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I have to tell you that my husband loves your hoods. We do a lot of wet felting, so could make our own, but yours are so much easier to work with and have a great finish! Erin
I just wanted to say that finding a packing slip tucked inside my white and ivory sinamay order from Leko Sandra with the phrase "Happiness Granted" printed boldly at the top, absolutely made my day go from meh to stellar. Thanks for the cheer! Hallie
I love her newsletters too! They always make me smile -)  Alisha
Agreed!  Dominique
I sure have been enjoying your tutorials....keep them coming.   Have a super day, Trish

The origins of the phrase "I'll eat my hat."

The leftover pieces of pork and beef that are generally considered either not edible or really awful, used to be made into a kind of stew called "hatte." When a person was really, REALLY sure of something they would state it and if ... not correct would agree to eat the "hatte."

Thank you!  Yvette
Thank you very much for this. Much appreciated. Hazel
Thanks I'm just getting started and need supplies I can afford.  Neal
YOU ROCK! You are the Magic Hat Goddess spreading love and positive truth. Thanks!!  K.T.
Thank you! Also thanks for the Grosgrain book. I enjoyed it and it was very easy to read. Susan

Bring on more secret milliner power!!! "Was I fun before the hat?" Chicken...egg...chicken...egg... Thank you this made my day!! Anne in Chicago

"Here is a GIFT for you... no strings attached"
Thank you for thinking of me. I love the book!!! André
Thank you!   Monika
Thanks for the book! Hope you've had a great year! Angela
Thank you so much! Linda
Thank you so very much. This is terrific. Camilla
YOU are KOOL TOO! Have a GREAT ONE! Gwendolyn
Thank you Leko, YOU rock!!!!!! Tracy
Thank you so much. This will definitely be a treasure to keep. Debbie
Thanks for the gift.... it will definitely come in handy for my future hat projects! Love the website too! Ken
Thank you!! Such a real little read that was... :)
I just wanted to say thank you very much for the free ebook - very much appreciated!! Cheers Emma
Thank you so much Sandra!!  Very wonderful.  I will be ordering some proper grosgrain from you in the near future!!    XO Elsie
Thank you, Leko, I'll share that with my students, Sandy/Allyns
Thank you so  much your gift.     Alma
Thank you so much for this book! You are kind to share this information. Since I started making hats on my own, I have had many questions and very few people want to share information so I truly appreciate your generosity! My Best to you, Marlys
Thank you very much for the book! Vestifica
Thank you, I can't wait to read it.  Katie
Thank you so much for the free book. I haven't even read past page 6 and have learned so much. Susan
Thank you for the free copy of Hat Making Volume One.  It couldn't have been timed more perfectly. I have just blocked my first three cloches and have begun the process of blanket stitching the wire to the rim.  I was planning to have the grosgrain on tomorrow -- PERFECT!

