I made my first hat when I was about 10. I got a Barbie Doll for Christmas and no clothes or hats, just the
doll. Most of her clothes were hankies or scarves but then I found an egg carton, covered it with my parakeet's molted feathers
and was hooked. She had more hats then scarves.
When I put away my dolls for other interesting items, like boys, I forgot about the hats. I got married, had
a son, made mistakes and work moves. I like to think that all the different positions I held led me back into
the hats. In 1976 we went to our first miniature show and sold my husbands replicas of guns I saw a lady who made miniature
hats. Of course like everyone else I thought I could do that too. For the next 18 years we went to shows and sold our work
with lots of my miniature hats on one side of the table. I acquired a following which surprise me because there were a lot
of miniature hat makers out there. It seemed that at the time I was about the only one who was not making them Victorian.
We stopped going to shows about 10 years ago and I went back to work. There is a Gallery and Gift shop in
my town where the owner also sold and made hats. I convinced her to hire me as I told her I was a wiz at making hats. There
is a BIG difference in real size hats and doll hats. I found out quite soon that I liked the doll hats better. Dolls do not
complain about the fit.
Then I broke my hip.
Not being able to go back to work standing on my feet all day and dealing with climbing ladders to put hats
back up on display I turned to eBay to sell off my various collections to pay the bills.
I sold a Gene Doll Ball Gown I had made and it came with a hat, of course.
Funny thing her feedback said more about the hat than the ball gown so I thought maybe I could put a few more
of my hats up.
I now have sold over 5,000 hats from my eBay store.
Vintage fabrics are my favorite. They have so much texture and life to them. I like to buy old prom dresses
just to get the bodice or the overlay fabric. My husband has bags of rags for his garage from the pieces of the dresses I
I also like what would be called strange colors, such as moss, or electric ell or say radioactive mud.
Black, pink and white sell nice but to me they are boring. I'll make the Mud's.