Millinery Musings

Here’s the latest news from Silverhill Creative Millinery — along with any other hat or fashion related blog posts. Everything from celebrating hats in my favorite movies and TV shows (*cough* Downton Abbey *cough*), to articles about how to care for your hats, to showcasing the different types of materials used in millinery.

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The Etsy ‘Strike’, Lies, and Handmade Businesses

The Etsy ‘Strike’, Lies, and Handmade Businesses

You may have heard about small businesses with Etsy shops going on "strike." I have a lot of thoughts on this issue, and the more I dig into it, the more new thoughts occur to me. It's far more complex than the narrative of big, corporate Etsy taking advantage of...

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Being Creative Amidst Grief

Being Creative Amidst Grief

Making a happy, spring hat was an amusing contrast in snowy winter. The juxtaposition turned sadder when my dog got cancer. I turned to creativity to help me through grief.

The High Bar to Handmade Hats

The High Bar to Handmade Hats

In May 2020, I officially joined the Milliners Guild. I wanted to write about my membership — but I wasn't sure what to say beyond "Hey, I've joined this organization." Is it a designation most people care about? No. I've never been asked if I'm a member. Probably...

Why I Don’t Get Political With My Business

Why I Don’t Get Political With My Business

I am a passionately political person — and I keep my millinery business almost entirely apolitical. That has always been a deliberate choice, and as a general thing, that's going to continue. However, I feel compelled today to write about the intersection of...

Designing a Hat for a Millinery Competition

Designing a Hat for a Millinery Competition

With few people wearing hats, probably even fewer people know that hat contests are a thing! From "fashions on the field" contests to straight-up hat-making competitions, milliners get to vie for accolades and prizes. Every year, HATalk Magazine (an e-magazine)...

2020 in Review

2020 in Review

The year in review for Silverhill Creative Millinery: online learning, joining the Milliners Guild, participating in online exhibitions, buying new blocks and making new hats.

An Election Day Special: Hat to honor Frances Perkins

An Election Day Special: Hat to honor Frances Perkins

Tomorrow is Election Day in the U.S. To mark the occasion, here's my post about a hat inspired by U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. Back in May, I joined the Milliners Guild as a professional-level member. (More about that in future posts.) Since COVID was...

Past Features and Social Media

Past Features and Social Media

With a brand-new Silverhill Creative Millinery website, there's not a full archive of blog posts and news ... yet. So here's a collection of past features, interviews and social media links. Interviews and Features I was selected for a profile interview on Hat Academy...

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

April 20-26 is "Fashion Revolution Week." It's held every year on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. As a general thing, I choose not to bring politics into my business. But it simply doesn't make sense to be any part of the fashion industry without...

Hi, I’m a DIY-er!

Hi, I’m a DIY-er!

Welcome to my website and my first blog post! Let's get this party started... Launching my website has me nervous and excited. I've done it all myself. In part because I can't afford a top-notch web designer. And, in part, because I've always been that type of person:...

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