Mad Hattie

Hats, Vintage and Jazz

Mad Hattie

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. 



  • Earlier in the year I had the great pleasure to witness Norma working in her studio as part of the Crossing Borders festival. She had on display some amazing creations varying from the traditional wide-brimmed wedding hat to party fascinators, all of which Norma can tailor to meet her clients’ specific needs. Each hat has a wonderful quality and you can see the attention to detail with which each has been created. On meeting Norma you are immediately aware of her passion and eye for style, and her sense of fun. She provides a professional and very personable service in the surroundings of her purpose made studio. I must find an occasion to go to with one of her hats!

    Lisa Wakeford

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