ThistleCottageStudio

THISTLE COTTAGE STUDIO

Pawtucket, Rhode Island · 336 Sales

ThistleCottageStudio

THISTLE COTTAGE STUDIO

Pawtucket, Rhode Island 336 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(156)

Announcement   Welcome to Thistle Cottage Studio!!
New England is so glorious in the fall!! Leaves turn vibrantly warm colors, as if saying goodbye to summer. A new crisp air creeps in, as are new ideas for my Fall 2016 Collection!! As I take a new look at my vast inventory of wools, cashmeres, Italian boucle's and luscious wool tartans, I am newly inspired to revisit some classic cut & sew hats, in styles suitable for everyday wear, at affordable prices. Always made by hand, and wired for durability.
I am also excited to be researching past eras of hat fashions, to see how they can be updated, and made relevant to current fashion trends, yet, still be faithful to their period in millinery history!! Hat shapes of the 1930's are of particular interest to me this season, and can easily be updated and still retain the glamour of the era for today's woman.
I have also been squirreling a collection of beautiful linens, rayons/linen blends, and have decided to offer these as loose cut dresses, pants, skirts and tunics, that are machine washable and preshrunk before I cut them.
If you love the Lagen look, and Japanese inspired shapes, stay tuned!!! Fabulous, wearable pieces coming soon, and affordable too!!!

Our NEW sister store Oak Hill Vintage is now open!!! Lots of new treasures being added each week!! Stop by for a browse and let me know what you think!!!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OakHillVintageEtc?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Many thanks to all my loyal customers, and newbies too!!
This November marks the Anniversary of our 8th year here on Etsy, and it's been such fun!!! I'd like to take this time to thank you all who have purchased my work, be it hats, clothing or accessories.
I have decided to close my second Etsy shop, Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery, and bring all of those hats back to this shop. OMCM will still be the official label on all of my hats.
As I've been incubating a new idea for that second shop, it is time to put that idea into action. The new shop, Oak Hill Vintage, will carry vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage hats, reproduction clothing of many eras, including the 1920's, and vintage finds to feather your nest at home!!
I also plan on designing some decorator pillows with my vast collection of textiles, and those will carry my new label, Comfort & Joy Home.

Many thanks to all who have purchased my work over the years. I hope you've all loved your purchases and are still enjoying them!! I welcome any notes from you on this!!! As part of the Etsy process, feedback is so important. If ever you are not happy for any reason with your purchase, please convo me first to repair the problem before leaving negative feedback, as it is irreversible!! I have worked very hard to build a positive reputation and stellar customer service, as you will see in my feedback, which I encourage you to read! Recently, I received this lovely message from one of my most loyal customers , and just had to share it. She's just a little partial, so I hope you can appreciate this:

"Hey Elsie,
Just for the heck of it I went on ETSY and searched hand blocked hats. There were 347 on 9 pages. None of them hold a candle to you. The designs weren’t original and/or they weren’t well made, but just cobbled together. You are the BEST at what you do.
Thanks for letting me in on it.
Hugs, Paula"

A slideshow of OMCM hats here, courtesy of HatAcademy. Enjoy!!
http://hatacademy.com/photo/albums/orsini-medici-couture-millinery-for-thistle-cottage-studio ( you will need to copy and paste this web address to your browser to view the slide show)

BLOGPOST:
Graci mille!! Or, a million thank yous to my dear friend, and fellow Etsyian, MCatherine of Hide a Heart, for posting her interview with me on her blog. Check out her Etsy shop too, for a most unique way to spread your love to those you care about!!!
Here's the link to that new blogpost/interview, about what inspires my creations, and
the story of my new brand, Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery!! Please remember to leave your comments!! (Please copy and paste to your browser).
https://hideaheart.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/thistle-cottage-studio/#comment-1008

Gift Certificates are also now available in any denomination.

