It was a bit of a big week for Debbie last week. It was her graduation ceremony on Friday, so she now has a piece of paper proving she can make hats!! And she graduated 'with distinction'.
Other news - Debbie has now finished the charity headpiece that she's been working on. It's made from hand rolled sinamay, mounted on a sinamay covered headband. It's 100% hand made - the process of rolling the edges can only be done by hand. As the pieces are cut, and then the edges rolled, and shaped by hand, every piece made using the technique will be slightly different, making the hat unique.
The piece is inspired by a design Debbie is working on for her Spring / Summer 2014 collection, but in different colours (chocolate brown and yellow, as shown below). We will be listing this piece on Ebay shortly, and donating 100% of the selling price to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the Philippines (Debbie is taking no payment for either the materials or her work). Sinamay originated in the Philippines, and a large quantity of the world supply of sinamay comes from there - including that used to create this headpiece. As there are currently people in the Philippines who have lost everything thanks to the recent typhoon Haiyan, Debbie feels that this is the least she can do!