RainasTextileHouse

Raina's Textile House Rochester NY 14620

Rochester, New York

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Announcement    Hand made hats, some hand felted, some blocked felts...come on in and find the one that's right for you!

I have moved from California to Rochester in upstate New York.

I grew up in CA, then went to NYC for 12 years, then back to CA while my son was in school - and now I find myself in NY again! Upstate this time.

I love Rochester, and I'm hoping the community will discover how cozy and dashing felted hats are...and felted tunics and shawls - and how lovely nuno felted wallets can be...and I hope they love surface design - like dyeing with indigo, and botanical dyeing...etc.

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Last updated on Oct 27, 2020

Hand made hats, some hand felted, some blocked felts...come on in and find the one that's right for you!

I have moved from California to Rochester in upstate New York.

I grew up in CA, then went to NYC for 12 years, then back to CA while my son was in school - and now I find myself in NY again! Upstate this time.

I love Rochester, and I'm hoping the community will discover how cozy and dashing felted hats are...and felted tunics and shawls - and how lovely nuno felted wallets can be...and I hope they love surface design - like dyeing with indigo, and botanical dyeing...etc.

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About RainasTextileHouse

Sales 178
On Etsy since 2012

Currently: HATS

I find that I need to make things, everyday if possible. Making things is a way for me to process all the stimulus from the world, a practice of alchemy from all that's there.

I'm interested in the saying "Everything is Everything" like there are little parts of things that recombine all over the place in new and different ways, and that we all collude in this process - and when we are creative we are engaging in a kind of call and response with this phenomenon, Everything is Everything. Your sari is now my scarf, and your brother is my son's teacher, and that chair upholstery was gold, and covered in plastic, and now it looks like it came off a moonstruck steamboat in New Orleans. All things are changed by their relation-- just like words take meaning from each other, they slant and remix and under this relative pressure-- creative attention makes things do and mean new things.

And HATS! To back track a little...one reason I love felting is that it's a mutual process, like with clay or woodcarving, it helps to be sensitive to the material (in this case the wool) and allow the medium to inform and influence the piece (as opposed to merely imposing my self all over it - I try to work with it).

And HATS! When I listen their lovely humor speaks, and their character comes alive.

I really enjoy watching people before they try on a hat, and then their transformation once they put it on. Simply wearing a hat gives people a license to be a bit more performative, to have a bit more confidence and some healthy attitude.

I'm adding great quotes about hats to my listings, I hope you enjoy them as I do!

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  • Kim Nelson

    Owner, Felter, Designer, Maker...

    I'm happy when I am making something, and sometimes enthralled. It's pretty much a one woman show, though I could never do it without my son - and my beautiful dog Raina. I am grateful for their inspiration.

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Last updated on Jul 23, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I'm happy to make a hat that will fit you well! If you measure your head just above your eyebrows and tell me your head- size, I can tailor your hat to your needs (unless it is already made!) . All of my hats have a milliner's casing with a ribbon inside the headband (on the inside of the hat). There is a bow in the back of the hat (inside) that can be tied tighter or loosened to fit you perfectly. Hat sizes are generally around 22-23 inches...if your head deviates wildly from that size, I will make a hat especially for you!

Custom orders cannot be exchanged or returned, however, due to the personalization of the product.

Sizing details

It is very helpful to have accurate measurements to work with.
For hats simply measure around your head, just above your eyebrows.

Please send me a note with the purchase, or in a conversation with any questions regarding measurements or sizing.

Care instructions

In general I wash textiles in lukewarm water with mild dishwashing soap, such as Dawn - because it is ph neutral, and very mild.

For hats! I only advise spot cleaning. If your hat gets absolutely soaked, and needs to be re-blocked, you can send it to me and I'll re-block it for $25.00.

I've always worn hats in light rain - but they won't survive pouring rain.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I'd be very happy to gift wrap any item in a glorious manner for your special plan...just let me know.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale is challenging for items made one at a time. If you are interested in discussing larger orders, please send me a conversation.