For the last few weeks I have spent my evenings trying to learn as much as I can about this sculptural craft. I’ve emailed designers for start-up advice on what materials to buy as a beginner, researched “how-to-guides” on creating basic hats and watched countless clips on YouTube!
I’ve even managed to get up to London for a one day ‘Introduction to Millinery’ course and made this little bundle of featheriness.
I have just ordered by first set of hat blocks (a combination cloche set), a button block for making fascinators, a small stash of sinamay (a woven fabric made from the stalks of a banana palm) and felt hoods (felt roughly shaped into a hat shape) so I can play, experiment and learn. Just a few weeks ago I had no idea that these words and terms even existed…..slightly scary how much this new ‘hobby’ and its little own language has become part of my every day existence?!?
I’m now at the point where I need to be brave enough to put my research into practice and just ‘get one with it’ – isn’t it amazing how many excuses you can find when you start doubting yourself?
Anyway, if you would like to know more on how I get on with this latest adventure or have any ‘top milliner’ tips to share, I would love to hear from you.
If you have recently become obsessed by a new hobby, send me a comment, it’s time to ‘spill-the-beans’!