My husband connected me to your sight after researching materials for the blocks he purchased this last month . . . I am enjoying making hats so much that I hear he is now looking for a "12 Step Program" for people who can't get enough and sit up nights shopping through hat supply catalogs.  I already had an order made up before your e-mail arrived.  Thank you again.  Nancy
Thanks for the gift. Ready to use some of the tips today. Thank You.  Deborah
"More Secret Milliner Powers: Travel Hat-'I-Can"-tation + how to claim your powers to fly"
This was SO good!!! That you for sending this out and giving us a smile and some help/history and ideas!!! I think that's what I needed - Holy water and some good JuJu!!! Hats will just fly out now! heheeh
I Love this site - it brings back memories from 55 years ago when I made hats in Soho, London - I still recall many of the hats I made for Debenhams, Harrods, Selfridges, Galeries LaFayette. I started making hats again this year but lost my job through company closure, but when I see your website it spurs me on to maybe make some and try to sell them. Here in California no one wears hats unfortunately, so don't think my business would ever grow too much in design hats,  just berets and soft hats. Thank you for sharing all of your pictures with everyone.
Thank you for the speedy response - was not expecting it, and that's why I love your site. I am thinking of making vintage hats to start - I know of a couple of stores near me selling vintage clothing - also thank you for the information re the Millinery Guild in LA. I will research and I promise not to give up - yet!
Promise!!! Jac
Very informative, thanks. Jaime
Thank you! This is wonderful. Mary
Thank you LEKO~ What a great way to start the day with a smile and KNOWLEDGE!!! :-) XOXO
AWESOME!!!!!!   Sew kind of you to share!!!   XOXOXOXXOXOOX2U
Thank you Sandra.....I had a dream last night about making one of these hats....AND here you are!!!!!!   Great....thanks for your help................T.
This is one of my favorite emails that I have ever received! The last thing that I read before opening this was writings by my dear friend, Jen Frances, The Blessing Maven. She writes about the ritual in all things, and the divineness in each and every one of us. Thanks so much for all that you do! Blessings, Fielden
Hat's very im"press"ive! Steams to be a very comfy hat.  Michael
They won't ever MAKE YOU EAT YOUR HAT AGAIN + the Art of Alchemy!
Thank you for your emails!  I read every one and tonight you helped me through a difficult day.
Wow!! This couldn't have come at a better time!!! Thank you SO much for taking the time to send these out!!! It's SO nice to have a milliner mentor!! You are the best!! Susan
Dear Leko,
I ordered hat materials from you a few months ago (for the first time.) Little did I know that I would be receiving your occasional updates, ruminations and meditations! I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate these messages from you! With kind regards and best wishes, Valeska
Thank you,  I needed to read that.   I'm working to be more positive.
Thank you. Lisa

I have been enjoying your letters but this one is FANTASTIC. This past Spring my Nemesis caused me to lose my job. I went into a deep depression but with the help of family and some meds I am doing better now. This e-mail describes EXACTLY how to combat what happened to me and what is (unfortunately) happening to many others. When the economy gets bad and money gets tight the mean people survive on the backs of the kind people -- and this letter shows us how to STOP IT. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I look forward to the next letter :)

Ms. Sandra .. Thank you so much.. I needed this especially now when I am in full gear moving into being my positive self again. I am once again discovering how joyous life can be when you get the power to stop the negativity. I have had to deal with my traumatic pains in a more creative way. I have a story to tell and would hope it would help others at my strongest point in life I know it shall be necessary. I guess I ate my hat before but not anymore... thanks for the lesson.. Jackie
Sandra, This is very nice. Thanks for sending it. Happy New Year! I will be positive this year...
Leko-  Thanks so much for the e-mail!  I just eat my hat with a "friend".  I sure needed the encouragement!!!  --Nina
Thank you for your kindness!! I am so enjoying being a newbie to your site and I must say you are an incredible inspiration! Thanks!!Marie French-Thanks for letting me be a part of your world!
Sandra--that was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much for your email. I am going through something  like this with a client..finally needed to put my foot down with them and take care of myself rather than them thinking they make decisions for my business. I'm going to save your list.  Linda
Dear Leko, I love your mail.  The alchemy you describe is what I am doing. You make it all fit in. I had the same thing happen in our family business and it really has attracted all sorts of things. I just know that it happened for good. All of the situations surrounding this incident happened for good and all I know is that Divine Love goes before us to make a way.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You are wonderful and I am so grateful. All my love to you and to your art, Sarah
I'm completely in love with my new superpowers since I have recently started to make hats! I purchased a tricorn and a couple other buckrams a while back and having a blast tinkering. I'm so happy I found your website and I adore you humor!
Thank you, I'm so sorry I wasn't paying that much attention when I ordered. Maybe I'm still a pretty greenie! I will stock up and yes if you had any instruction on how to create your own domed pillboxes, I probably will need to mull that one over before attempting. Thank god for Leko the Queen of cool hat info. Probably will see an order from me in the coming weeks.
IT'S ALL TRUE!!!  Thanks again Leko. xo
Awesome!!! I will wear my hat proudly ;)
Words alone could never thank enough for these inspiring and often very informative emails!!!    I am a struggling retailer/designer - a real live corporate reject from financial planning to fashion - who got my 'big' start by creating from your pillbox and skull cap bases!
Thanks for the words of wisdom!  Barbara
I love your emails.  LOL. E
I am so very grateful that I started buying from you. You're like a big smiling cup of "You can do it and the universe will love it". THANKS!  Sending you back lots of love and light :) K.T.
You are so awesome to send this! Last year at this time I had not even made my first hat--for that matter I didn't even know I was going to WANT to make a hat! Now I dream of hats, and making silk flowers. I have not taken a class. I just dove in, not that I would not love to take a class. I would, but I can't wait...I have to do it now. And I am:). Thank you for your enthusiasm and good vibes.
Thank you for sending that today it really did help.  Derrick

