Mad Hattie

Hats, Vintage and Jazz

Mad Hattie

I am Mad Hattie, AKA Norma Miles, 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 am looking forward to starting my City and Guilds millinery course later this year.

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 Garden
I am part of the Border Textile Group and trade from my website and my new shop within Artique 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.



  • I'm not a hat person and I didn't think I'd even find a fascinator I'd suit. I was so lucky to meet Mad Hattie at Serendipity as she helped me to find a style which looks good and can be made to match all the colours of the outfit I have for my grandaughter's wedding.

    G. Bates

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