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Hats!: Make Classic Hats and Headpieces in Fabric, Felt, and Straw

by Sarah Cant

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This is one of those 'but...!' reviews.

The book is good - very good. The various styles and steps are explained carefully and with detailed attention to points usually glossed over. Basically, it is an exceptional text for millinery study.


But... it does assume you have the tools - specifically, hat blocks - for this. Hat blocks are (at least in Australia) expensive ($150 plus postage for a single block), difficult to source, and if you just want to 'try out' millinery this is probably more than most want to spend unless you already wear a lot of hats yourself and regard it as an invstment.

So, as a textbook/studyguide this is very good indeed.

As an introduction for the casually interested hobbyist ... a coffee-table inspiration and hints, unless you can find a cheap block or two.
  RSard | Oct 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312656866, Paperback)

Innovative milliner Sarah Cant takes you step-by-step through the process of creating many types of hats. Starting with felted hats and two simple classic shapes, a cloche and a trilby, Sarah shows how to use them as the basis for creating a range of different designs just by altering the shape or width of the brim or the crown, or by using different trimmings. Next you learn how to make lightweight hats from popular types of straw like sinamay (from the banana plant) or parasisal (from the sisal plant), perfect for classic panama hats or garden party confections. The final section shows how to make fabric-based hats, using materials like velvet, tweed, or silk to create classic shapes such as a tafetta pillbox, a tweed trilby, or a stunning velvet coolie.

With a final section on finishing techinques, making elegant headpieces and re-creating Sarah's trademark trimmings (incuding dyeing, shaping, arranging and attaching feathers, making fabric flowers, beaded and stitched embellishments and other trims) you will be able to finish your hat in style!

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A comprehensive and practical guide to the art of making contemporary hats and headpieces using traditional techniques. Includes color pictures and step by step tutorials.

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