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Growing pains

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bridget Early Feb 19, 2014. 4 Replies

My business has outgrown my work space, but not quite ready to build a separate studio. I have now expanded from a small bedroom into the front room and family room. I will admit I am one of those…Continue

ratio of large hats to small hats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bridget Early Oct 20, 2012. 6 Replies

I am new to selling at events and just spent two days selling at a professional women's event.  I learned that I would have a table at this event just 4 days prior, so I didn't have time to really…Continue

Do you get overly attached to some of your hats?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bridget Early Oct 30, 2012. 16 Replies

There are times when I think I have an unhealthy attachment to my hats.  I want each and every hat to go to a good home where they will be appreciated.  I didn't realize how important this was to me…Continue

Never used a block like this before.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bridget Early Nov 11, 2012. 17 Replies

OK, mentors, I recently purchased this hat block and haven't used one of these more rounded blocks before.  Am I going to  have trouble getting the hat off of this block, if so, what tips can you…Continue


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Do you get overly attached to some of your hats?

There are times when I think I have an unhealthy attachment to my hats.  I want each and every hat to go to a good home where they will be appreciated.  I didn't realize how important this was to me until I recently sold one of my free form hats that I had lovingly formed, stiffened and added touches of what I considered beautiful lace.  I sold the hat at an event where several women had commented about how beautiful and unique it was.  Several tried the hat on and found it beautiful, but out…See More
Jan 10
Bridget Early replied to Maureen Prairie's discussion Lining shaped domes
"I line all my felts and furs.  There are many ways to line hats.  I generally cut fabric to fit the shape of the hat.  The lining is attached to the hat under the sweatband with even stitches, for a neat presentation."
Feb 13, 2018
Adrienne Bennett commented on Bridget Early's photo

Orange Lace Derby Hat

"great idea ladies thanks for the tips"
Jan 31, 2018

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I Love Hats Because?
They can be the ultimate expression of an individuals personality.
About Me
I am a self taught milliner. When I decided to learn the craft of millinery, I studied vintage designs and shop training manuals from the 1920s. I had been designing clothing for over 30 years, so making hat patterns and designing hats came naturally. It seemed a logical extension of clothing design to complete a look.
I am one of those individuals who has a burning need to create and design. I find that there is nothing more satisfying than bringing my own visions to life. Today, I design and create whatever is driving me at that moment in time. I like to work with a variety of media and each project becomes an adventure to me.
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How Important are your hands and Wrists?

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 2:56am 4 Comment

As a milliner, how often do you think of the importance of your hands and wrists?   Of course, we all know that we need strong hands to block, but during your typical daily activities how often do you think, "I better not do that, I could hurt my hands or wrists?"  If you are anything like me, you cut, chop, pull, push, and generally use and abuse your hands, wrists, arms, and yes, even your ribs. all day, every day.  That is until that fateful day.

Who knew a regular daily activity…


Karma Dickerson, WHAS 11 Louisville, wearing one of my derby hats

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 3:30am 0 Comment

Karma Dickerson, WHAS 11, interviewing one of the more colorful characters at the Kentucky Derby infield.  Karma needed a hat that was unique, fit her personality, and met all the requirements set forth by the news station. One of those requirements was that her face be visible.  I achieved that by creating a hat that could be worn turned to the side and back. The sheer brim also allowed her face to be seen…


Today's Woman hat feature

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:36am 1 Comment

Check out the April 2013 edition of Today's Woman Kentucky Derby issue for some beautiful hats, including one of mine on page 44. Anyone else in this edition? Speak up, so we know which are yours!

Poor Milliner's Steamer

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:00am 6 Comment

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…


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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Bridget !

I am glad you are enjoying Millinery so much. Great to see you add the hats to RSS feed. You have an eye for detail.Looking forward to sharing some exciting ways to create flowers from silk and leather all dyed with tonal colours in new lessons.

Feel free to share your hat or headpiece creations, join in or start a hatters discussion. 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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