Mad Hattie

Hats, Vintage and Jazz


Let me introduce myself!  I am Mad Hattie, AKA Norma Arthur, and I initially studied at the Scottish College of Textiles and latterly at the former Wombourne School of Millinery. Having always enjoyed wearing hats, I was delighted to see a millinery course advertised and haven't looked back since. 

I have recently discovered that my mother's mother also had a millinery side-line and that my great grandfather on my father's side was descended from a long line of tailors, so it's lovely to be carrying on these traditional skills.

I usually find it's better not to have a set idea about how something will turn out but to try a variety of options during making and trimming until I'm satisfied with the effect. I am happy to work with my customers to achieve the most suitable millinery item or outfit for their needs.

View from Mad Hattie's Studio GardenI am part of the Border Textile Group and trade from my website and my shop in Amble.  I have formerly been part of the Serendipity artisans shop in Berwick, Opporchancity crafts co-operative in Kelso, and Crossing Borders.

I am privileged to live and work in beautiful  Northumberland, and recently moved from Berwick to Warkworth. 



  • Fancy a fascinator? If so, spend some time with Norma at one of her workshops. I had a fantastic day working with her. Norma is a great teacher and unbelievably patient. She offers loads of advice, but does not do your work for you. At the end of the day everyone's work will be their own and different from the person next to you. Thanks Norma, I had loads of fun and friends have admired my work.   



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