I’ve received many inquiries about how I make the wool hats that I often wear, so I’m finally doing a little behind-the-scenes look! First I’d like to say, this is not meant to be so much of a “tutorial,” as it is just an overview of the process. If you feel inspired to try millinery yourself, I recommend researching the various techniques- this is just what I came up with after my own research!
First: The supplies. I had the wooden hat block custom made to fit 18″ girls just right, plus it has interchangeable crowns and brims so I can create different styles (this one is going to be a cloche). I also need: plastic wrap to cover and protect the wood, 2 cords tied with slip knots, a piece of wool felt, water, a steam iron, and felt stiffener solution. The ribbon is a special millinery ribbon that can be pressed into a curve, which means it can be used to trim the edge of a hat if desired. I also use it to create a band inside the hat to keep it fitting just right.
Check back tomorrow to see how it turns out!