December 2012 Blog Posts (42)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Wishing all Hat Academy Members a Wonderful Christmas. Thank you for being a part of the Hat Academy family and for your contribution to make this possible. Have the Best Hatty Year in 2013 as we look forward to greater creative ventures. Academy…

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Marketplace - Headpiece in Burgunday and Gold

The best thing about this hat is that it looks equally attractive worn on the right or left side of the head, giving you essentially two looks in one hat. A simple bow sits between the solid pleated ruffle that wraps half way around the hat and the hand cut floral appliques that drape over the base edge.

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SWINGING SAFARI

Felting hand knitted or crocheted hats & berets has become very popular. Arline from Connecticut, US has shared this natural coloured wool hat which she has hand felted and trimmed with a unique giraffe print flower. The result is a cloche with an appeal to  go on safari and enjoy all that exists in Nature.

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Vintage on display

Get inspired from the past with this 1950's Holiday Hats Fashion Show.
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Marketplace: BLUEBERRY PIE

This classic beret pillbox is 8 inches (20cm) in diameter and 2 1/12 inches (6cm) high. It's a circular beret with a soft curved edge. The colour is a glorious deep purply magenta.

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THEATRICAL HEADWEAR

Can you recall the headwear in the Nicole Kidman film "Moulin Rouge". These pieces were the work of award winning Milliner Christine Thompson, who lives in the picturesque Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia. With 18 years experience in Costume Headwear for Opera, Theatre and Musicals no wonder her fashion Hats and headpieces display a perfect finish using fabric as a covering for the foundations shapes.  To work in…

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Special Offers going on Online now......Discounts. Free Gifts. Christmas Season.

Buy from us this Christmas season and get 10% off your order and if your order is over £50 get a free gift as well.

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DISCOVER WHAT GLITTERS

Chic Bibi Label from Montreal , Canada welcomes you to their website - "Each face has its glitter; let us help you discover your own…" How flattering is this yellow hatinator and to create it that way note what has been added to create a one-off look - the pleats + tucks + space. Brilliant in colour & design.

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Marketplace: "Doubloon"

Mini Top Hat delicately hand blocked in metallic swiss straw. Trimmed with Vintage spotted veiling.
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Millinery Award Photos

Over 600 photos for the Crown Oaks Day millinery award are now online a Racing Fashion Australia. All Milliners had beautiful headwear showcased and the level of competition was at an all time high and what an honour to have Philip Treacy as a judge.
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FABRIC COVERED FLAT CROWNS

Using fabric to cover your clients hat crown will co-ordinate the hat with the outfit. Nothing else makes the statement so clearly -"I have been to a milliner". Learn how to make a template from your block to make the pattern for the foundation and fabric covering. The use of fabric due to huge variety available will give you a marketing edge.
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Cloche Encounters

Rita McVinnie has added more styles to her Hat Academy profile which includes her new look website. She has a  range of styles, heavily influenced by 1920's fashion and the flapper era. If you find yourself taken by the wardrobe and costumes of Downton Abbey then these hats are sure to appeal to your taste.

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Featured Product: Silk Abaca

What has shine, pliability and strength? Answer – the latest millinery sensation, Silk Abaca. It is a favourite for milliners creating headwear with a sculptural difference. Available now from The Feather Shop in an array of designer colours. Shipping world wide.
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Marketplace: Miss Audrey

Miss Audrey ~ hand blocked base covered in ivory taffeta, then finished with black netting, this is then topped off with the largest orchid spray in ivory tones, she is so beautiful.
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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE HAT GROWING UP?

Perhaps worn by a family member, a celebrity a Royal or your own personal headwear, what was you favourite hat you remember when growing up?
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Recycled Retrospect

The ethos of the 1940's era was "Make do & mend" such a contrast to todays disposable society. Lisa McConnon from Hertfordshire, UK is a Millinery Designer who loves to recycle. Her creations reveal her foundation training in art & design, fashion & costume.

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Promote your business with Headlines

Headlines are a great way to inform, educate or entertain the Hat Academy community plus promote your business to attract visitors to your profile and website.
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LESSON SPECIAL!

Unique additions to an otherwise plain brim will make your hat stand out in the crowd. A great way to add design & texture to plain straw is to embroider on the top surface of the brim using thick cotton thread but ensuring it is invisible on the under surface. Learn how to accomplish this using your regular sewing machine. Inserting decorative shapes in contrast colours into the straw brim is also included in this…

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MARKETPLACE - 'Sequin' handbeaded felt cocktail hat

'Sequin' a fabulous showstopping cocktail hat completely covered with hand-sewn sequins and beads and topped with a feather flower. It is lightweight and easy to wear. Would be amazing for any event you have coming up.
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HAIRSTYLES FOR HATS

Anna from Alure Salon and Day Spa in Lexington, KY shows us how to do a great hairstyle with a hat made by Lisa Tan Millinery. Watch, learn, and rock it for your next stylish day at the horse races!
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