Hat Academy's Blog Posts Tagged 'millinery how to' (33)

French Flower Making Course

Flowers are a favoured trim for headwear. This set of techniques will teach you how to tool silk and create your own French Flowers. All patterns are included in this course plus a detailed lesson on fabric stiffening. Now included with Hat Academy Studio subscription.

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New Essentials Course

Refresh your skills or learn something new. Now save 40%, receive 2 free lessons, a certificate plus materials kit and hat block discounts.
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INTERNATIONAL SAVINGS

Take advantage of the Australian dollar, calculate course price in your country with our new currency converter. 
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HAT CLASSES: CRINOLINE CREATIVE

Crinoline is often used as a trim but in this tutorial learn to transform it into a beautiful ethereal translucent brim by joining, wiring and binding.
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HAT CLASSES: WORKING WITH PARISISAL

A return to this traditional straw has excited milliners. Your customers will enjoy your parisisal hats & headwear as they are lightweight with complete sunblock. 
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HAT CLASSES: MAKE A HATINATOR

Unlimited fresh ideas abound for your headpiece when you are taught in this lesson to use crinoline, veiling, lace & just fabric for the total hatinator appeal.
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HAT CLASSES: LEAVES AS TRIMS

Revitalise your trims with creative leaves. In this lesson you learn how to make leaves in 14 different ways. Leaves can be added to a trim with flowers or without and add a classic touch to your headwear.

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HAT CLASSES: BUCKRAM WITH FABRIC

Mastering the inclusion of fabric will enable you to create  hats to co-ordinate with a clients outfits.  It allows you to create one off styles as there is a greater range of pattern & texture. Lesson 17 features the use of buckram with fabric, this class gives you unlimited possibilities.…

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Hat Classes - Pillbox Veiling

No pillbox is finished without veiling & a trim – all detailed in this lesson.
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HAt CLASSES: PARISISAL

The bias weave of a Parisisal Straw allows it to mould and sculpt onto a block readily. As a fine straw learn how to ensure a smooth finish that has strength with wire & stiffening.

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Hat Classes: Hatinator Techniques

Be trained to block basic shape then remould, twist, pleat, splice, embroider or braid. Unlimited fresh ideas abound with over 40 minutes in this lesson, learn to use crinoline, veiling, lace & just fabric for the total hatinator appeal.

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Hat Classes: Loops as trim

Loops & twirls add movement to the trim but they need to be strengthened to retain form. All the techniques are included in this lesson as well as how to create straw loops.
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Hat Classes: DOUBLE BRIMS

Learn how doubling your brim will add new millinery concepts especially if you use contrasting colours. All the practical tips are shared in this lesson.
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Hat Classes: Gatsby Cocktail Hats

Learn how to create and trim striking cocktail hats sure to turn heads at a Gatsby party plus add a popular style technique to your millinery know-how.
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Hat Classes: FABRIC COVERED DOME CROWN

Learn how to attach & finish off the edge, ready to add the brim to complete your hat style. A well fitted covering over a dome crown is best achieved if made in three pieces using silk fabric. Taking measurements from your block you learn to draft a pattern in three pieces to fit closely to the buckram shape you have made. …

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Feather Flowers

Learn how to create Feather Flowers and several other creative feather techniques.

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HAT CLASSES - WORKING WITH LOOPS

Loops & twirls add movement to the trim but they need to be strengthened to retain form All the techniques are included in this lesson as well as how to create straw loops.
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HAT CLASSES - COVERED DOME CROWNS

Learn how to cover small dome crown in silk using 3 piece pattern, fit the panels together on the buckram base.
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HAT CLASS HINTS - TRIM FOCUS

When designing your trim for hat or headpiece always lead the eye to a focal point. The eye will then move beyond that to view detail of your trim and assess the personality of the hat or headpiece. This is an important stage to market your creation.
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INTERVIEW WITH ELAINE



When Hat Academy's mentor Elaine Mergard is not working on filming new lessons or making hats, she teaches hands on at millinery workshops. Check out this interview with Elaine elaborating on her teaching process.

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