Whenever I am cycling through some energy of self-doubt, I pull up these emails and they ALWAYS help me to summon my creative Goddess and shine out magnetic rays of light and love. I just want to thank you so much for that gift. Your positive support and wise encouragement are so appreciated.  In gratitude, Fielden

Well said! Thank you!!   "Create a compelling future...every hat carries within it MAGIC. Claim the energy that is imbued into the hat when it was crafted."  Bill
This was a truly magical and fun tutorial. Thank you for starting my morning creativity. Kimbery
Thank you, I appreciate your generosity. Arlene
Thank you for that Sandra!  Very fun.   Jodyne
NICE ONE Leko. Loved this creation with just veiling! Going into my binder and will try it. Thanks Millie
Hello, I loved my newest letter from you!!!!  Thank you for taking the time to make it.  I am so touched!  I have a question, I have been making art quilts since 1989 and I have had at least 25 shows since I started.  I have fallen hard for hat making.  I have such a good feeling about it.  I will be 50 this year and I can see myself making it a goal to someday master hat making.  I love the sculpture aspect of it.  I love to dye and have already dyed 3 lbs. of emu feathers.   AM I Crazy or having a "Mid-Life Crisis"??  My mother who I am very close to is not in good health and the sad thing is I don't have a daughter to hang out with although, I can borrow other peoples kids.  What do you think?  I know you are not a shrink. I am such a open person I don't mind if you post question and your answer publicly. Thank you and warmest regards, Holly

Holly, You don’t need to worry. You give everything the meaning it has. So it doesn't matter where the energy comes from. What matters is that you are using it in a creative way that brings value to yourself and to others. But if I were writing your story I would change it to something like:
All my years of experience have brought me to this moment when I am ready to express myself out in the world and become all that I can be! You can rewrite it to better suit you.  Just saying...
Thanks Leko!  Your rendision of this materpiece is great.  Including your sense of humor made it even more enjoyable.  I always like to receive your emails and know whats going on in the "hat world".  Happy New Year to you and may 2012 be the best year ever!  Regards, Fay
Thank you Sandra............love your thoughts............took a long time for me to learn but finally is better than never............... Trish
Again, a home run~thank you so much!!!!!!! Great timing too................. Sending hugs, Trish
"Millinery Secret, How to Profit with no risk!"
THANK YOU!!!! I just placed an order. Merry Christmas to me.   xo
Good evening. My goods have just arrived and they are just beautiful. Perfect condition and excellent quality. The antique French veiling is absolutely gorgeous. I will definitely be ordering more in the near future. Many thanks. Kind regards, Jannette & John
Hi Leko, a note to say you have indeed granted happiness today with the very prompt arrival of my latest order. Love the navy French veiling with hearts, oh yum! Hope your week is grand. Many thanks.  Rose x.
"I'm Blest to Share with you for the Holiday's"
Thanks Leko, super pictures! I like Leko, the hats and the photos; I like Steve and his Apple!!
Cirque du Soleil
Thank you and the best to you and yours as well.  Steve
Thank you ............Ms Leko.....I truly needed to hear that this moment!!! With love to you.......one of your tiny accts!!!! Cori
Wishing you Happy Holidays Leko to you and yours. Thank you for being so easy to do business with, always patient with questions and immediate with sending orders. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I hope for you it pays off in many ways. Cheers and joy, Goldie
"A Gift for you: holiday tips"

Supper, thanks Leko.  Happy Thanksgiving!

