Many years ago I made my own felt, last winter I made a cloche hat and scarf to wear to Melbourne. Recently, Due to the hot weather and heavy rains my studio was slightly flooded. [in the process of…Continue
Every now and gain I have a special request for a Mother of the Bride... This style I have designed from my originals of 1969-72 creations in the days when we still wore hats. Made from lilac and silver sinamay trimmed with handmade flowers of…
"Fashionable Lady of Maleny Aileen Jackson was so happy to win best 'Hat' for 2015 with a Maree DeGraw Creation, she requested another hand made hat for this years function. As I was in the process of moving house, business and…"
"love that ' keep the workroom tidy.' as hard as it maybe = it is a great discipline. Thank you Chrissie.
When i did my training many many years ago... we had 15 mins before knock off time to clean our patch... table... tools and put…"
"Thank you Elaine for bringing back the memories... It has been a very long time since a Gentleman tipped his hat to me on first greeting.... gone are the days of good manners and etiquette. My dad bless him gone 11 years, always tipped his hat…"
You don't mention if it is handmade felt or a commercial hood.I have experience with handmade felt. It is easily washed in wool wash gently by hand,let it soak a little to dispel the dirt ,rinse in same temperature water then…"
Many years ago I made my own felt, last winter I made a cloche hat and scarf to wear to Melbourne. Recently, Due to the hot weather and heavy rains my studio was slightly flooded. [in the process of weather proofing it] Although 95% of my stock was rescued - i notice my felt cap and scarf are marked. with mould and dust. Do I wash it and re-block the hat in hope it will come clean and new again! Has anyone experienced similar. See More
growing up in the 50-60's in South East Queensland 'where's your hat or put your hat on before going outside." Dressing up in grandmas hats and sewing frills and flowers on big straw hats with mother.
I started my apprenticeship in design couture making bridal dresses with Deons Bridal Salon Brisbane when all of a sudden Deons was with out a milliner... at the age of 16, I was thrown into the job with little experience but caught on quick with a new head milliner from New Zealand taking me under her training skills. I owned my own floristry business in Emerald from 1974-77. Late 1977 a different direction took me into the field of a Telecom Technician, still working with wires and precision relay work before meeting my husband who was a wood and stone artisan from USA. from 1985- Helped him build his business and family, Eventually, built our own gallery, made bead jewellery and floristry until I opened a bed and breakfast in the beautiful rain forest of Maleny and worked full time.
2013, My husband was very ill and working the B&B 16 hrs a day on my own majority of the time, I realised at 60, I need to get back to my Creativity. After many years doing everything else and a year of deciding what to do as a creative artist and..now just returned after touring USA from Mexican border to the antique retro collectable shops of Sth Carolina to crazy New York and Las Vegas.
Dah! like duck to water..I asked myself. 'why not take up my old Art of bridal millinery." Sew the seeds of passion and here I am.
April 2014: Put into Action: 1.Time management in place to juggle B&B and my Creativity time. 2. Design-build a studio room and acquire equipment and tools. 3.Do a complete Refresher course and find out the new way of making Millinery. 4. Create and build stock of Head Adornments for sale and customer base. After 32 yrs with out millinery expertise I may be back to a beginner, although Bridal Millinery will be my passion
July 2016, now have the time to create in our new home - studio at Landsborough Qld.
Wonderful you found our website Maree. So pleased you have joined me in Hat Academy and hope you find it inspiring. I am committed to helping you add to your skills.I made my first hat 50yrs ago & the passion for hats is with me forever!!
I set his up to help Beginners -once you learn the basic techniques you will be surprised how creative you can be. Millinery is a creative art & in huge demand currently. Any questions do message me here.
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I am so excited you have joined me as I am here to help you realize your dream. I live @ Beerwah and my husband thinks your B&B is opposite Maudy's Restaurant & he described the entrance of the B&B. This is your year!!