Susan Widlake
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July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Cambridge Open Studios 2021
textiles, millinery, Hat making
Bespoke and ready to wear hats and headpieces handcrafted from silk, felt, straw and leather. Each piece is created to suit the wearer's personality
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Milliner at workI started my millinery journey in 2009, at a hat making taster course at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Since then I have taken many courses over the years. 

I’m an IT auditor by training, and was really fortunate to be able to travel the world with my job. Since discovering hat making, I packed a sewing kit along with my business attire. I’ve made felt hats on Eurostar, silk flowers in Zagreb, and folded ribbon rosettes on a plane, sitting next to the voice of Spongebob Squarepants.

At the end of 2018 I hung up my corporate hat, came back to the UK, and turned my passion into a business. I now make hats at my home studio, a windmill, just outside Saffron Walden on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border. Hence the name Mill House Millinery

My hats are named after places and locations that have captured my imagination. I love to incorporate local silk, woven in Sudbury in Suffolk in my designs, and my millinery wire comes from Great Dunmow in Essex.  A case of inspired globally and created locally!