"A Gift for you: Boater Tutorial"
Thanks for that, Sandra. You look really beautiful with your shining hair. Anna
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Ms. Sandy and company. Thanks for the lesson I shall definitely make one. By the way you are just glam. Jackie
LOVE this!!!! Hope you are having a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!!! Susan
Thanks for that and greetings from New Zealand :) Monika

Hi Leko, a note to wish you and your fabulous team a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have been giving thanks to you in the past few weeks for the inspiring  words and very helpful tutorials you have been sending out to us. A note to confirm how helpful  I have found them. I work on my own in my little hat business from our farm in Western Australia so a little encouragement and knowledge from afar is perhaps more appreciated than you might realize. Kind regards, Rose ox

Thank you very much. what kind of iron were you using? I couldn't find it in your list. Maggi
It’s a Rowenta Travel Iron. Thanks for asking. You are very welcome. Leko
Thanks for the great tutorials.  Kathy
Hi Sandra, I am...finally....beginning to actually "make" hats.....yayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I saw your email about the tutorials and I was very excited. This one is awesome..........thank you very much. I have been looking for a mentor here in Denver with no luck so You Tube, tutorials are my best friends right now. I will order hat bodies next week. Exciting..........I will, as always, count on you to steer me in the right direction. Hats in Denver consist of baseball caps, cowboy hats but mostly some sort of fleece. But, I will make them for me............ Thanks Sandra..........Trish
Thank you that was great I can't believe there were no blocks used I'm definitely going to give this a try.   Thanks, Narelle
Another gift for you: Madhatter Tutorial
Hello lovely lady. Thanks for the tutorial - much appreciated!! p.s. - Has anyone ever mentioned that you look a bit like Helen Mirren :)  Greetings from NZ. Monika
That is wonderful, thank you Leko. I am very much “wedded” to the blocking technique and both this tute and the boater one show me another way of doing things.  Rose

Wonderful,  Thank you!   Mary

Thank you so much for the two new tutorials you emailed...they are great. As I said earlier, I am finally getting "in" to doing what I have wanted to do----in a different way that is---for quite some time. The tutorials spur me on even more......
Thanks again!  Barbara
Thank you so much for the email and tutorial i love them. I also love hats i love wearing them .I would love to learn how to make them  . I don't know where to buy supplies for them and i would love step my step instructions on how to make them. I sew my own clothes  and can't find the right hat most of the time. i'm crazy in love with the flapper style hats. that's what looks best  on me. I hope you would help me in my search.  Audrey
A Time for Giving... Classic Hat Tutorial

I really appreciate the tutorials, they are very helpful and I look forward to completing new projects. Thanks, Catherine

Thank you. This is really helpful! Shelly
Thank you :)   Monika
Thank you for always being so helpful, for all your tips to the novice hat maker and for sending me such lovely treats!  Have a wonderful new year!!!  Sincerely, Miko

Happy Holidays you can take to the bank!
Happy holidays to you too.  Thanks for all you do for us hat mavens.  More success to us all for 2012.  Blessings and love,  Illona
And Happy Holidays to you! Valeska
Thanks for the coupon! I hope to order a bit after Christmas. I like your outlook. Take Care be Safe always. Kathy
I just wanted to let you know that I received my order and am thrilled with everything! The box arrived quickly and the hats and velvet leaves are just lovely. I hope to do business with you again in the near future. Thanks again! With warm regards, Holly
Good Morning Sandra.  I want to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate and value our business relationship as well as our friendship.  Thank you so much for the encouragement and knowledge you so freely share to help us all be better milliners and individuals.  You are a pleasure to know.  Here's hoping your new year rocks!!!  Peace
Prosperity is yours, claim your Classic Hat tutorial
Thank you again, Sandra...........great tutorial. Easy to follow and very informative. Thanks so much! Trish
AHH good stuff.  Sharon
OH MY.  Thank you so much. I really needed the encouragement at this time. You are the best.
Thanks for giving back.  Sending lots of good your way. :) Irene


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