ABOUT MAD HATTER AND COMPANY

Mad Hatter & Company  has an eclectic collection of quality felt hats, handmade hats and a variety of handmade jewelry & other fantastical accessories.  Mostly, locally made.  All ethically made.

Mad Hatter & Company is nestled on the tip of the Quimper Peninsula, on the Olympic Peninsula, in the pacific northwest.  Yes, a peninsula on a peninsula.  We are located in Port Townsend, Washington, a small historic victorian seaport. 

 

Within our shop you will find two separate businesses which are: Mad Hatter Hats owned by Janice Tucker, and Knit Witts owned by Paulette Lack.  We are two talented women who have joined together to sell the products we make ourselves as well as other local artist's work. We also have men's fedoras (made in the USA), and awesome collectibles.

ABOUT MAD HATTER HATS by Janice

In my late twenties I was a struggling glass artist. I was doing small stained glass pieces and etched glass ornaments. I was sharing a booth at a craft fair with a friend who had made a few crocheted beanies. She sold all her hats while I sold nothing. It was then I realized that what I wanted to do was to create something useful. Thus began my hat making career!

 

Living aboard a small boat left me with only having room for knitting hats. I would always have a bag of my hats with me at the local coffee shops and bars. Later I moved ashore where I pulled out my free sewing machine, took apart a newsboy cap from the thrift store and sewed a new one. The first hats were not the best but practice makes perfect. I now have about 9 different styles of sewn hats. I do continue to knit hats but I mostly knit to felt. I hope to have all my hat styles represented on this Etsy page in the future. Until then come and visit my shop in Port Townsend, Wa. or visit my ETSY store:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/madhatterhatsofPT

 

ABOUT KNIT WITTS by Paulette

I FOUND YARN and THE JOURNEY BEGAN!!

 

I was an educator for 20 years.  Life changed, as it does, and I found myself delving into my creative spirit.  I began knitting and loving every moment of it.  I love the textures, the colors and the making of beautiful things out of string.  I especially like making my fingerless mitts.  They are practical and FUN!

Fibers now inspire my journey.  In November of 2015 I traveled to Peru for the first time in search of women who are experts in spinning, knitting and weaving.  As it turns out, textiles, the process of spinning, dyeing fibers, knitting and weaving are an integral component of the culture of the indigenous in the Sacred Valley of Peru. 

As a result of my travels, I now work closely with two communities in Peru.  One, Rumira Sandormayo in the Sacred Valley of Peru, an community of Ollyantaytambo.  Another community located on Lake Titicaca, on the Island of Taquile.  Both communities are Quechua and we are learning and growing our businesses together.  

To learn more about Knit Witts or shop for Knit Witts knitwears and wovens, go to:

www.knitwittsbypaulette.com