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Brianna on Jan 3, 20225 out of 5 stars
I bought this as a gift for somebody, and I'm sure they're going to love it! I opened it to make sure nothing was broken and that it all looked okay. The tip of the tail got broken off but other than that, it was perfect!
Catherine on Dec 30, 20215 out of 5 stars
Karen does such fantastic work. I have several of her witches hats and this was my first Christmas head band. I received lots of compliments at the witches tea for my hats and the Christmas headband at all the parties. Karen’s work is very well done and high quality of materials.
Peggy on Dec 18, 20215 out of 5 stars
Most pleased with this fascinator. Is prettier than the picture. My daughter will love it. And no problems whatsoever with anything.
Heather on Dec 6, 20215 out of 5 stars
Lovely headpiece! Thank you so much!
kolosickl on Dec 5, 20215 out of 5 stars
Very happy with my purchase and it arrived sooner than I expected!
jennifkar on Dec 3, 20215 out of 5 stars
Came out of the box, and on top of my head. Love it! Beautiful in person and shipped super-fast.
kathycel on Nov 16, 20215 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous. My mother in law loves it!!!
Julie on Oct 7, 20215 out of 5 stars
As always, it is an incredible work of art. I order one from her every year, and collect them.
Leslie on Sep 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
The quality, the workmanship, the artistry are all amazing! But on top of all that, this artist’s whimsy, selection of materials and creativity are what keep me buying these beautiful hats year after year!
Pamela on Aug 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
Her quality for the witches hat beautiful.. will c her in st Clair.
The desire to be creative and the passion to create.
The Victorian Witch Hat
By Karen S Steinkraus
Barbie. My first doll. Creating her clothes using paper napkins I fell in love with sewing. Since then, sewing and creating art has been a part of my life. My specialty is creating costumes without patterns, challenging me to be more creative.
Through the years I have sewn for high school, college and community plays. Eventually, I landed a gig sewing for a professional theater group. I created costumes for the stage play “My Brother Marvin”, which went nation wide in 2013.
While making hats for the stage play “Hello Dolly”. I thought about creating a witch hat in that same Victorian style and for the past 10 years, I have focused on creating handmade ruched/sculpted Heirloom Victorian Witch Hats, selling them exclusively on Etsy.
Wanting to reach a larger audience, I started displaying my creations at fine art and craft shows across Michigan. Michigan is my home! The local shows are a great way to connect with Michiganders.
It takes 4-6 hours just to ruche or sculpt the hat, and 10 plus hours to complete a hat.
When I can find them, I use 1800’s Victorian materials, along with vintage silk & designer fabrics.
My signature look is the ruching and the stem at the top of each hat. Some hats have a real pumpkin or squash stem sticking out.
Once the hat is sculpted, the trimming begins. On go the hatband and buckle. Victorian trims and buckles, vintage brooches and velvet ribbons complete the trim. Each hat is trimmed for a distinct look.
On some of the more exotic hats, Victorian and vintage millinery are used as well as feathers from ostrich, peacock, wild turkey, pheasant and emu. Some have items found in nature including moss, animal bones, dried foliage and flower pods. For a more authentic Victorian look, some hats support taxidermy birds and mice.
For the fascinator lover, a mini version has also been created. They are the same high quality as the larger version. They come with their own hat stand and can be worn or displayed.
As I did my own taxidermy, I found that the cute little mice could put on a show of their own. So, I transformed them into anthropomorphic mice, posing as hockey players, musicians, and other curious characters.
Owner, Designer, Creator
Art has always been a part of me, and my life. Aside from my love for drawing and fine arts, I have been a hat maker and costume designer for theater companies for over 15 years. The beauty of the natural world is what inspires me when I create.
...A note from Karen: I couldn't do what I do without the help of a loving and supportive husband! Thank you Michael!
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