If you love fine handmade millinery, unique hand knitted and crocheted pieces, shabby chic, cottage-style, all things charming and romantic, a nod to the UK, ethnic, period and historically inspired fashion, repurposed collectibles, upcycled/recycled jewelry, and even Italian Renaissance masks, then I think you will enjoy what you see here. Ideas come fast and furious, leaving me no time to rest between projects. Like spores and tendrils from the numerous lush ferns growing in my studio, new ideas take root from one to the next, in an endless evolving cycle of creativity. Several projects are often in progress at the same time. So many ideas, so little time!! Stop in often, you never know what you'll see next!! Thanks so much for browsing!!!

THISTLE COTTAGE STUDIO (ORSINI~MEDICI COUTURE MILLINERY)
and OAKHILL VINTAGE

" It's OK to wear a hat!!!"
Hats off to you!!

This article, including my Victorian Mourning Hat, along with a beautiful Victorian Mourning Gown by Christine Hall Designs (also on ETSY), made it to the front page of Etsy's blog, The Storque. If you'd like to read it, simply click on the live link below. If it is not a live link at some point in the future, copy and paste it to your browser, and go. Enjoy!! Please remember to leave your comment!!
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/the-milliners-of-etsy-challenge-11337/?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=blog+post&utm_content=etsy_teams_122010&utm_campaign=etsy_teams_12201

For sneak peeks behind the scenes of new projects on the cutting tables, even before I upload them in my ETSY shop, stop in and follow Thistle Cottage Studio's blog by copying and pasting this link to your browser:
http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/thistle.cottage.studio.401-231-4343

Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, HatAcademy.com, Flickr, threadsmagazine.com, craftstylish.com, blogger.com, Kaboodle.com, and Stumbleupon.com
To subscribe to this shops' RSS FEED, and stay informed each time a new item is listed, please copy and paste this link to your browser:
feed://www.etsy.com/shop/orsinimedici1951/rss

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 16, 2016

Welcome to Thistle Cottage Studio!!
New England is so glorious in the fall!! Leaves turn vibrantly warm colors, as if saying goodbye to summer. A new crisp air creeps in, as are new ideas for my Fall 2016 Collection!! As I take a new look at my vast inventory of wools, cashmeres, Italian boucle's and luscious wool tartans, I am newly inspired to revisit some classic cut & sew hats, in styles suitable for everyday wear, at affordable prices. Always made by hand, and wired for durability.
I am also excited to be researching past eras of hat fashions, to see how they can be updated, and made relevant to current fashion trends, yet, still be faithful to their period in millinery history!! Hat shapes of the 1930's are of particular interest to me this season, and can easily be updated and still retain the glamour of the era for today's woman.
I have also been squirreling a collection of beautiful linens, rayons/linen blends, and have decided to offer these as loose cut dresses, pants, skirts and tunics, that are machine washable and preshrunk before I cut them.
If you love the Lagen look, and Japanese inspired shapes, stay tuned!!! Fabulous, wearable pieces coming soon, and affordable too!!!

Our NEW sister store Oak Hill Vintage is now open!!! Lots of new treasures being added each week!! Stop by for a browse and let me know what you think!!!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OakHillVintageEtc?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Many thanks to all my loyal customers, and newbies too!!
This November marks the Anniversary of our 8th year here on Etsy, and it's been such fun!!! I'd like to take this time to thank you all who have purchased my work, be it hats, clothing or accessories.
I have decided to close my second Etsy shop, Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery, and bring all of those hats back to this shop. OMCM will still be the official label on all of my hats.
As I've been incubating a new idea for that second shop, it is time to put that idea into action. The new shop, Oak Hill Vintage, will carry vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage hats, reproduction clothing of many eras, including the 1920's, and vintage finds to feather your nest at home!!
I also plan on designing some decorator pillows with my vast collection of textiles, and those will carry my new label, Comfort & Joy Home.

