Melissa Rath
  • Female
  • Forbes, New South Wales
  • Australia

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Starting an online store
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I've been on ETSY and Facebook for a few years now but am looking at starting my own website to sell my millinery. Would anyone have any suggestions as to where I should be looking to start a website?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Walter Oct 3, 2019.

Finding the right balance?
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Does anyone else look at their finished pieces and think that the trim is just not right?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Helen Lee Marshall Mar 9, 2018.

Removing mould from vintage felt hats
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Hi everyoneI have been asked by a lovely lady if it is possible to remove mould from 1920's felt hats. These hats are part of a wonderful history and the person is desperate to fix them but is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Mergard May 25, 2015.

Blocking on styrofoam heads
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I'm still to use felt but had a thought today that I'd like to make my little girls winter felt hats and as they have smaller head sizes was wondering how well felt would block on a styrofoam head?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eleanor Flower Mar 2, 2014.


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Paper braid hat.

Paper braid hat
Feb 28
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"Thank you Elaine, this hat was definitely a learning experience."
Feb 26
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"WOW Melissa This hat is amazing design Congrats and love the Swiss braid hat too - you are on a Design roll xx"
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Melissa Rath replied to Melissa Rath's discussion Hat prices
"I came looking for this discussion tonight as over the last week a workmate has been telling me I need to "flog off" all my pieces for $50 each to "build my image and get my name out there".  Thank you to all the people who…"
Jun 23, 2022
Maame Ewurabena replied to Melissa Rath's discussion Hat prices
"so how much do you think is ok for an hourly rate in the Usa for a milliner.Now i think the starting rate is 16usd an hr I wanna do millinery full time but my business is not very active."
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Jul 30, 2020
Melissa Rath replied to Susan Fage's discussion Listen while you sew!!
"I tend to not listen to anything while sewing, making millinery or knitting, I am often doing those things sitting at my kitchen table while talking to my dad.  I do find though that while on here watching lessons, I am also listening to my…"
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I Love Hats Because?
Hats are beautiful, they can complete an outfit, they can be a creative expression.
About Me
I have been sewing for about 25+ years, love couture dressmaking and tailoring and love learning new skills. My nine to five job is as in Industrial sewing machinist working with knit merino wool, which I love and I've also in the last few years, rediscovered an interest in knitting.
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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Melissa. With your couture talent you will go well with Millinery as you have an eye for fine detail. Millinery is more creative than tailoring and there is no such thing as dead stock. I am here to help you achieve!
Feel free to share your hat or headpiece creations, join in or start a hatters discussion and add your info to the My Store panel above. Remember online help is a click away. To begin with Lessons check out our Get Started page. I am looking forward to sharing Millinery techniques, ideas and fashion news with you.

Enjoy, Elaine.

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Elaine Mergard said…
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