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Glam Hatter Gatsby Hens Hit The Candlelight Club.

Last week we hosted a Gatsby Inspired Accessory Making Workshop for Emily and seven of her friends at our Exmouth Market venue in London. The girls spent a lovely 3 hours with us enjoying vintage afternoon tea and producing very on trend 1920’s Gatsby-inspired necklaces and headpieces to complement their outfits to wear to The Candle Light Club’s Summer Ball. fascinator making london

As well as Emily’s hen party it just so happened to be her Birthday. Jing had secretly brought along a gorgeous cake made by Paul’s Bakery to celebrate the occassion. Our Glam Hatter Girls plated it up on our vintage china cake stand, added candles and served it at the table.Birthday celebrations at Glam hatters

It was a very emotional moment when her friends started to sing “Happy Birthday” as the other hen party in the room joined in with their amazing operatic voices. I was really quite moved!janie lawson glam hatters

During the workshop  the girls received full vintage hair and make-up to make them look fabulous for the Candle Light Club. It did give the experience a beauty parlour feel as the girls carried on creating their works of art as their hair set in hairclips and rollers!vintage hen party afternoon teaThis is Alex she’s responsible for making the girls look amazing. They ordered full hair and make-up to run alongside the headpiece making workshop. If you would like this service please email us at Glam Hatters for all the info.Vintage Hair and make-up at Glam hatters.

The girls had the choice of making Gatsby inspired headpieces, necklaces or fascinators during their workshop. The hen below made a gorgeous pearl headpiece attached with silk ribbons. Emily made a pearl necklace stitched to a felt collar attached by silk ribbons.vintage inspired hen party

The girls who made necklaces brought headpieces with them and matched the necklaces to the hats using our extensive range of crystals, beads and sequins. Lots of hens match their necklaces to the hats they wear to the wedding or match their fascinators and headpieces to their wedding outfits. Giving hens the added bonus of not having to trawl the high street for matching wedding hats! Make your own fascinator and you can match colours exactly.gatsby hen partyEmily’s group brought bubbly with them and ordered a Glam Hatters’ mini cream tea which they were served on vintage china during the half time break and it kept them going till dinner. They then headed from our venue in Exmouth Market straight to The Candle Light Club for dinner and dancing.glam hatters at the candle light club Emily made the front page of The Candle Light Club’s Summer Ball pictures with their fabulous accessories and gorgeous outfits.glam hatter girlsGlam Hatters highly recommend The Candle Light Club, it’s super stylish, incredibly extravagant and as you can see in the picture of Emily below it’s a lot of fun. vintage fascinator making

If you would like check out The Candle Light Club and need fabulous accessories to adorn yourself with but don’t have a hen party coming up why not join our Glam hatters’ workshop on the 19th of July? You will enjoy a 3 hour Gatsby workshop with full afternoon tea. Quote “blogtastic” on your email and we will charge you £49 pp instead of £73. Make a fabulous headpiece, meet new friends and enjoy afternoon tea – sounds like the prefect Sunday to me!

With Love,

Glam Hatter Girl xxx

For our 19th July workshop click here.

For all our fabulous packages click here.

For The Candle Light Club click here.

For hair and make-up packages to run along side your workshop please email us and we will give you all the details.

Corporate Event at Clerkenwell Design week

hat making workshops for corporate client daysLast month The Glam Hatters were asked to host a corporate event for The Gallery In Sutton Street, Clerkenwell as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. We taught 10 of Clerkenwell’s finest creatives to free their spirit and make beautiful headpieces.

Clerkenwell is a stones throw from our Exmouth Market venue and home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. So when The Glam Hatters were asked to host a fascinator making workshop at Clerkenwell Design Week we were more than a little excited!

These fearless females dived straight in to hat boxes of materials choosing striking colour combinations and sculpting statement headwear. They bonded over colour way choices and giggled over sewing skills and absolutely all of them made a headpiece they would be proud to wear to an event.

Glam Hatters client days materials

This is our first foray into the corporate world and it felt kind of unusual to be running a fascinator making afternoon tea party on a Tuesday! Surrounded by all things super-tech our corporate creatives had a ball getting back-to-basics with hand sewing and beading techniques.Glam hatters Corporate Events

We moved aside the wireless phone charges so as not to spill bubbly or dollop cream on them during the break!Glam Hatters Corporate Workshops

You can see from the results that these girls went for it with their designs and they looked awesome!Glam Hatters Corporate Events Days

If you would like The Glam Hatters to come to your corporate event please get in touch and we can chat about scheduling, venues and budgets and bring you the perfect team building package.