Many thanks to all who have purchased my work over the years. I hope you've all loved your purchases and are still enjoying them!! I welcome any notes from you on this!!! As part of the Etsy process, feedback is so important. If ever you are not happy for any reason with your purchase, please convo me first to repair the problem before leaving negative feedback, as it is irreversible!! I have worked very hard to build a positive reputation and stellar customer service, as you will see in my feedback, which I encourage you to read! Recently, I received this lovely message from one of my most loyal customers , and just had to share it. She's just a little partial, so I hope you can appreciate this:

"Hey Elsie,
Just for the heck of it I went on ETSY and searched hand blocked hats. There were 347 on 9 pages. None of them hold a candle to you. The designs weren’t original and/or they weren’t well made, but just cobbled together. You are the BEST at what you do.
Thanks for letting me in on it.
Hugs, Paula"

A slideshow of OMCM hats here, courtesy of HatAcademy. Enjoy!!
http://hatacademy.com/photo/albums/orsini-medici-couture-millinery-for-thistle-cottage-studio ( you will need to copy and paste this web address to your browser to view the slide show)

BLOGPOST:
Graci mille!! Or, a million thank yous to my dear friend, and fellow Etsyian, MCatherine of Hide a Heart, for posting her interview with me on her blog. Check out her Etsy shop too, for a most unique way to spread your love to those you care about!!!
Here's the link to that new blogpost/interview, about what inspires my creations, and
the story of my new brand, Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery!! Please remember to leave your comments!! (Please copy and paste to your browser).
https://hideaheart.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/thistle-cottage-studio/#comment-1008

Gift Certificates are also now available in any denomination.

If you love fine handmade millinery, unique hand knitted and crocheted pieces, shabby chic, cottage-style, all things charming and romantic, a nod to the UK, ethnic, period and historically inspired fashion, repurposed collectibles, upcycled/recycled jewelry, and even Italian Renaissance masks, then I think you will enjoy what you see here. Ideas come fast and furious, leaving me no time to rest between projects. Like spores and tendrils from the numerous lush ferns growing in my studio, new ideas take root from one to the next, in an endless evolving cycle of creativity. Several projects are often in progress at the same time. So many ideas, so little time!! Stop in often, you never know what you'll see next!! Thanks so much for browsing!!!

THISTLE COTTAGE STUDIO (ORSINI~MEDICI COUTURE MILLINERY)
and OAKHILL VINTAGE

" It's OK to wear a hat!!!"
Hats off to you!!

This article, including my Victorian Mourning Hat, along with a beautiful Victorian Mourning Gown by Christine Hall Designs (also on ETSY), made it to the front page of Etsy's blog, The Storque. If you'd like to read it, simply click on the live link below. If it is not a live link at some point in the future, copy and paste it to your browser, and go. Enjoy!! Please remember to leave your comment!!
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/the-milliners-of-etsy-challenge-11337/?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=blog+post&utm_content=etsy_teams_122010&utm_campaign=etsy_teams_12201

For sneak peeks behind the scenes of new projects on the cutting tables, even before I upload them in my ETSY shop, stop in and follow Thistle Cottage Studio's blog by copying and pasting this link to your browser:
http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/thistle.cottage.studio.401-231-4343

Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, HatAcademy.com, Flickr, threadsmagazine.com, craftstylish.com, blogger.com, Kaboodle.com, and Stumbleupon.com
To subscribe to this shops' RSS FEED, and stay informed each time a new item is listed, please copy and paste this link to your browser:
feed://www.etsy.com/shop/orsinimedici1951/rss

Elsie Collins

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Elsie Collins

1930's Percher Hat with Sculpted Flowers
$188.00
1930's Sculpted Percher Hat with Vintage Buckle
$158.00
1930's Sculpted Percher Hat with Vintage Button
$158.00
1930's Sculpted Toque with Jet Buttons
$168.00
The Highland Collection 2016/ Inverness
$175.00
The Highland Collection 2016/ Dundee
$175.00
The Highland Collection 2016/ Glamis
$175.00
The Highland Collection 2016/ Grampian
$175.00
The Highland Collection 2016/ Glenlivet
$175.00
The Highland Collection/ Findhorn
$175.00
The Highland Collection/ Paisley
$175.00
Mary Queen of Scots Collection/Holyrood Palace
$288.00
Two Toned Ladies Bowler with Art Nouveau Buckle
$225.00
Balmoral Scottish Dragoon Faux Fur Hat
$225.00
Kensington Cloche
$288.00
Tartan Take Out Pillbox Hat
$124.00
Asymmetrical Bowler with Art Deco Buckle
$258.00
Lady Mary's English Riding Hat
$225.00
English Country Cloche/ Olive
$278.00
Victorian Boater with Feather Flower
$278.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(156)
Bonnie Lugosch

