April 2013 Blog Posts (53)

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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MARKETPLACE: Retro Fascinator

A stunning handmade hat from soft brown felt. The hat is double layered for strength and moulded using traditional millinery techniques. It is topped off with a stunning ruby and gold rose and edged with an orange and gold ribbon.

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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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Marketplace: Purple Silk Beret and Flowers

Dark purple silk dupion large button beret with handmade purple, Ivory and pink silk/taffeta roses. With pale pink and purple feathers. Mounted on a hat elastic, which is easily hidden under your hair. It can be made to sit to either side of the head.

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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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MARKETPLACE: Orange Felt Pillbox Hat with Felt Flowers

This hand felted Mandarin Orange pillbox features hand cut felt flowers accentuated by a 30cm deep Orange Ostrich Quill. The pillbox base is 10cm in diameter and 5cm in hight. It is attached to black elastic headband. 

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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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DUBAI WORLD CUP

Vivienne Morgan Millinery had a very successful first outing at the Dubai World Cup. All three racegoers wearing Vivienne Morgan Millinery hats who entered the Jaguar Style Stakes made it to the final of the Best Dressed Lady category at the Dubai World Cup on 30 March 2013.
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RICH AND DEEP

This colour combination of burgundy straw with emerald green feathers and cobalt blue flowers has such visual strength. Such are the couture and conceptual hats of UK milliner, Monique Lee. Whether it is styling for Runway Shows or Commercial Campaigns, Monique can meet the challenge with her background in Fashion styling & research, Trend forecasting and…

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Discussion: Hatters Anonymous

Hat Lovers & Hat makers can be so obsessed with hats they can be addicted! The family is tired of our hats & junk all over dining table , pins in the carpet, mum always has her head in a hat, they say you embarrass me with your hat on…but we love them soo much. Maybe we need to ensure some personal management and balance in our life as no such thing as Hats-Anon. Do you have any…

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Hat Classes: Buckram & Fabric

Learn three different fabric covering techniques in this lesson. Buckram has been a favourite for milliners for decades but currently with fashion interest in vintage look dome crowns everyone wants to learn how to cover the crown using fabric.
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MARKETPLACE: Red Fan Fascinator

Stunning red and black fascinator, with red felt abstract fan and black and gold vintage button decoration and cherry red birdcage veil. The base is natural straw, dyed black, and fastens to your 'do with a plastic comb.…

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PASSEMENTERIE

Passementerie is a vintage trim in cording and braid often incorporating metallic threads of gold & silver plus an embellishment with beads. This has always been favoured by the French in clothing & furnishings but Ainhoa Carrizo Casas from Bilbao, Spain has also favoured this traditional style of trimming on her stunning black velvet…

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BEYOND THE SQUARE

It is so refreshing to view millinery by male milliners. As 99.9% of milliners are female we welcome Zak from Armenia to Hat Academy. The guys just add something extra with their creativity & we all applaud them.  The Rectangular styling is definitely one step beyond the square and is softened by the delicate spotting on the trims.…

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Statement in Red

Cindy Blake from Northern New South Wales, Australia transforms her clients to another place with her elegant & classy headwear. No "seeing red" in this style, just all smiles from another happy client. Each piece is a work of art  and she guarantees they create a statement & will turn heads at any event. Such is her passion for millinery and she is lucky enough to live near the…

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A COLOUR WHEEL IN VELOUR FELT

Velour Felt hoods are wonderful to work with especially if you are a beginner.They shape easily and give you a perfect finish with a soft luxurious velvet feel. Check out the Finest quality fur felt hoods from Hatters Millinery…

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