Laura
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How to finish felt brim?

I've been experimenting with felt (am yet to find a good stiffener that leaves no residue but I remain hopeful!)My brim blocks dont have a string groove so I've been finishing with petersham ribbon.…Continue

Started Feb 5

Panama Toquilla straw

Hi, can anyone recommend where to buy panama/toquilla straw to make summer hats from? Ideally after white and natural colours, UK if possible! Would love if anyone could point me in the right…Continue

Tags: straw, toquilla, hat, summer, Panama

Started Jun 29, 2020

roll up starw hat?
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Any idea what material I should be looking for to make a roll up hat for the summer? one that cane be taken in a suitcase etc and will spring back into shape?Thanks!Continue

Tags: travel, capeline, paper, hat, panama

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jorge Ceme Joza May 12, 2020.

Blocking felt indents on trilby/fedora crown
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How do you block felt over the indents of a fedora or trilby crown block?I have pinned the felt into these indents previously but it leaves a pin hold mark in the felt. I have seen pressers used for…Continue

Tags: block, how, to, presser, blocking

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darryll Osborne Feb 26.

 

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Darryll Osborne replied to Laura's discussion Blocking felt indents on trilby/fedora crown
"Thankyou Elaine!"
Feb 26
Darryll Osborne replied to Laura's discussion Blocking felt indents on trilby/fedora crown
"Hi Laura, By far the best way to block the indents of a Fedora block is with a specially made presser. It forces the felt or straw into the block and keeps it there while drying. The best way to get a presser to suit your existing block is usually…"
Feb 22
Laura posted a discussion

How to finish felt brim?

I've been experimenting with felt (am yet to find a good stiffener that leaves no residue but I remain hopeful!)My brim blocks dont have a string groove so I've been finishing with petersham ribbon. Is there a knack to creating a turned under brim with felt?Any advice would be much appreciated!See More
Feb 5
Laura posted a discussion

Panama Toquilla straw

Hi, can anyone recommend where to buy panama/toquilla straw to make summer hats from? Ideally after white and natural colours, UK if possible! Would love if anyone could point me in the right direction! Thanks See More
Jul 1, 2020
Jorge Ceme Joza replied to Laura's discussion roll up starw hat?
"Hello I recommend you to work with Panama hats, preferably in natural color, it can be Cuenca or Montecristi, 10 wpi and up. I do not recommend you in colors because to make effect the ink, generally is used the peroxide that makes it fragile,…"
May 12, 2020
Laura posted a discussion

Blocking felt indents on trilby/fedora crown

How do you block felt over the indents of a fedora or trilby crown block?I have pinned the felt into these indents previously but it leaves a pin hold mark in the felt. I have seen pressers used for saucer hats and wondered if this was a good idea and where I could get one/ improvise with household items!Thanks!See More
Sep 27, 2017
Laura replied to Laura's discussion Straw for summer hat
"Thanks!"
Apr 18, 2017
House of Adorn replied to Laura's discussion Straw for summer hat
"Dear Laura,  Making a summer boater for taking on holidays sounds like a great idea! Parisisals can be a bit flimsy but you can try extra stiffener and wiring the brim to give it extra strength. Alternatively, you can try other types of straws…"
Apr 6, 2017
Laura posted a discussion

Straw for summer hat

I've made a few boater hats and perching boaters out of parasisal straw which is great for races etc.I want to make myself a summer boater for taking on holiday and was wondering what the best straw to use would be? Parasisal seems a bit flimsy if I was to take my hat to the beach etc.!any thoughts would be great!See More
Apr 6, 2017

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Elaine Mergard said…

Welcome to Hat Academy Laura. We hope you find the community inspiring, millinery is a wonderful creative art and in huge demand currently. We are committed to helping you add to your skills and any questions please message me.

To make the most of Hat Academy remember to read through the Welcome Page.

Enjoy, Elaine.

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