How to make a Buckram Hat Block

As a Milliner on a tight start-up budget, I’ve recently made some buckram brim blocks. They are basically moulds of more expensive wooden forms which you ‘block the fabric’ on to give the hat its shape.

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A Step by Step Guide to Making a Felt Cloche Hat

Felt cloche with side swept brimStep 1: Select the blocks you are going to use to shape the fabric and cover them in plastic. Make up a water-based stiffening solution (8:1 for felt). Soak the felt hood in this stiffening solution.

Step 2: Stretch the felt hood and pull the base of the hood over the brim block. Pin the hood roughly in place (North, South, East, West) to hold in place. Continue reading

A Step by Step Guide to making a Sinamay Hat with an up turned brim

sinamay hat from frontI have recently been to London to learn about traditional Millinery techniques from the great Rose Cory. Rose is often referred to as the “Milliners Milliner” and during her forty year career and has made fabulous hats for many celebrities including the late Queen Mum.

I’m writing this post as a personal record / memory jogger of how I made my Sinamay Hat under Rose’s guidance. What has become apparent over the last few months is that there is no right or wrong way to make a hat, every millinery has their own preference, tips and techniques. If you have any of your own, please send me your comment – I would love to know. Continue reading

My Mandala Flower Crochet Rainbow Clock

Crochet Mandala Flower Rainbow ClockDo you have a “must make list”? A crochet clock has been on mine for ages!

With a crochet hook in my holiday hold-all, a clock mechanism sourced from a local charity shop and Barbara’s of Made in K town amazing Mandala flower pattern (found via Lucy’s recent Attic 24 post) the time was right!

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Free, Quick and Easy Knitted Head Warmer Pattern – Ideal for Beginners!

Knitted Head warmerAs promised – here is a super quick and easy knitted head warmer pattern. Like my recent crochet headband pattern I’m using Patons Fab Big Super Chunky Yarn  – when knitted on 10mm needles a 8 stitch width row gives you a 10cm wide piece of fabric.

Cast on 35 stitches. Continue reading