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Extra -large Brims
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I want to make some hats with extra large brims,My brim block is only 5 1/2" I want to make brims that are 8 -10 inches. any advice on how I can do this, I haven't even seen a brim block this big,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia G Peacock May 22, 2013.

Attaching flowers?
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I love having flowers on the hats I make. I buy the ones I don't make from Lubin's and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LynnT91 Nov 18, 2023.

Cloche Brims
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I just got my first cloche block. Any advice on how to make different versions of the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Mergard Jan 16, 2016.


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LynnT91 replied to Dianne Graham's discussion Attaching flowers?
"Looks like you got some great advice already but I'd use a hot glue gun. It works and leave no visible signs of attachment. Just make sure if you hot glue flowers onto your hat that you choose a hat you won't regret modifying. I know hot…"
Nov 18, 2023
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Aug 9, 2017
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Jun 29, 2017
Sharon Panozzo replied to Dianne Graham's discussion Attaching flowers?
"I stitch mine on the hats but sometimes I first stich them on crinoline that I have colored the same color as the hat.  When I get everything sewn onto the crinoline, I cut it very close to the stitching and then stitch to…"
Jun 26, 2017
Adrienne M Bennett replied to Dianne Graham's discussion Attaching flowers?
"Diane I dont like it when flowers stick out. I usually sew a pin on the back so the flower will lean into the hat. If I need to I curl the stem to give it a finished look rather than letting it just hang there, I also add florist tape to my stems as…"
Jun 22, 2017
Dianne Graham replied to Ella Stevens's discussion Dying lace
"I buy my dye from Dharma Trading, they have a lot of information on their web site, I have called them and they are very knowledgeable They might be able to provide just what you need http://www.dharmatrading.com/"
May 9, 2017
Dianne Graham replied to Amanda G. Joyner's discussion Video for local PBS station on Chef Bizzaro Millinery
"Amanda is an amazing artist and milliner, she is so talented. She brings old world techniques into new world fashion and fun,"
Oct 12, 2016
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Sep 21, 2016
Dianne Graham replied to Elaine Mergard's discussion Millinery Meet-Up 2016
" I am also going to be there, looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones "
May 27, 2016
Dianne Graham replied to ciara sweeney's discussion how to remove foundation make up from a hat
"I am also a nurse. as a nurse we have plenty of opportunity to get blood on our uniforms. we have always used hydrogen peroxide to get the blood out, it works great. so now when I prick my finger while sewing a grab the Peroxide.  I have also…"
May 7, 2016
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Feb 27, 2016
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Feb 8, 2016
Elaine Mergard replied to Dianne Graham's discussion Cloche Brims
"Hi Carolyn, I teach how to block a turn up brimmed cloche in Lesson 19 http://hatacademy.com/group/lesson-19-felt-hat  In Guest tutor Lesson Waltraud teaches free form Felt Cloches you can shape to suit your particular…"
Jan 16, 2016
Carolyn replied to Dianne Graham's discussion Cloche Brims
"Hello! I was wondering if you could tell me more about shaping brims? I'm a beginner and I want to make a cloche hat with a curved brim, but I don't know how? Thank you!"
Jan 16, 2016
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I love hats because they make everyone that wears them feel special. They make women stand out in a crowd and get noticed. They give women confidence and enthusiasm. Whether it's the sorting hat of Harry Potter fame or a brides headpiece all millinery seems to have some magic
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I am a self taught milliner, I will try anything because I always learn something from my mistakes. I am so glad we live in the internet age where I can look up techniques, or watch a video. I have also learned a lot from the old millinery books in re-print. I try to always add something special to all my hats. After all my brand is Over the Top and I want each hat I produce to have some Over the Top qualities.
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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Dianne !.

What a wonderful Creative world we Milliners live in. I hope you find inspiration from this site. Etsy is a great way to market your headwear

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