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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.

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.

Stepping Out With your Well Trimmed Hat

thumb of full flower trim  The mystery of trims unveiled. Sometimes a novice gets intimidated by all of the parts and pieces going into making a hat. Look for example at trimming out a hat. Is there really only one way to add veiling? To place a flower? To use horsehair?

Adding Life to Your Hat

The season is changing here in the Midwest, winter is almost upon us and we are looking to the holidays and our favorite headwear for everyday and special occasions. You may be putting away felt hats and bringing out straws or vice versa in your part of the world,  Either way, the change of seasons makes this a good time to talk about caring for a hat and how to keep your hat in wearable condition. As you put away hats for one season and bring out those for the next, take a moment to examine each hat for stains or damage. Taking time now will lengthen the hat's life.

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