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Fascinator Workshop

Fascinator Workshop Fascinator Workshops Fascinator workshop to be held in My Little Hat Shop, Reading Berks If you would like to learn to make a simple but sophisticated fascinator on 11th March we are holding 2 workshops. Morning 10.30 - 12.30 Afternoon 1.30 - 3.30 Each workshop costs £35, all materials are included in the price. Each fascinator is sewn by hand, good sewing skills are not essential. For all enquiries please email me We also offer fascinator and headpiece parties ideal for Hen Parties, corporate functions or just for fun.

Headpieces that Turn Heads - A Bowl of Sweets

Headpiece A bowl of Liquorice Allsorts Why not have a headpiece made to turn heads at occasions such as Royal Ascot. This headpiece is bowl shaped upturned base covered with burgundy silk filled with sweets. The allsorts are made from black and white felt and are very realistic, almost good enough to eat. The bowl sits on a headband covered in the same burgundy silk and a white feather spine to complete the effect. Headpieces similar to this are made to order. Please email me if you would like to make an enquiry,

Royal Ascot

Peacock Feather Headpiece Ideal to wear to Royal Ascot Everyone who goes to Royal Ascot knows to dress up and wear a hat is a must. Many ladies spend the day showing their outfit rather than watch the races. Every time I have attended has been very memorable for so many reasons. As a milliner I spend the day looking at the hats and seeing that they compliment the outfit and sit perfectly on the head. Two years ago a young lady wore her hat with the black elastic under her chin. This brought childhood memories flooding back when we wore boaters with black elastic positioned under our chins too. I wonder what I will see this year. 

Cloche making workshop

Evie sewing her green Cloche Yesterday we had a cloche making workshop. Heather and Evie both made a traditional asymmetrical 1920s style wool felt cloche. They both worked very hard hand stitching their hats. Evie's green cloche looked wonderful against her red hair and she left the shop proudly wearing her own creation. Cloche workshops are available throughout the year. 4 hour workshop £65, all materials included in the price All day workshop £95, learn how to block a cloche and create your own design from beginning to end. 

Selling Hats in London

We have now successfully started selling in The Apple Market, Covent Garden London. Selling the hats in a popular holiday destination has been a very interesting move.  Each time a hat is sold we ask where it will be taken. The ear warmers have journeyed as far as Queensland Australia, the cloches are now in various countries in Europe, as well as America and Canada. Each hat will have it's own story to tell. From My Little Hat Shop in Reading, England to who knows where?

Bridal Headpiece - 1950s inspired

Chereeka's wedding was 1950s themed. Her dress, headpiece and wedding reception was inspired totally by the 1950s. For her headpiece Chereeka chose an ivory sinamay pillbox. Just peeping out from the bow at the back was a small mouse and there was a trail of green swarovski crystals. The veiling completed the 50s theme. Bridal headpieces are usually bespoke and designed with the bride. We have a selection of bridal headpieces available in the shop.

Ascot 2012 - The Key Board Hat

Last year I designed and made 8 musical themed headpieces for my family and friends to wear to Ascot. As soon as we arrived the photographers were very interested in taking photos of us as a group. Lydnsey had her photo taken so many times and the above photo appeared in magazines around the world unfortunately, without my name attached. We are currently thinking about this year's designs. Our collection of hats is available to buy. To place an order just email me

Black Pillbox Headpiece

Nuit Model   Precious Baque Photographer  Salvo Toscano This is one of the Nuit collection. The collection includes various sizes of pillbox bases covered with black silk. Each one is decorated with twisted silver jewellery wire and completed with black veiling. Each one of the collection compliments the 'little black number', burlesque costumes or an outfit for a special occasion. It is a simple but very sophisticated headpiece.

Bridesmaids Headbands

Pretty little headband suitable for bridesmaids or even the bride..
Silk flowers with veiling,colours to compliment or match the dress, on a silver coloured headband.

Bridesmaid's Headbands This can be ordered in a colour of your choice. Please email me Adrienne @ if you would like to make an enquiry or order one. Price will vary according to size and fabric required. This example of a headpiece is from £39. P&P not included, we  will ship worldwide.

Bridal Headpieces - Birdcages

Many brides today are looking to dress in vintage style clothes and want to compliment their dress with a vintage style birdcage.
At Adrienne Henry Bridal we have designed several bidcages decorated with silk bows and flowers.
Vinatge style Bridal Headpiece made with silk and veiling

A Great Day to Make Cloches

Today the sun shone again and Sasha spent the day making cloches. Both of us love the 1920s and 30s fashions and enjoy desiging and making our own cloches, some with a modern twist in My Little Hat Shop.
In the 20s the close-fitting cloche became the uniform of the day. Hat shops too were very popular and found in all towns and cities, unlike today. Ladies rarely went out not wearing a hat, they were a fashion statement and the cloche was very popular.
In My Little Hat Shop we have a selection of hats for men too. The Fedora was worn by gentlemen and also very popular in the fisrt half of the 20th century. They are becoming very popular today.

Sunshine and Hats

The sun is shining and it is such a lovely day to make special occasion hats.
We have just spent this afternoon blocking large hats suitable for Ascot, A Day at the Races, Mother of the Bride and of course Mother of the Groom, everyone seems to forget the mother of the groom.
Once the blocked hats has dried and been prepared they will be decorated hopefully very soon and ready to be photographed then included in my new website which will be coming soon,
It is such a pleasure to see the sun after this very long winter.