Four Lessons For The Newbie Milliner

Any worthy artist will tell you: Learning never ends. Whether self-taught or formally trained for a foundation, there are always opportunities to learn more, to discover new techniques, to refine a process. I’ve learned a ton about hat-making in my time as a milliner. And most of those things are…

Types of Straw

It’s summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, that is). And that means straw hats. But there are so many types! So here’s a brief overview. Felts range in price from moderate (wool), to pretty expensive (velour or melousine/long-nap rabbit fur felts), to most expensive (cashmere or beaver fur). But I generally…

The Way to a Milliner’s Heart

There’s one sure-fire way into any milliner’s heart: hat blocks! After I wrote last month about¬†how to learn millinery¬†someone left a comment asking where to buy hat blocks. That’s a question with a simple answer and a complicated answer. The simple answer is from one of the currently operating hat…