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Hat Travel TIPS

“Are your hats ‘packable’?” a frequent question from my customers… the answer is: “YES”

I construct all my natural fibre hats with a sturdy, reinforced fabric brim which can be folded and bent into many configurations for packing. This built-in resiliency helps it pop back into shape after being stored in a tote-bag or backpack while you’re on the road or in the air (or on water!).

All Rosehip sunhats and beach hats have a bendable nylon boning stitched right into the brim edge. This washable, super-strong material helps to retain the brim’s shape and angles you want while wearing, and is easily bent, rolled and/or folded when your hat is tucked away for travel. Bring it out to wear, and it snaps right back into place.

collage2 The hat pictured at LEFT is the perfect travel companion, which is why it’s called the ‘Traveller’. This versatile, classic style can take you many places – from the boat to the beach, from touring to the trail. The 10cm (4”) bias-edged brim can be worn turned up at a variety of face-flattering angles, or worn down when more sun protection is required.

Colour selection varies by season. Material choices include 100% linen, upcycled 100% cotton, hemp, and a hemp/cotton blend. Hemp fabric has the highest UV protection of all the natural fibres, is strong, durable, anti-mildew, hypo-allergenic, with maximum breathability and wicking properties. For more on HEMP and other ‘green’ fibre choices, please read my post here:  Step Lightly with Earth-loving Textiles.

The sizing drawstring inside all Rosehip hats further ensures your comfort: just loosen the band when you need some air or tighten it up on a windy day.

Happy Trails to you! … Shari

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Circle Craft Christmas Market

Come join me for the 2012 39th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market. Rosehip Hats (Shari, Kalisha) can be found at Booth # E4 along the East wall.

Wednesday thru Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Vancouver Convention Centre West – see map
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

Click the photo below for Ticket Information including online purchase DISCOUNTS.

Your initial ticket purchase entitles you to unlimited re-entry on any day of the 2012 show. Please pick up and validate your re-entry pass as you exit. (non-transferable)


About Circle Craft Christmas Market:

More than 300 artisans from coast to coast! Vancouver’s Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a local tradition since 1973. For 38 years, generations of Vancouverites, British Columbians, as well as tourists from near and far have been enjoying the Market, a place where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work. Exhibitors include wood turners, glass blowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy makers, leather and metal workers, and more. In addition, to round out the experience, visitors will find food vendors, entertainment by local dance groups, craft technique demonstrations, and other activities.

The Circle Craft Christmas Market attracts some 40,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are jury-selected based on talent and diversity. This November, more artisans than ever, over 300 (many of whom are new to the Market!), will present their wares.

The Market offers additional special sights and artistic surprises for attendees and fun activities for families to enjoy:

Watch artists produce their work – Enjoy live pottery throwing, weaving, and woodturning demonstrations!

Totally Amazing Glass – Take in free glassblowing demonstrations by some of Canada’s top glass artists. Visit the display of gallery work located next to the stage.

Ballz of Fire Workshop – Try your hand at designing and creating a blown glass Christmas ornament.

The Entertainment Stage where fantastic local talent will shine, including youth community dance and music groups!

Student Art Exhibition – Circle Craft presents, for the sixth year, an exciting exhibit celebrating student creativity. Each secondary school featured offers a display of a wide variety of student artwork reflecting the quality and diversity of their visual arts programs. This show offers a snapshot of the many styles and media art students are practicing. Explorations in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, photography, woodworking, and felting will be on view. This exhibition is presented by Circle Craft Cooperative.

Great Prizes will be won. Since its inception in 1993, The Sharing Tree has become an integral part of the Circle Craft Christmas Market. A $2 charitable donation enters you to win a prize valued at $1,500. All proceeds go to charity.

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Filberg Festival in August

Comox BC:    The Filberg Festival – western Canada’s largest outdoor arts show – is celebrating its 30th Birthday this 2012 BC long weekend, and the Rosehip Hat team will be there (Shari, Kalisha). 

