Nancy Rood's Profile

About

I grew up in a home where many of our clothes were hand made. Learning to sew was like learning to tie your shoes. My mother, a seamstress and mom of 7 was always busy with custom sewing and alterations at home, as well as the many items that she made for the family. There were sometimes bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses hanging in her sewing room in various stages of completion.

I started making hats in 1994 and have been making them in my Lincoln Vermont home ever since. I have no formal training or fancy degree. Most of my designs come from a lot of trial and error. My home is my studio. Each hat is individually cut (on my kitchen table). I work out of a small sewing room bristling with feathers, fur, trims and shiny things. My basement serves as storage, piled with bolts of fabric and tubs of velvet and hats cut and ready to be stitched…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 12
  • Joined October 31, 2010

Favorite materials

polar fleece, stretch velvet, rayon tassels and fringe, woven trims, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, feathers, fur, and rhinestones

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GreatHat
Great Hat! One of a kind hats by Nancy Rood

About

I grew up in a home where many of our clothes were hand made. Learning to sew was like learning to tie your shoes. My mother, a seamstress and mom of 7 was always busy with custom sewing and alterations at home, as well as the many items that she made for the family. There were sometimes bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses hanging in her sewing room in various stages of completion.

I started making hats in 1994 and have been making them in my Lincoln Vermont home ever since. I have no formal training or fancy degree. Most of my designs come from a lot of trial and error. My home is my studio. Each hat is individually cut (on my kitchen table). I work out of a small sewing room bristling with feathers, fur, trims and shiny things. My basement serves as storage, piled with bolts of fabric and tubs of velvet and hats cut and ready to be stitched.

I am a lover of textiles and shiny things. This is reflected in my hats. I haunt yard sales, rummage sales and Ebay in search of glitz for my hats. I'm always looking for new materials to incorporate in my hats. Many of my hats are one of a kind, embellished with velvet, woven trims, gimp, fringe, buttons, feathers, and vintage jewelry.

My hats are all original designs. I do all the work myself. My hats continue to evolve as I incorporate different materials. I'm inspired by Edwardian, Victorian and retro hats. I've tried to take the romance of those hats and create hats that are more functional for this time period.

I attend a few local shows in New England just for fun and feedback. I love talking to people and getting their responses to my hats. When people come into my kiosk, the remark is often "What a Great Hat!" Thus the name ~ Great Hat!

If you don't see anything to your liking here, please visit my website for more options. http://www.greathat.com. I'm always happy to make custom hats for people with fit issues.

Thank you for visiting my shop!


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https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreatHat/about?ref=l2-more-about

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