November 2012 Blog Posts (38)

HAT CLASSES - CRINOLINE HATS

Crinoline is often used as a trim but transform into a beautiful ethereal translucent brim by joining, wiring and binding. Create a small percher hat using narrow crin or use pleated crinoline for a unique look brim. The end result is a soft feminine look to your hat.
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ANTI-FEDORABLE FELT

Royal Blue Millitary Crown Hat with lace and charm trim is the anti-fedora hat. Hand blocked on a vintage hat block this wool felt crown is similar to the marine dress crown, forest ranger crown, or state trooper crown. If the fedora or trilby is a little too high and not quite right for you, try a millitary crown. The asymetrical brim turns sharply up on the left, and pulls down over the right eye.…

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Millinery Paperbacks

Millinery through the years has been captured and documented in books which are a great source of retrospect and inspiration. Do you have a favourite you regularly flick through, or one to recommend?
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Millinery Fundraiser

Amanda Joyner raising money for a beautiful baby named Nova. Special bows in her honor!
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Bow For Nova Fundraiser

The daughter of my good friend Ashley, Nova, was born 15 weeks too soon on 10.17.12 weighing only 1 lb 13 oz. She is a single survivor of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Her identical twin sister, Aurora Eisley, passed away in the womb on 09.21.12 a mere 18 hours after a successful operation meant to save them both. In addition to her extreme prematurity Nova has bi-lateral grade 3/4 IVH and profound hydrocephalus. She was a girl born with a purpose. She is fiesty and strong and fighting…

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Millinery Photographer

Photographer Ki Vault loves the artistry of millinery and specialises in capturing it on camera. Photographs accommodate a subtle technique of focusing the hat creation while expressing a complementary style through the model and environment.

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MINI-HATTERS

Mueryo Marie calls herself a Mad Hatter – her specialty are mini hatters using found objects . Mini hats can take as much time to create as regular hats but there is always a demand for such especially if a little quirky. The components in Maries hats all show a little age some crazed, some weathered and beaten but are all recycled, re-purposed, and up-cycled materials to make them as eco friendly…

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Handmade Portraits: Behida Dolić

Many milliners use Etsy as a simple way to set up an online store and for all the best technical and sales practices check out the Milliners of Etsy team. Once you have set up shop you can then link listings from the…

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BIAS FOLD

The Marge Iilane label was established 5 yeas ago in Estonia. Marge had the privilege to learn from Rose Corey in UK. This disc hat has an added panel moulded on the bias creating a very clever addition to a regular disc style. Marge also balances out her range with a smart casual collection of hats & caps which are wearable no matter what the season.…

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HAT HINTS - COVERING HAT BLOCKS

When preparing to block a hat or headpiece is it best to cover the block with Plastic Wrap or Auminium Foil? Learn when to use either for best results.
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Handcrafted Beret

Winter in Wales with temperatures eight degrees or less is the perfect time to wear one of these beautiful berets made by milliner Robyn Coles. Robyn quit he job as a Fashion buyer to fulfil her creative desire in millinery. During her formal training she realised she had found her creative passion in millinery. Robyn sees the only limitations in millinery is your own imagination. She will go out of her way to…

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LINE & STRUCTURE

Line and structure are the key design principles used by Sydney milliner "Lisa Renee Millinery", a bespoke atelier. Lisa provides quality hand crafted millinery to accentuate the exact look for clients special occasions. When sculpturing it is vital that you maintain femininity and that is exactly what Lisa has achieved in this piece Lace Spiral.

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SERENDIPITY TOUCH

Catherine Gane from Surrey, UK  classes herself as a Hatlover but is emerging as a creative Milliner selling her hats & fascinators under the "Serendipity Hats" label. Experience is the greatest teacher and Catherine is working with a variety of components and styles for her clientele. This disc hat and matching clutch reveal a delicate colour combination to create such a feminine…

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VINTAGE STYLE

Inspired by elegant hat shapes from the early 20th century, UK Label "Betsy Hatter" creates wearable hats and fascinators with a whimsical twist. Her love for vintage is reflected in the fine detail including the frock for the photo shoot. This percher hat style was popular in the 40's era and was so named as it gave the resemblance of a bird atop the head. It…

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Why choose hat academy Advertising?

Advertising on Hat Academy allows you to reach a unique target audience, an audience of interested hat lovers, students and milliners seeking information to enhance their skills with your products. 
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Light & Shade

Luton UK is at the heart of the hat industry with hats dating back to 1700s in the local Museum. Emma Vowles was privileged to start her training there followed by work with leading designers but now has her own established label "Evie Rose Millinery" specialising in exciting bespoke pieces for her clients. This beautifully proportioned disc hat reveals a play in light and shade complimented by the setting chosen by her…

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CLASSIC CLOCHE

Most little girls enjoy dressing their dolls but not all try to make the hats & accessories. Ella Gajewska grew up with that experience under her mums watchful eye and so started her love of headwear. Years later she would view a hat shop window fascinated by its stunning contents. She sort out training under some of the best UK milliners and her signature pieces were then realised. Her business is established in her home country, Poland. How…

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HAT CLASSES - HATINATORS

Based on brim construction learn to: Reshape, twist, pleat, splice, embroider, braid. Add fabric to sinamay. Make Parisisal Hatinators & learn how to finish edges. Create crinoline, veiling, lace & fabric hatinators by binding and sculpting.

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MILLINERY DETERMINATION

Determination drove Carolina Millinery owner Natalie Simmon's desire to learn millinery when very little tuition was available 11 years ago. Armed with every book she could find she practised techniques until in 2007 she had a chance to learn from a master milliner. Today one of her creations is exhibited in the Kentucky Derby Hat Museum . Natalie has a real love of 1920-40s era which is evident with styling & wide…

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MELBOURNE CUP TRENDS

This year at Melbourne Cup there appeared to be more tailored headpieces, hatinators and hats which have been obviously made by a milliner rather than a constant stream of small fascinators from a department store. Was this observed by anyone else, why do you think we have a change in trend?

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