Hats By Katrinka

Kate Brown Pernia is a Milliner on sabbatical in Switzerland. She has been designing hats and teaching millinery under her Katrinka label since the 1980s. Kate is also the founder of Houston Hat Net. View Katrinka hats and hat patterns at www.hatsbykatrinka.com.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Two Saturdays a year Forster Rohner, A.G., one of the Big Three St. Gallen embroidery companies, has a sale. Before getting ready for our friends’ wedding this Saturday Starr and I rushed over to spend an hour picking through the goods for samples of fabrics and embroidered laces. The first pieces we spotted were selling for 80 CHF per meter but as we roamed the room we found many more affordable bargains. I selected a denim colored finely woven Swiss cotton fabric for only 6 CHF/meter. It’s perfect for a summer dress next year. At the cutting table I was mentally calculating how much of this exquisite lace I could afford at 10 CHF when the saleslady told me the price was not per meter but for the whole bolt! Quickly rethinking our selections we were less stingy with ourselves. Each of us left with a shopping bag stuffed to the top with enough lace to keep us going until the next sale on April 28. In the meantime, I’d better get busy on that book I’ve promised with so much gorgeous inspiration. See www.forsterrohner.com .
K Q:-)

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