susan vale

my hat box collection

Hats need hat boxes and nice hats deserve nice boxes. With each new hat I usually acquired a new hat box - small, medium, large, most of them elegantly plain. Once the number of boxes had grown into double figures, I needed to differentiate one from another and pretty them up a bit, so I began to collect sheets and sheets of any gift wrap that took my fancy, and end rolls of wallpaper that I liked the look of.

Soon my spare time was filled with deconstructing hat boxes, mixing wallpaper paste, cutting and sticking, nipping and tucking, transforming them into beautiful boxes worthy of their contents. I also collected a few lovely hat boxes that needed no additional embellishment.

Click on the image below to see a few of the sixty-four hat boxes in my collection.

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