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"Hats are a great antidote to what's going on.

 It's really their purpose to put a happy face on a sad world."

~ Stephen Jones, Milliner for his exhibition

Hats: An Anthology at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Blocked hats are created on antique/vintage/new wood blocks to form the shape of a hat using fine millinery wools, straws and other fibers.  These are stretched and shaped on the wood hat blocks that give the hat its contour and personality. Then, it is trimmed, finished and adorned. There are almost unlimited ways to work, design, tweak, adorn, and blend crowns and brims together.

Custom Millinery Blocked Wool Hat purple
Custom Millinery Blocked Wool Hat pink
Custom Millinery Blocked Wool Hat blue with ribbon

I've searched high and low in the back corners of antique stores and closets for beautiful furs to adorn winter hats. The crown may be knitted or blocked, and the fur fits snugly down over the ears for protection and warmth in an exotic style. 

Please note: I do not support the fur trade: what I do is salvage older pieces and bring them back out into the world in all their glory.

Fur Cossack Hats red
Fur Cossack Hats brown
Fur Cossack Hats white

I hand-knit each hat, then felt it using hot water to shrink and bind the natural fibers. I use the very best combinations of yarns: alpaca, wool, llama, cashmere, mohair, silk, angora, and usually a little surprise as well. The result is a hat that is warm, rich, colorful, classy, fun, soft, flattering and versatile. Many will tolerate rain and snow, mostly dependent on the adornments. Knitting is a wonderful art form, full of promise, and felting brings out the richness and mystery of the yarns. 

Hand Knitted Felt Hat Brown with feather
Hand Knitted Felt Hat retro purple
Hand Knitted Felt Hat green with shell

Using fine millinery materials and techniques, the contours and flair of these beauties are created by sculpting, shaping, folding, lifting and manipulating them into their one-of-a-kind, full-of-personality forms.         

Hand scuplted wool green with button
Hand scuplted wool yellow green with beeds
Hand scuplted wool gray

There is a beautiful array of straw materials for hat making. Each performs differently and shows off it's own personality.

Straw hats blue
straw hats gray with yellow flower
Straw hat blue

These are lovely hats from earlier eras that I repair, clean, restore, and newly adorn. These stunners bring back the glamour from days gone by, and truly are precious pieces of women's history. 

If you have a treasured hat you'd like to have restored, please contact me.

Vintage hat - pink with black ribbon
Vintage hat - yellow straw
Vintage hat - pink

These colorful headbands may be adorned with extravagant fabrics items such as with velvet or silk flowers, or made to be worn every day.

Bandeaus - multi color
Bandeau red
Bandeaus - blue