April 2013 Blog Posts (38)

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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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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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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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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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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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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Hat Classes: Fabric Feathers

Learn the technique in Lesson 9, Redesign Feathers, on how to make your own feathers from fabric to co-ordinate with a clients outfit or your
own styling.
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BLOOMING PASSION

Svetlana Faulkner's passion is handmade flowers. She makes them not only from silk, but also from velvet, cotton, lace and even leather and suede.
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WIN A HAT BLOCK!

Post a photo of your most loved block & write why it is your favourite and win a Button Block!
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PERFECT PETALS

Svetlana Faulkner of UK creates pure silk flowers using advanced techniques and paints all by hand. These tooled flowers are used to make a range of accessories for evening and bridal wear or she creates fascinators, cocktail hats and other pieces of headwear using her uniquely styled flowers. Having learnt the best Japanese techniques in flower making Svetlana makes a stunning flower every…

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SIMPLY ELEGANT

The Social season for Australia's most northerly capital city, Darwin all happens in winter when there are no monsoonal rains. Milliner Helen Wilkinson offers a complete and  unique service to clients as she  provides a head to toe grooming service for Weddings, the Races or that Special Occasion. Every Customer heads out the door with a Couture headpiece in hand, Gel polish on…

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How to make fascinators

Fascinator and headpieces can be made in different shapes using different components. All the techniques are explained in detail plus tips to trim & line your headpiece will give a quality finish.
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Hat Classes: PATCHWORK

Overlaying your sinamay straw with extra colour & fabric will make your hat or headpiece a one off as you apply individual creativity. Learn how to give these extras the perfect finish with the use of braid petit purl or rayon braid.
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EYE CARE AS MILLINERS

It is essential to maintain good lighting conditions as we work closely with our hat creations especially when hand stitching darker colours. This Adjustable Bench Light is perfect as it has a bright, energy saving tricolour powder fluorescent tube.
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FEEL SPECIAL

Tanya Hodgson loves creating special things and you can't get anything more special than a gorgeous piece of millinery. She has perfected tooling flowers and every bride would feel special with this beautiful rose complimenting the hairstyle on her wedding day. Tanya may be a Beginner but is making steps towards excelling in millinery.

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MARKETPLACE: Percher Cocktail Hat

This piece has a vintage silk cherry blossom and vintage rhinestones speckling the top of the hat. It's finished with two feathers to give it just a touch of flair. This hat is perfect for spring and can go with casual to formal outfits.

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