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Raffia Straw Golf Cap Making with Kathleen Gaffney

Kathy Gaffey of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is making a name with golf caps. She has always loved straw hats and when she picked up golf as a hobby she decided to create her own signature cap for wearing on the course.

Flat Pattern and Blocking Work with Lee St. Marie of St. Marie Studio

We carry a wonderful 100% Merino Wool Flat Felt made by National Nonwovens and our Autumn season makes the perfect time to feature it once again. Some of you may recall we ran a contest with it several years ago. Now we have even more colors available! It works up nicely whether being used in flat pattern work or blocked.

Repairing of Vintage Hat Blocks

How do you keep a block in tip-top shape? There are a few basic rules in block use that if followed, will keep your block looking like new or if an old block, keep it looking better than when it came home with you.

Update on WireKnitZ Hat Contest

 I hope you are busy creating your hat for our contest. Entries can be submitted anytime through October 23. There will be two winners. One winner will be chosen by fan votes on Facebook. This winner receives $25 WireKnitz of her choice and $25 credit at Judith M for products of choice. Contestants need to post their hat to our Facebook page for the contest.

Window Dressing For Beginners

Consider your storefront windows. Does the display draw people in to your shop? A window display is the aesthetic presentation of merchandise and props inside a shop/store window. The act of decorating and putting up merchandise in a store window is called window dressing. A shop window is part of your advertising.

The Case of the Broken Straw Hat

Rich wearing hat A recent question came from a chap that wanted to repair a straw hat. He had purchased the hat at an auction, loved the fit and look but it had some damage problems. The  panama hat close-up tries to show where the straw has been cracked from being compressed between 2 fingers when being put on by the original owner. I offered him some basic how to and he took it from there.

Hodge-Podge of Hints and How tos

Due to a leaky roof, I have been spending time going through stacks of papers as I re-file things. What follows are random tidbits of useful information I've rediscovered.

How do you make that thing stay on your head? Part Two

4.  Headbands      These have become a standard for many milliners as an attachment for fascinators. While their appeal is obvious—a simple, instant attachment with fool-proof placement of the hat on the head—they can still be a bit frustrating.

How do you make that thing stay on your head? Part One

Laura Whitlock exampleThose words give me a perverse thrill every time I hear them. My response? “It’s magic.” Of course a milliner doesn’t need magic to make a hat stay on a head, but a having a bag of tricks does help. I’d like to share with you a few secrets from my own bag of milliner’s tricks, gleaned from 25+ years of creating hats for my own line and for the stage.


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