August 2, 2007

Kate’s visit to Barcelona, my straw hat and more things…

Filed under: Coarse straw braid preshaped hat,daily life,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 9:59 pm

Finished look of the straw hatYou will have noticed that I have not posted for a few days. It has been a few busy and fun days because Kate has been in Barcelona and I’ve been showing her around. She’s been the one with the camera so I suggest you try her blog because soon she will be posting about her time here, and I think she’s had a good time (and so have we!).

For those curious on how it went with the straw hat, you can see the picture on the left. I still have to sew the grosgrain headband but I have been wearing it nevertheless. I think that sewing the band will be difficult because of the coarseness of the straw, but I will let you know how it goes.

Instead of buying expensive ribbon for the trimming at Mokuba (I didn’t find anything nice), I found this sating scarf at the Promod sales. Promod is a clothes store, but they also sell accessories. It cost only 3 euros, and I gives a happy look to the hat. When I’m wearing it with my big sunglasses I feel just like screen star on a summer holiday at Capri (I am not deluding my self, I said I “feel like”, I’m miles away from looking like one, although the hat looks the part!).

Back to Kate’s visit, we met my friend Nina and visited her workshop. Kate took a lot of pictures there, so be sure to check it out!

Ah, another thing. Today my CD “Hats at Royal Ascot 2007 as seen by The HAT magazine” has arrived. I haven’t had a chance to look at it but it looks promising. For those not already subscribed to The HAT magazine I must tell you to subscribe NOW. It’s just great in every possible way, a must have, if you love hats it’s the magazine for you (it comes out 4 times a year). I have every single issue that exists and I treasure them. Back issues sell out quickly so be quick to get those too. I will do a proper review on the magazine soon!A hat makes you feel good about yourself!

Finally, the hat ebooks at how2hats have a 50% sale on all their ebooks during the month of August. I for one will be taking advantage of that and will let you know about the ones I buy!


  1. I am so tickled that you and Kate got together. Ah, the fruit of blog surfing, finding you, and then telling Kate. Wonder what other milliners are out there that should be members of the Traveling Sisterhood of the Hoods. I hope Kate posts her pictures soon. The straw came out terrific, and tghe scarf is so fun! Thanks for the flag on the ebook sale. Keep hatting…I need to see others making hats, it keeps me inspired.

    Comment by jill — August 3, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  2. I certainly DID have a wonderful time! Have downloaded my pictures and have been struggling with how to write up all the lovely things we did. Probably several posts there. Soon, I promise. Thank You and Peter, Cristina, for a wonderful introduction to your fair city. K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — August 3, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

  3. Jill, You are next you know? Once you see the postings of Kate you will have to come visit!! 🙂

    Comment by cristinadeprada — August 3, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

  4. I’ll be watching airline prices! Whoo hoo! Never thought about going to Spain! Maybe next Spring, maybe sooner. Got to get vacation time again, you’ll be there till then I hope! And if you need a bunk in Houston, just let me know…

    Comment by jill — August 6, 2007 @ 3:21 am

  5. Jill, I’m not going anywhere, you get your vacation time and I’ll be waiting!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — August 7, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

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