details to anyone in need of something for their head!

It's been a busy year all round and the last few weeks I've been out and about at events such as Bridal Gathering in Newcastle, Nostalgia Meets Design in Penrith and local Christmas Fairs around Cumbria.  Spreading the Hattie Happenings is always fun and it's great to meet other creative people along the way!

Silk Neck Tie
There are some great accessories in stock at the moment including lovely little hanging heart/pin cushions, hand made in a combination of luscious interior fabrics.

Or beautiful silk, felt and leather neck ties, perfect for your festive outfit!

Leather & Felt Corsage/Fascinator

How about a leather and felt corsage/fascinator to brighten up a coat or cushion or to be pinned into your hair?

And don't forget fabulous felt hats for colder days and Winter Weddings!

Fleur Crystal Combs Set

If you fancy trying your hand at making a fascinator we are still running workshops during weekends/week days through our 2012, including Hat Tricks, Fabulous Fascinators and Creative Corsages. 
Or how about a workshop gift voucher for a unique gift idea?

For further details please contact Sara at

Happy Hatting!

Sara x

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Hat Workshop Programme

Hello!  Well Summer is officially over but that doesn't mean the fun has to end! 
Day workshops are a great way to have a little time out to yourself and learn something new in the process!
At Sara Gadd Millinery we currently have a number of different workshops available and you don't have to be an expert sewer to take part, Sara will help every step of the way!
With lunch and materials included, come and join us at Sara Gadd Millinery, Forge Cottage, Corby Hill, Nr. Carlisle Cumbria for a great day out!


“Fascinator Fun”

- Learn how to make a fabulous fascinator in your choice of colour and trimming.
£65 pp - Includes materials, coffee & lunch - 10am - 5pm

“Hat Tricks” With a few tips and techniques, this workshop gives you the opportunity to transform your old hats into fabulous new head wear. - Do you have old hats gathering dust at home?

“Creative Corsages” - A corsage can brighten up more or less anything it can be pinned into! During the day Sara will demonstrate a range of different techniques that will enable you to create your own hand made flower corsages. Great for Christmas presents, wow your friends with what you have created!
£55 pp - Includes materials, coffee & lunch - 10am - 5pm

Available from Forge Cottage for groups of five friends, (we will also accommodate smaller numbers where we can by grouping people together.)
Also available at a venue of your choice for larger groups, (prices and details will be changed to accommodate this.)
Available to book between Monday - Saturday.
Please call Sara on 07765975108 or email
Sara is also available for talks.

Additional Workshops
“Cocktail Hats”
Highham Hall Friday 30th Sept - Sunday 2nd Oct 2011 for further details.Cocktail Hats are the perfect alternative to a full brimmed hat.
During this workshop, through demonstration and example, you will learn how to make your own cocktail hat using Sinamay, a type of woven straw.

Please contact Higham Hall for details: 01768776276

All information is copy right of Sara Gadd Millinery 2011

Residential £190 (meals included)
Non-residential £128
(additional £20 material costs also due to the tutor

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Hat & Fascinator Workshops

Hat Tricks at Higham Hall

Sara Gadd Millinery's debut workshop when down a treat last month at Higham Hall, the adult education centre in between Keswick and Cockermouth.  What a wonderful setting for a workshop, in scenic surrounding, everyone is well looked after and certainly won't go home hungry!
During the Hat Tricks Workshop, students brought along their own old hats and we cut and re shaped them into fabulous new creations. 
We were a small group, but that didn't detract from the atmosphere!  Much fun was had by all and students from other courses were soon flocking to see what 'the noisy group' were up to! 
It was a productive weekend with each student creating 1 - 3 hats each, so we had a mini collection of head wear to choose from when it came to posing for photos at the end of the day!
Here are some photos from the workshop, the next Higham workshop is Hats For All - Cocktail Hats, Friday 30th Sept - Sunday 2nd October.
Hat Tricks can also be booked here at the studio for groups of 5 people with lunch and tea and coffee included, at £65pp. 
Or you can take a Fascinator Fun Workshop with all materials , lunch and refreshments included for £65pp. 

This lovely group of ladies did just that below! 
A creative group, just look at what they produced on their Fascinator Fun Workshop yesterday!

You never know what you can achieve!

For details about our workshops email Sara at

Monday, 6 June 2011

A Head For The Hat Season

It's a busy time of year for milliners, the wedding season's in full swing, garden parties are taking hold, race meetings galor and the one and only Royal Ascot just around the corner!

Here at Sara Gadd Millinery it's no exception and we are in a creative frenzie every day!

In addition to creating headwear, Sara has been spreading the 'hatty word' appearing as guest speaker for many local's been a busy season!  It's been great fun meeting lots of new faces, handing our hat advice, oh and sampling many a wonderful cake!

Last month Sara Gadd Millinery teamed up with Pink Tulip Photography in a wonderful vintage bridal boutique photoshoot.

Make up featured by Bridget Foster and our bequtiful models were Jeni Banks of Mayfifteen and Michelle Serrechia.

Here are a few images, they will also be featuring on the updated website soon!
Michelle Serrechia

Warwick Hall was our stunning venue for the shoot and we were so lucky with beautiful weather!

A collection of my family vintage pieces helped with styling the shoot which also included this wonderful vintage bike!

The shoots really created excellent results and I look forward to working with Pink Tulip again in the future.

There are several up coming events involving
Sara Gadd Millinery:

* Hat Tricks Workshop at Highem Hall, Cockermouth
24th - 26th June.

*1st July - 4th July Garden Festival at Warwick Hall.
There will be stalls and events through out the day, email for details

*New coming soon...
'Hats in Action' testimonial web page.  Have you been a Sara Gadd Millinery lady? 
Like to feature?  Just email an image of you wearing your creation to Sara, we'd love to see you on there!

Top Hat Tip: 
Ladies don't leave you hat to the last minute, is the important finishing touch to your outfit so time, planning and carefull consideration is needed!  Why not visit us or email for details!

Nichola Wright Photography