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Tricorn, the other affair.

Brown velvet tricorn

Brown velvet tricorn

I imagine you might be realizing that a baseball cap just isn’t my thing by now. I love the way a tricorn looks.

For those of you who aren’t sure what a tricorn is it’s a round crown hat with its brim folded up on three sides to make a triangle shape when looking at it from the plan view. Tri-corn, three horns. get it?

Green silk

Green silk

Tiny wool tricorn

Tiny wool tricorn.

I have made several cocktail tricorns. These are fun and look great when one point sits jauntily over one eye.

It has to have a skull.

It has to have a skull.

I’m not sure a hat like this could have been made without at least one with a skull.

A little more french.

A little more french.

I decided to go for a more traditional french look with this and the next one.

minitricornerblackredI love the way these look and when I have a bit of time to play I will definitely make a few more. I think I’ll make one in embroidered silk next time.






Queen’s Plate Horse Race

For three years I have been setting up my hats at the Queen’s Plate Horse Race in Toronto Ontario. This is one of the races of the triple crown in Canada. It is at Woodbine Race track and it is always a great day. Over 10,000 people attend this race and 2 summers ago Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attended. Somewhere I have a photo of the top of her hat.

I am the only milliner to attend this race and it is with the kindness of the staff who let me. I have been on a morning television programme, Canada a.m. here on the CTV network the first year and Breakfast Television the second year which is on the City TV network.

We have also travelled this past summer to Edmonton Alberta to the Canadian Derby Race at Northlands Race Track and had a big adventure out west.

All this horse race fun leads us to create our versions of the race hat the Ascot in the U.K. has made famous. Who knows, maybe I’ll be making the hat the wins the Ladies Day prize across the pond. In the meantime, our race day hats can be viewed at our website or in the studio.

We have enormous fun making these one of a kind hats. We can make one on custom out of anything really but usually we use a toyo straw or a sinamay straw. We will be making these again this year starting very soon as spring and race season comes up quickly.

This coming summer will hopefully see us again near the valet parking entrance at Woodbine Race Track with our hats spilling off the shelves waiting for the race fans. As for Edmonton, I’m not sure my old car can take another trip.

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