Tip of the Hat to Hat Makers – 10 Titles Celebrating the Fine Art of Making Hats!
By Annie St. Francis
Hat-making, also called millinery, is the design and creation of hats worn throughout history, around the world, across cultures, and by people of all ages. These might be feathered or furry. Straw, felt, fiber, or leather. Hats may be practical or imaginative, functional or fun. They may have ribbons, bows, and other fanciful adornments. Hats are worn by those presenting themselves in official capacities, attending formal engagements, or otherwise celebrating festive events. Berets, bonnets and beanies. Fedoras, flat caps, and fascinators. A Gatsby, Glengarry, or Garrison. Peach basket hats, the wide brimmed picture hats, pillbox hats, and pilgrim’s hats. There are so many possibilities, and a special hat for everyone.
By Judy Bentinck
This inspirational book about the art of millinery is also an instructional guide aimed at anyone interested in hats, millinery, fashion, and costume design. Making hats is an exciting and highly imaginative craft, with endless possibilities for creative flair and innovative design. This book leads readers through the process, explaining the materials, tools, and equipment, before introducing a variety of hat types. Drawing on her rich experience, the author generously shares her ideas and advice so that you can achieve a professional finish and make a design that flatters the wearer and completes an outfit. This guide introduces stitching, shaping, and sewing techniques–the essential skills of millinery–and advises on design, where to find inspiration, and how to fit a hat. There is information on blocked hats, headpieces, fascinators, and cut and sewn hats, as well as further ideas for trimmings, such as bows, additional felt, veiling, flowers, and much more. With beautiful photographs and clear instructions, this book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to design and make a hat for a daily outing, a special occasion, or a costume.
By Kathryn Fulton
Timeless patterns for 21 hats- Updated with modern terminology and yarn information- Styles for all tastes and ages- Difficulty levels range from easy to experiencedA collection of classic, stylish knitted winterwear from the craft’s rich past. This book presents 21 patterns for hats for men, women, and children, all updated with modern terminology and abbreviations. From classic fair-isle snow hats to slouchy brimmed caps, there is something here for every taste and skill level.
By Bobbi Heath
Six seductive 21st century hat designs reminiscent of the Downton Abbey or Jackie Kennedy eras. A stunning felt hat is the perfect accessory for any occasion – from an everyday addition to your winter wardrobe to a head-turning statement piece for a special occasion. In this practical and informative guide, expert milliner Bobbi Heath shows you how to make felt hats in six different styles to perfectly complement any outfit, including a fabulous floppy hat, cloche, bucket, pill box, cap and button. Bobbi starts with the basics of how to measure your head, then talks you through the secrets of stiffening the felt, using steam to mould your fabric, and blocking. Learn invaluable stitching and edging techniques, then have fun experimenting with trimmings to make your hat unique. This practical book will appeal to all hat lovers and anyone looking for an easy introduction to the art of millinery.
By Woolly Wormhead
International hat-knitting icon Woolly Wormhead is known for her unique, innovative hat designs and is followed the world over by avid fans. This collection of her work includes patterns for 22 of her designs: 12 patterns for women, 5 men’s designs, and 5 hats for kids. The special elements in her designs–such as cables, textures, and colorwork–mixed with the “how’d she do that” types of construction she is famous for, are what set her designs apart and make them extra-fun to knit. In this book, Woolly also gives plenty of hat-knitting tips, as well as helpful hints on how to choose your most flattering hat style. Grab some gorgeous yarn, choose a favorite hat pattern, and cast on.