You’ll also find amazing fine art & craft, meet the artisans, enjoy live entertainment & music and sample tasty food under the trees in a most beautiful historic garden setting by the sea… come join the fun!


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Circle Craft Christmas Market

The 2012 38th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market is Vancouver’s most-anticipated event of the season and a tradition for holiday shoppers seeking original works of fine craft.

2011 marks a decade for RoseHip Hats as a Circle Craft exhibitor.  In these past weeks leading up to the show, I’ve been busy in the studio designing new hat styles, choosing a selection of seasonal fabrics & trims, cutting, sewing, pressing, handstitching … and then packing up the caravan with boxes of hats and booth display items for the trek to the show.

Look for Kalisha and me at Booth #422 under a brand new RoseHip sign – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Circle Craft is held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre . Click here for map.

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Rosehip Hats on Granville Island (since 1997), Vancouver BC, CANADA

“Picture a place molded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you’ve ever seen. Add a vibrant and diverse mix of people and activities, and you have a destination so dynamic, no visit to the city is complete without spending at least a day here. Just think of Granville Island as Vancouver’s Town Square. Where locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere …”  

You’ll find Rosehip Hats at the Public Market on Granville Island throughout the year, on a rotating schedule. Please check my Calendar here.

What a treat to spend time on the free & easy Vancouver waterfront in our very own urban oasis! So much to see and do and experience. Here’s just a sampling of special events, as well as year-round activities:


Find all Upcoming Event listings and Island highlights HERE

wooden boat fest
The Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival in August: Family boat-building, knot tying demonstrations, maritime music, boat races and an armada of wooden boats of all kinds to explore on the Granville Island public docks.

farmers marketGranville Island Farmer’s Market: Thursdays from June to October in Triangle Square just outside the Public Market. Come support your local growers and enjoy the big flavours and goodness of ‘fresh-picked’. The market features everything from seasonal produce to wine, local craft, artisan food products, and more.

deck on GIBest outdoor patios in Vancouver! – all summer long. Don’t forget the wooden decks along False Creek north of the Market – lots of tables & chairs to enjoy your meals, waterfront benches, seagulls (protect your french fries) and music (ps – buskers love tips!)


The Public Market Food Experience – all summer long.  My faves: try an amazing veggie burger with seasoned french-fries from the Market Grill, or a picnic of giant fresh castrelvetano olives, dolmades, ceci (seasoned garbanzos) and orzo salad from Zara’s Deli. So many temptations in the Market – you won’t go hungry!

309090_454401577914675_353903736_nGranville Island Artisans in the Market: Carefully selected from BC’s best, the Market day vendors are artisans, local farmers, and producers of specialty foods who create, grow or produce their own goods, with pride and passion. From fine jewelry to hand-made soap, from ceramics to gourmet treats, from cutting edge fashion to spectacular visual art – it’s all here to be discovered in the heart of the market.  Enjoy the bustling atmosphere and experience truly local shopping. It’s a fresh mix of vendors every day.

aquabusTravelers Tips: If you’re driving your vehicle onto Granville Island, you should know this: Parking is crazy on the weekends, and certain times on the weekdays as well. For the best chance of finding a spot, come very early and find free parking for 3 hours, or look for the Pay Lots around the Island. Parking update for 2019 – see below**  

Looking for transit alternatives? Find your way to Granville Island via aqua ferries from downtown, or by bus & taxi. Consider walking or biking (or rolling) the False Creek seawall – it’s a spectacular scenic route the whole family can enjoy. Lots of bike racks around the Island, including a secure bike lock-up. Mobi Bike rentals are also available around the seawall leading into the Island.

Hope to see you on Granville Island soon!

** Please Note: Year-round pay parking is coming into effect at Granville Island as of June 1, 2019. From May to September, parking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will cost $3 an hour. It will cost $2 an hour during the winter, from October to April. Parking will be free before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.