Autumn is just around the corner, depending on where you are in the world. We had some stormy weather recently and now summer came back for a final push. The apples on the trees are almost ready to pick! Amazing season.
I have kept busy learning to use the new machines and I think I have gotten a hang of it. Any new hat that I am crafting will be made with those machines. See two blog posts back for images of the Platter and Crown Iron machine that I started to use at the beginning of the month. Why do I need those machines? It's rather large investment. Well, I am making more hats and the machines will help with a part of the process which will put less strain on my hands and arms. The result is pretty much the same but perhaps more consistent than before. Still handmade, but an extra pair of hands is always welcome. The sewing part of the process of crafting hats is still time consuming but a very important part to make by hand. That will not change. Probably binding the brim and stitching the entire sweatband is what takes most time now. I can see that more felts are stacking up on the shelves waiting for a sweatbands and other details.
Speaking of felts! I just received a replenishment of Silverbelly and Emerald Gray felts. 100X and both 100X and 50X for the Emerald Gray. Over 150 pieces in total. A very expensive investment as the price of felts have increased significantly. But they are also among the most popular felt colors that I have. I should receive another replenishment in September/ October. As of yet I am not sure. Then there are orders coming in for felts during the first part of 2024. New colors and new fur blends. Very excited about those. Already, I am planning new felt orders that I will place in September for both replenishment and for new colors. They will probably arrive late 2024. We will see how it goes. Longest I have waited for felt replenishment is over a year now. Not fun at all.
I am working on getting the studio ready with more crafted furniture, therefore no new photo of the studio. I have made two new worktables, which will house particular stations for the crafting process. A whole station for the Sweatbands and another for brim binding and ribbon. It will all make sense once I show you the studio. This is just exciting how things are unfolding.
A bit of trouble with the photos this week. I still don't have electricity on the second floor and the sun made everything very yellow. Still working on this, therefore no new videos either until I have managed to fix this. I am a Hatmaker, not a Photographer.
Better get back to it! Thank you for your continued support!
Mikael Einarsson | HUFVUD HATMAKER | Askeröd, Sweden.