If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know I love teaching and passing on millinery skills. But being able to teach these skills in France was an absolute honor. And I thank Lucy Till for the opportunity. If you are ever in the area around Uzes or Avignon, make a trip to St. Quentin and specifically to Lucy's atelier.
One of the flat felt skirting hats, in progress. Flat felt is worked differently than capelines and hoods, as patterned pieces of felt are stitched together. Lovely use of color here. Note she's marked CF on her creation with a beaded pin. For those of you who are new to millinery...we always mark center front (CF) on our hats and it is either done with a pin or with a stitch of thread.
A picture of Lucy working hard on one of her flat felt hats. We worked around Lucy's big table in the center of the shop. This created lots of interest from passers-by, many who came in to see exactly what all these women were doing!
In the background you see a beautiful grey velour hat of Lucy's. She was recreating it in purple, for a customer. Loved the positive/negative leaves from the cutouts along the brim.
On the last day of class, a Friday, the shop became a fun-filled gathering spot! Lots of people in the shop trying on Lucy's hats, and yes, observing what we were doing with felt. I have to tell you a quick little story about the lady on the far right.
She and her husband, along with two other couples, were visiting from the US. Everyone in class spoke English so lots of conversation ensued. It turns out all 6 were from Mississippi, my home state! What are the odds of finding someone from home in a tiny village in France? Anyway, the woman on the right wanted to buy hats for her granddaughters back in Mississippi. Lucy only had the one children's hat, the teacup hat in from of the customer. Ah, but she needed THREE hats. Could we make her three hats before the end of the day???? They were leaving the area the next morning.