STAND OUT FROM THE FLOCK
Here on the What's New page I like to post any current events and happenings, as well as new ideas coming out of the shop. I don't get here as often as I like, so if you would like to see the very latest things, please check us out on Facebook and Instagram.
The Black Sheep Hang Loop
Here is a charming little custom number that finds itself somewhere between styles. A bit of "Boss of the Plains" meets western bowler I suppose.
Pecan beaver felt with antique brass grommets and three ply ribbon.
Well, being the hat lover that I am, I couldn't just leave well enough alone. After many trials and tribulations I am finally happy to introduce my homage to the classic edge detail. The Black Sheep Hat Works Pinnacle Edge.*Available on both rabbit and beaver felt in most styles and colors*
Here is a special treat.
This is the first of our fine velveteen 100% beaver finishes. The look is achieved by using 100 year old techniques and a great deal of hands on work.
The hat is shown in steele felt with a hand dyed 2 1/4" ribbon, Halo trim, and for an added bonus, all natural calf skin sweatband with brocade liner.
I like this hat so much that we just might have to make it a standard offering. But that is just my opinion, what do you think?
To my dear valued customers,
We are writing today to let you know about the upcoming year of change here at Black Sheep Hat Works.
As many of you may know, I am an avid backpacker. This year I have decided to chase a long time dream and attempt to hike the entirety of America’s great Continental Divide. This path leads from the Mexican border in New Mexico and follows the Continental Divide through the Rocky Mountains to the border of Canada in Montana. I will also be adding the Pacific Northwest Trail to my travels, and will be hiking back home from Montana to the Pacific Northwest. The total trip will be somewhere around 4100 miles and I am allotting myself 9 months to complete the journey.
As this trek will take the better part of 2013, come January 22nd, 2013 we will not be accepting any new hat orders for some time. 2012 has been our busiest year to date thanks to you, our loyal customer. I have decided to stop orders on January 22nd to give myself ample time to compete all of your hats that are on order before I leave the shop.
This journey is sure to be a hard one and some of you may be wondering why, when business is good, would I choose now?
I have found that the time for chasing dreams never really presents itself; most often you have to make the time. Choosing to go into hat making was such a decision. It was hard and seemed daunting. It certainly did not fit into our lives at the time, but it has proved to be one of the most rewarding choices I have ever made. My joy in it has taught me to reach more for the things I would like to accomplish. I hope you will understand.
In the mean time, for those of you who are interested, Alex plans to follow the trek with updates on our Black Sheep Facebook page and the website. I will also be building two hats for the trip, one straw and one packable felt and plan on putting them though serious testing. I figure that there is no better way to test a hat than 20 miles a day in the most rugged and remote wilderness in America. So that should be fun.
I would like to thank you all for your understanding. I do hope that wherever you are in life, you can make time to chase after your dreams. Remember, there is no time like the present.
Your hat maker,
No, your eyes are not playing tricks, that is a double tear drop, and I am planning to offer it full time. This is also a preview of the soon to be offered Hand Dyed Colors.
Look for this one on the men's hat page as the Seabreeze.
Der TYROLEAN HUT
Who needs an Austrian hunt to have all the fun? Classics like this are meant to be worn wherever your trek takes you.
If you're interested, please be sure to ask about our velour felt options.
Some times even those with an eclectic personality need a black hat.
Enter Mr. Stripey.
Bold ribbon treatment keeps this fedora from being just another black hat.
And if the ribbon doesn't say different to you, just check out the liner.
A HAT REBORN
Found this poor soul, down and out and feeling at the end of his days.
But now after just a few short days with us here at the hat works spa and recreation center, this lad is back at the top of his game. Sharp as a tack and ready for action!
I have to admit that even I am shocked by this one.
I found this hat in a thrift store "hat bin" with a whole bunch of costume hats. It was completely flat in the bottom of the bin and was hardly recognizable as a hat. To my suprise and horror, it turned out to have started its life as a Stetson Stratoliner!
After some serious cleaning, re-blocking inside out and re-pouncing, I think we saved it. I also gave it some serious new looks. Now sporting a 4 1/2" crown, 2 1/8" brim, 2" hand dyed ribbon with back bow and a reverse diamond crease, this hat is not for the faint of heart.
I am so happy with the outcome that I am going to offer this crease as The Ninety-Five.
VINTAGE 6-PLY RIBBON
I was recently lucky enough to aquire a roll of vintage ebony 3/4" six ply ribbon. This is definitely something unique these days. Ply ribbon is most often used on western hats and is usually only seen in two and three ply, but it also makes a very beautiful fedora dressing.
I can gladly use this on any style you like but please remember supply is very limited, so the amount of hats we can build with it will be as well.
TIME for a CLASSIC...
Here again is the newest hat. I have had many inquires about bowlers and derbies, and yes we would be glad to build you one in any color or dimensions. The western derby, although not as popular today is essentially the same hat just larger. Please see the bottom of the gallery for an example.
I recently built this hat to compete in the North American Beard and Mustache Competition. As I sport an Edwardian style handlebar mustache, I felt the proper hat was a necessity. The event was great fun. The Kitsap Sun wrote a nice article with photo highlights. Should you care to view it click here.
HAT COMPETITION FINALIST
From the home of the worlds greatest cephalopods comes the dazzling, the beautiful, the awe inspiring "CHAPEAU PIEUVRE" the Octopus hat. Inspired by the giant octopi that reside here in the
Puget Sound, the Chapeau Pieuvre's eight arms of grace are poised delicately to frame your beautiful face the way only an invertebrate can.
We are happy to say that this hat was chosen as one of the finalists in the first annual Judith M millinery competition. Although we did not win, this hat will never cease to put a smile on my face. I hope you get as big a kick out of it as I do.
WHAT TO DO with an OLD HAT
I found this hat at a local antique store. It was three sizes too small and had a few stains, but the color was so nice I just had to see what I could do with it. The top of the hat was a bit sun faded while the underside still looked brand new.
So, I had a crazy idea to turn the whole thing inside out. I am happy to say that it was definatly the way to go. What you see now used to be the inside of the hat and the underside of the brim. Even the ribbon has been reworked from the origional, turned over as well. This hat has changed my whole view of looking at vintage hats and I can't wait to find another diamond in the rough.
CUSTOM DESIGN HIGHLIGHT
This half cloche is built from velvet soft doublesided kiwi velour felt. Adorned with freshwater pearls and vintage horsehair ribbon provided from the customer's own collection. A second view of this hat can be seen in the Gallery.
In the NEWS!
If you'd like to learn more about our business, check out this story featured in our local paper, the Kitsap Sun. I would like to thank writer Tammy Adamson-McMullen and photographer Meegan Reid for doing such a nice job. To see the article click on the picture below.