Maree DeGraw
  • Female
  • Landsborough Queensland
  • Australia

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Marks on felt hat - best way to clean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maree DeGraw Mar 7, 2015. 6 Replies

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


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Feb 4
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Hat by Maree DeGraw Modelled by Aileen Jackson won Fashion at Maleny Manor Qld2016

"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…"
Nov 2, 2016
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Nov 2, 2016
Maree DeGraw commented on Hat Academy's blog post INTERVIEW: CHRISSIE KING
"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…"
Mar 24, 2016
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André Rieu - Mio Angelo featuring AgAtelier cocktail hats

"So wonderful to feel this video of passionate beauty in the world of turmoil this week. "
Nov 18, 2015
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Gallery Display Maleny October 2015

Hat display by Maree Hats at Peace of Green Gallery Maleny.
Oct 21, 2015
Maree DeGraw replied to Elaine Mergard's discussion Vintage Hat Etiquette Guide
"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…"
Oct 12, 2015
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Burjuman Millinery show 2015

"Fabulous - Great to see such a variety of shapes and colour designs... and also our Sunshine Coast Sandy A. being in the spotlight in the Dubai show."
Sep 25, 2015
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This is reminiscent of Western Queensland and the summer heat. Great hat.
Sep 17, 2015
Maree DeGraw replied to Elaine Mergard's discussion Millinery studio madness!
"PINS! Why is this so - my lounge chair seems to exude them every week for some reason - even when I wasn't there for days.?"
Jul 9, 2015
Maree DeGraw commented on Hat Academy's blog post THE SPINDLE: FELICITY BROWN
"Great Fun and Hard work at the same time - Felicity Congratulations in being able to make it to the fashion city of NY."
Jun 10, 2015
Maree DeGraw replied to Hat Academy's discussion Hat Memorabilia
"Great little find. I always loved lilly of the valley. Used these fabulous flowers alot in the 60-70's in my bridal millinery.   "
May 16, 2015
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Apr 5, 2015
Mela Hoyt-Heydon replied to Maree DeGraw's discussion Marks on felt hat - best way to clean?
"I have actually had this happen and I sent the fur felt hood to the dry cleaners. Came back beautiful!"
Feb 27, 2015
wendy bailye replied to Maree DeGraw's discussion Marks on felt hat - best way to clean
"Dear Maree, 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…"
Feb 24, 2015
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Marks on felt hat - best way to clean

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
Feb 19, 2015

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I Love Hats Because?
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.
About Me
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 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.
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Elaine Mergard said…

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.

To make the most of Hat Academy remember to read through the Welcome Page - Read here

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!!

We built a Caravan park from nothing and operated for 13 yrs so know hard yards in accomm industry!!  I am old enough to remember Deons Bridal   

Would love to catch up for coffee @ Maleny some time

Enjoy, Elaine

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