April 2013 Blog Posts (62)

MAKE YOUR OWN KENTUCKY DERBY HATS

With the Kentucky Derby at our heels, is your headwear ready? The Derby hat or Bowler hat is one of the most easily recognised hats with its turned up narrow brim. Brims are not meant to be boring but rather so creative to give the total hat a new exciting appeal. The Intermediate Level Bundle is stacked with concepts & techniques to give every brim a new dimension whether by…

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Approaching Photographers

Looking for photography for your millinery business but do not have the funds? Monika Neuhauser shares how she organised a photo shoot free of charge!

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MARKETPLACE: Feather & Flower Fascinator

This Fascinator was featured in Vogue Magazine April 2012. Simply Stunning Red Feather & Silk Flower Fascinator. Designs are made to order in your choice of colours and base.

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CRINOLINE TOUCH

Milliner and busy mum, Nono Kish of US has been progressing through Hat Academy Lessons and her work is evolving with her own signature style. Binding with…

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Hat Classes: spot brim technique

Use these concepts in Brims, Hatinators & even cocktails. Inserting and adding extras to the straw we create a new look that gives your hats individuality. Learn to redesign three different ways - Insert, Spot & Shot.

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VINTAGE BOARDWALK EMPIRE HATS

Hat maker for Boardwalk Empire, Gary "White" Witkowski, takes us through the process of creating a vintage hat like those used on the famed HBO series.
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PERFECTION BRIM HAT BLOCK

Basic brim block for narrow or wide brims with slight droop. Wooden Hat Block 45cm x 4.5cm Made from durable light weight, easy pin straight grained Milkwood. Includes free collar!

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MARKETPLACE: Fuchsia and turquoise felt hat

Elegant fuchsia and turquoise felt hat. Made with fuchsia felt capeline and turquoise peacock feather and one organza flower.

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TICKLED PINK

Linda Ford has chosen to call this piece "Tickled Pink" in memory of her Nana who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her early 50's. Sadly she never saw Linda embark on her millinery journey - but she knows she would be "Tickled Pink" about it all. This stunning hot pink silk abaca - shaped reminiscent of the Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon symbol with a twist has been donated to the North Qld Breast…

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BUTTON HAT BLOCK

The Button Block is perfect for modern fascinator and cocktail hat styles. Like all the "Basic Block" range it is made from seasoned Milkwood that is durable & easily pinable. Can be used for buckram, felt, sisals or sinamay to create this popular style.
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HATSTAGRAM: Vintage cockade

Kristin Silverman shares with us her custom cloche with vintage cockade trim before sending off to a happy client.

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Profile Magazine feature

The current Profile Magazine features Hat Academy milliner & teacher, Elaine Mergard.
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MARKETPLACE: French Lavender Sinamay Capeline Hat

Oversized brimmed capeline hat, in pearl grey and lavender sinamay. A pleated overlay on the crown of hand dyed silk organza, and another overlay of pearl grey Russian veiling, softens the color palette to a delicate, muted, period patina.

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ROLLICKING RENOVATION

Deconstructing an old hat then recovering, reshaping and reconstructing is not an easy task for any milliner. The final cost for a customer can be as much as a new hat but if the client loved the original we recreate it to please them. Jain Kidsley from UK label "Hat Piece" has succeeded with this hat renovation so much so you would never know it was upcycled. Jain's training in…

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Learn to bind with satin or silk

Binding your brim is the first stage to add design to your hat. Learn to bind with satin or silk. Next add a fine piping to add more style. Lets widen the bind but keep it so flat & even. Learn the how to achieve a fine finish in all these variations, with a perfect join in two different ways.
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Kentucky Derby Countdown

Countdown time for Kentucky Derby Day held on 4th May. Now is time to finalise your hat and ensemble. Be bright & beautiful for the day. Check out marketplace for great hats on sale. The dream of racing in the Kentucky Derby inspires the ambitions surrounding thousands of horses and…

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THE RIGHT HAT FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE

What's the best hat for your face shape? Find the most flattering topper for our facial structure.
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MARKETPLACE: Cocktail Hat in Silk

A dramatic pillbox cocktail hat in silk with a fabric flower and pleated crin attaches with either a headband or elastic.

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The Great Gatsby

Have just had a wonderful week working with Rosie Boylan and Cheryl Rounsefell  recreating some of the headwear we made  for The Great Gatsby. These recreated pieces will feature in an exhibition in New York for Prada in the lead up to the film's premiere. 

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A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

A quick look at the Gallery of UK Milliner Jay Knox, leaves you in awe of her creativity. She grew up in an age when everyone wore hats and her greatest pleasure when she was a child was trying all the hats on in department stores. With Tailoring experience behind her she started creating hats a year ago and customers kept returning. This hat was a winner in a competition and featured in Hat…

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