If you didn’t make it to Clerkenwell Design Week this year, here are some reasons to put it into your calendar for next Spring!

Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area. Celebrating it’s 7th year in May 2016 (24-26) the award-winning* CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2014, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 32,300 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands. CDW has been awarded Best Live Event at the AEO Awards 2013 and Best Festival and Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards 2012.

I hope to see you there next Spring!

With Love,

Glam Hatter Girl xxx

For Glam Hatter fascinator making workshops click here.

For incredible tech products and super cool, functional workspace furniture check out The Gallery here.

How To Make A DIY Hat For Ascot.

hats for the racesHow To Make The Perfect Vintage-Inspired Hat For Ascot.

Royal Ascot kicks off today and in honour of the occasion this week’s blog will teach you how to make a hat for the Ascot Races!

A couple of weeks ago I went to The Epsom Derby with a group of friends to celebrate my friend Vicki’s Birthday. I was very proud to wear one of my own birdcage veil hats and gave one to Vicki as a Birthday present. Here’s a couple of pictures of our day!

diy ascot hat

I was expecting a lot of beautiful millinery but was a little bit dissapointed to note that a lot of the fascinators worn were very samey. And when I had a flick through the internet I realised that a lot of the high street fascinators are all of a similar ilk. So with Ascot kicking off today, where do you go to get a hat for the races if you’re only going to wear it once and want to keep it affordable?

Here are 2 options that I’ve come up with;

Option 1. Follow my Glam Hatters step-by-step workshop and video tutorial below and make your own hat for the races at home. 

Option 2. If DIY crafting is not your style, come to a Glam Hatters’ vintage-inspired fascinator making workshop and learn from The Glam Hatter Girls.

Option 1. How To Make A DIY Hat For Ascot.

Step 1. Find Your Fascinator Base.

My first stop was Oxfam! It might be luck or charity shops might be full of them but I found this fabulous little hat – I had to use my imagination and a bit like re-decorating a house, I had to strip it down to add fabulous feathers and vintage-style decorations to bring it to life!

DIY hat tutorial

Step 2. Remove The Original Millinery Decorations.

I started by removing part of the flower decoration to see if I could play around with the shape, but it just looked too high street so I cut them off altogether! Then I thought I might leave the original hat band on but after trying it out with the feathers I decided it just wasn’t that lovely so also cut that off completely.

Make Your Own Ascot Hat

Step 3. Decide On Your Hat Band.

I then tried out some different coloured silk ribbons, eventually deciding on the grey silk I pinned it to the hat folding the end underneath.

Step 4. Choose Your Feathers.

Then I up-ended one of my Glam Hatter hat boxes full of luxury feathers (used on the Luxury Vintage Fascinator Hen Party Workshop) and decided on white ostrich feathers to soften the look of the hat. You can find feathers at John Lewis or for a more professional look try Macculloch & Wallace(Oxford Circus Tube).

Make Your Own Hat for Ascot

 

Step 5. Create Your Vintage-Inspired Pearl Decoration Using My Glam Hatters’ Video Tutorial.

I then grabbed my bead box (the one I take along to our Gatsby Inspired Hen Party Workshop) and using 4mm wire and lots of pearls created a fabulous vintage inspired decoration to add to the hat. You can find the pearls and wire at The Bead Shop in Kentish Town. It’s very close to my house so you may even bump into me in there!

 

Step 6. Add Your Pearl Decoration To The Hat Brim.

I made up some vintage-inspired decorations in different colour ways, one was a mix of blues and another all pearls. And in true Glam Hatter style I added both. Sometimes more is just, well more!

DIY Ascot Fascinator

This is me in my studio wearing my incredibly affordable hat. It cost me £8.99 to buy the hat from Oxfam and I added feathers and decorations (which I made myself) along with some silk ribbon. I think you’ll agree it’s lovely to wear something that is a reflection of your own style and the other massive plus is that you won’t bump into anyone else wearing the same thing!

Option 2. Come to a Glam Hatters Vintage-Inspired Fascinator Making Workshop and learn from The Glam Hatter Girls.

 

I hope you enjoy this post and please do Facebook me with your results, I’d absolutely love to see. If you decide a Glam Hatters’ Workshop is more your thing (step-by-step tuition, fabulous afternoon tea, 1920’s tunes in the background, candy stripe table-cloths!) Please do email me and I will give you the full details.

 

I wish you a fabulous Ascot and that you and your chosen horse are unstoppable!

With Love & Laughter, Glam Hatter Girl xxx

For Glam Hatter Workshops, click here.

For Macculoch & Wallace millinery supplies, click here.