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Race Day Gloves

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Panozzo Jan 15. 2 Replies

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

Spring Racing Recovery?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sophie Allport Nov 29, 2016. 3 Replies

Australian Spring Racing season is…Continue

Do you name hats for marketing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Panozzo Jul 24, 2016. 2 Replies

When starting out in business I was receiving orders for particular styles based on the blocks I had, so I decided to make it easy for myself to recall the shape of the hat by giving my blocks…Continue

Millinery Children's Books

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Milliner Angelica Nave has had a lifelong love affair with hats and was asked to write about her favourite children's hat…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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At 7:39am on November 27, 2016, Billie Mijatovic said…

Hi Elaine,

I was wondering if I buy your courses, would it be possible to have them on cd or dvd?

KInd Regards,

Billie

At 12:23pm on November 18, 2016, helene kusnitz said…

Please tell Wendy for me:T

Thank you for your compliments. I feel I've found my new medium in wool. I've made many vessels and a beret over the last few years but not a hat like this one. I haven't been this excited about creating since I started quilting over 27 years ago. Your video was clear and easy to follow and I look forward to making more and trying the cloche hat. I'd love to know where I can find other template ideas to make other types of hats. And will you have any other workshops available in the future? 

At 6:39am on November 18, 2016, helene kusnitz said…

Oh it was on the front page? I didn't see that. Thank you for your compliment. Looking forward to more creating.

 
 
 

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