As a new milliner, my craft/obsession needs to support itself. That means that my equipment/supply fund can be a little lean. I can be found daily digging through drawers, my husband's tool box, kitchen cabinets, flatware drawers, my potting shed, even my grandaughter's toy box looking for something, anything really that can be used to replace actual millinery tools.
Recently, while canning this year's harvest, and pondering the need for a steamer, the jiggling of the pressure canner jolted my brain giving me the perfect solution. I already had what I now fondly refer to as a poor milliner's steamer. By filling my pressure canner about half way full, I can produce a generous stream of steam that will provide enough steam for even the heaviest felt hoods. The small vent allows me to direct the steam wherever needed. I can even set a hood over the vent to moisten the inside of the hood for blocking. I would caution anyone using this method to be careful not to allow the hood to stay in contact with the aluminum lid too long, to prevent hood damage.
Ample steam escapes the vent and clings to a wool felt hat.
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