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Elaine Mergard's Discussions

The Many Famous Creases of a Stetson Hat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Austin Gray Jul 5. 4 Replies

When Stetson first started making its iconic cowboy hats in 1865, they were sold with an open crown (a rounded dome) that served as a blank canvas for the wearer to crease in a manner that best…Continue

Vintage Jiffy Steamer for sale

Started Jun 13 0 Replies

Vintage Jiffy Steamer for sale -…Continue

Hats Public Interest Growth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Panozzo Mar 16. 3 Replies

An article from The New Your Times - Hats: ‘The New Tattoo’, talks about how Paris is gaining…Continue

Race Day Gloves

Started this discussion. Last reply by Margaret Crunkleton May 24. 3 Replies

Co-ordinating our fashion accessories were essential in the 1950s and 60s. Handbags matched our shoes and gloves matched…Continue

 

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I Love Hats Because?
I love wearing hats and now in my retirement I am going to love teaching Millinery to pass on my skills to the next generation.
About Me
I have been happily married for 40+years and have 4 wonderful children. As a Teenager in the 1960s we wore hats everywhere. I made my first hat in 1964 during my training as a Home Economics Teacher. We were trained over 2 years in all fields of millinery so we could teach millinery in Adult Education with the Queensland Govt. I love spending time
caring for my Granddaughters,Scarlett & Lillian and going fishing.

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When did you make your first hat ?
As a teenager in the 1960s we wore hats everywhere. I made my first hat in 1964 during my training as a Home Economics Teacher. We were trained over 2 years in all fields of millinery so we could teach millinery in Adult Education with the Queensland Education Department.

When & where did you commence teaching Millinery
In 1966 at the age of 20, I commenced teaching  Millinery classes with  Adult Education in Brisbane. I have also taught in TAFE colleges in Central Queensland & Sunshine Coast during  the 1980's & 1990's . I taught Millinery for many years at  Queensland Museum & University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

When did you establish your millinery business?
In 1990 when we moved to the Sunshine Coast with family I established "Hatrageous Headwear" as a home based business. In my retirement I seek to mentor others to become the Best in Millinery.

What are some of the highlights of your career?
In the early 1990's my goal was to create hats with an outrageous look so these soon created media attention with my hats featured on national TV & print media. A real highlight was receiving a phone call in 2003 from Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor of Queensland asking me to make her hats while she was in Office.This was a privileged experience.
Every time I see the delight on the clients face as they try on their customised hat …that is a highlight. Seeing my students compete on a national level has thrilled me over the years.

Do Milliners retire?
I will continue to be Innovative & share my skills with young Milliners. No I can never let my love of hats go & look forward to mentoring new Milliners.

My Mission is to create the next generation of Milliners by teaching techniques enabling each one to develop their unique creativity.

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Diana Maloney said…

Hi Elaine,  It looks wonderful and I have already done the first lesson.  I will keep you posted as to how things go. I have been looking forward to this all year.

Diana

koumba maude d said…

hi, Elaine,

 i want to know if i can make a sinamay hat without using stiffener,and what are the steps to do a free form hat, would i need a stiffener?

Diana Maloney said…

Thanks Elaine.  Yes if it had not been for those two men talking to you and me overhearing your conversation it would never be.  Some things are meant to be.  I will kepyou informed as to how I go.  Thanks

Diana

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