I must admit that hat making is way beyond my realm of crafting. I have decorated an existing hat a time or two in my life, made some pretty fancy headbands and even some ornate ear muffs – but, hats from scratch I have never tried. However, now that I have a copy of Hats: Make Classic Hats and Headpieces in Fabric, Felt and More by Sarah Cant in my hot little hands anything is possible. Would you like to give hat making a whirl? Read on and I’ll tell you how to win a copy!
Blocking, Trimming, Finishing all the lingo of milliners is covered in Hats. Once you start flipping through the pages and looking at all the step by step pictures and reading all the easy to follow instructions hat making suddenly does not seem so daunting.
Several different shapes and styles of hats are covered in the book. The classic cloche, pillbox, coolie and trilby for example. I’m a fan of the smaller headpieces and head domes that resemble fascinators.
Not only are several styles of hats covered, so are several different materials. Using a steaming tea kettle you will learn to shape felt. Did you know there was such a thing as straw stiffiner for light weight summer hats? Rice bags are not only good sashets and eye pillows they help shape hats as well. See what I mean? I feel so well versed in hat making already
Sarah Cant lives in Oxford, England. She has show her fabulous work at places like The Chelsea Craft Fair, London Fashion Week and Origin. She even teaches millinery at the Kinsington & Chelsea College. Her style seems to run the gambit from traditional to trendy. Some of the hats you might wear to the Kentucky Derby or on Easter Sunday others would fit in perfectly at a cocktail party or night out with the girls.
Have you always been Isabella Blow, but would like to try to be Phillip Treacy? Well now is your chance. You have a week to leave me a comment about hats. Do you wear them? Have you ever knit a beanie? Do you collect vintage ones like me? Any hat comment will do and we will put a copy of Hats: Make Classic Hats & Headpieces in Fabric, Felt and Straw in the mail for you.