November 12, 2006

Catherinettes – 25 November 2006

Filed under: Catherinettes hat 2006 — Cristina de Prada @ 5:55 pm

Nina y Cristina A couple of weeks ago my friend Nina Pawlowsky asked me on our plans for Catherinettes day. We’ve know each other for 5 years now and every year we think of making a proper celebration, which usually ends up being the couple of us going out for a few drinks.

This year it’s going to be difficult. We’re going to celebrate in grand style, with cocktails, somewhere (well, Barcelona, where we live, but the venue still to be decided). This called for me making a new hat (after I think two or three years of doing nothing!), and here I am, digging up my tools, blocks, and trying to make something decent for the occasion.

This occasion has also made me think about starting a blog. Hatmaking is no easy, particularly when one is self taught like is the case with almost everyone these days. I thought I might get help and ideas from others while perhaps sharing some of mine with them. And I particularly like the chance of being able to share my problems and complain and get it out of my system… some kind of cheapo therapy.

Last weekend I thought I had lost all my felts (cones and capelines, gathered through the years) and that really made me mad, I started looking everywhere and I simply could not start with my hat, I just felt miserable and useless… Sunday I went to bed and after turning off the lights I remembered where the felts where!!!

Today, Sunday, I’ve started really seriously. I’ve picked up a felt I had worked on about 10 years ago. Crown and brim had been separated and sewn together again, and the brim had a slit on it… I really don’t know what the whole idea was at the time, I just remember thinking at the time that a good felt had gone to waste.


  1. Hello Cristina,

    I have found your blog when I was searching info about hats and how to make them. I like very much hats and I’m beggining with this.. By this moment I have only made s small piece for my head, but it looked (I think) good. I took the inspiration from the e-book “Featherer creations” form
    I have lots of questions for you, but the main one is where do you usually buy the materials. Could you find something in Barcelona?? Because in Madrid, where I live, I think is pretty difficult to find anything. I visit Bacelona several times a year, so if you have a place in which you usually buy materials for hat making I kindly ask you to share it with me..
    Anothter question I have is if you know a place where I can make a hat course, because the few things I have found in Madrid are pretty high in cost expenses and pretty low in time…
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Marta Acebo

    Comment by Marta Acebo — June 8, 2007 @ 9:49 am

  2. Hello Marta,
    Good to hear from you. It’s exciting starting with something new, and I’m sure you will learn a lot in a short time. I’m sure your whimsy feathered hat looked great 🙂 and I hope you will go on making more things. How2hats have a lot of ebooks, very detailed in description and pictures. They also sell very well made hat blocks.
    About the materials, it depends what you want to byy. The best place for felts and straw hoods/capelines is You can wire them the money and they will mail you the goods. The website is great, with good pictures of the product. You can also get color cards.
    For ribbon I recommend Mokuba (a japanese brand), they have a shop in Barcelona (calle Corcega 220), there’s everything you could ever imagine, and then some more.
    A good place for hatblocks is in the Netherlands: I have visited them, they are very nice people and the blocks are very well made. I have not bought blocks in a long time, so it would be interesting for you to compare prices with other suppliers.
    About hat courses, my friend Nina Pawlowsky gives several ones in Barcelona, that last a whole year. One at the Massana school (, and the other one at Feli ( I will ask Nina if she knows anyone in Madrid giving courses. and let you know.

    Good luck!


    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 8, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

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