Bonnie Lugosch on Jul 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I finally bought this hat after months of admiring the photo of it. Elsie made the hat to order for me, shipped it promptly and it arrived in perfect condition. I love it so much! At once rakish and adorable. I am very happy with this purchase!

Nicole McTaggart

Nicole McTaggart on Jul 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is the best faux fur item I'm ever purchased. Even though the ready-made size was slightly too big for me, there was no problem having it adjusted before the hat was posted. Shipped to Australia in 2 weeks.

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About

Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery for Thistle Cottage Studio: Where creativity flows like the waterfall in our backyard!!

I began Thistle Cottage Studio nearly 8 yrs. ago on Etsy, and have been delighted with it ever since. Etsy has given me a creative outlet, and has made my work accessible worldwide. Since then, my clothing and hats have traveled all over the globe. They have found homes all across the USA and Canada, and are living exciting lives in England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany, and Greece, as well as Finland, Norway, Sweden, and as far away as Australia, Malaysia, and China. I have also been lucky enough to meet people who have offered me new paths in which to apply my millinery skills. Soon to be published in the spring of 2015, are two romantic novels on which my hats and costumes were used for the covers.
I live vicariously through my hats!! They have taken on a life all their own, and I now include my new label Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery in each one, in honor of my late, dear mother and grandfather, who passed their incredibly historic DNA on to me. Our family crest is now my new logo, with the addition of top hats on the bears!! (just couldn't resist!!). The Orsini name (meaning little bear!!) can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance, where the Orsini and Medici families ruled all of Tuscany for over 400 years. My grandfather was a descendant of Clarice Orsini, who married Lorenzo de Medici in the late 1400's.
Our historic, cozy new studio is just minutes from the Blackstone River in historic Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is the largest studio yet. At just over 1,200 sq. ft. students from out of state have the convenience and the option of B&B-ing with us, for less than staying in a hotel!! Gourmet meals are served, as I love to cook as well!!!
Those interested in on demand millinery classes can email me at orsinimedicicouturemillinery [!at] gmail.com.
HAPPY FALL/WINTER!!!!

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  • Orsini~Medici Couture Millinery

    Designer, Owner/designer, Milliner, Teacher. I Wear Every Hat In This Business!!

    I am an award winning apparel/costume designer, milliner, and teacher. My work has been recognised by the RI State Council on the Arts. With 40+ yrs. in dressmaking as a shop owner, and 20+ yrs. in the theater, millinery has been an easy transition.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 14, 2016
I am predominantly a textile artist. I am happiest when I am immersed in the creative process, and have more than one project going at a time. So many ideas, so little time. I am committed to producing the most beautiful quality pieces I can, and am always challenging myself to raise the standard as time goes on. I am a consumate collector and always looking for new, interesting and beautiful things to incorporate into my work. My inspiration comes from many sources. I love the Italian Renaissance period, the English countryside, the Cotswolds, castles, Scotland, antiques, European history, classic literature, period and vintage clothing, and of course, hats!!! If you love shabby chic, cottage style, and all things romantic, keep an eye on my shop. I'm always dreaming up, making, and finding beautiful things to feather your cozy nest!!

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Returns policy: Item(s) purchased may be returned for any reason within 2 weeks of purchase date, for a merchandise credit ONLY!! No exceptions. Customer pays return shipping. Merchandise credit will be issued when merchandise is received in the same condition as when it was delivered. Merchandise returns must be sent back in the same box, and with the same packing as when shipped. Worn, soiled, or damaged merchandise will not be accepted for merchandise credit.
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