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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (10 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408129027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408129029
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will inspire you to create individual headwear, showing you how to block hats and headpieces. finishing them with handmade trimmings. Filled with step-by-step sequences and inspiring photographs, this practical book offers detailed instructions for making hats and headpieces in felt, fabric and straw."
--Sew Today Mag (Feb 2011)

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Sarah Cant creates millinery and mixed media textiles from her studio in the Cotswolds, She trained in millinery at the Kensington & Chelsea College where she now teaches. She has shown her work at Origin, the Chelsea Craft Fair and London Fashion Week.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Chrichlow on 14 Mar. 2011
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Like the other reviewers, I do love this book. It has some brilliant ideas and there are simple instructions followed up with photos of how to do it. BUT, to make the hats you need hat blocks. These range from £50 to £80 a piece. Then there is the brim block and the materials. Please be aware. All the hats are made from scratch using hat blocks. Great if you are on a millinery course and you have access to them. Not good if you are at home - as far as I am aware, no one hires them out. Still love the book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hmg on 13 Dec. 2010
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This is a well written, well illustrated (with photos of each step) book that provides a really good introduction to millinery. As an advanced millinery student I have also found it helpful as a reference guide.

If you are interested in millinery, or would like something to refer to when you're a little stuck on the next step, definitely pick up this book! I've had it for a week and a half and have already used it a dozen or so times.

Good pictures with thorough steps. Really can't recommend enough!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Gaskett on 27 Dec. 2010
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Sarah Cant, has written a very easy to follow book on making hats. What I liked about this book is that it really does cover all the basic millinery skills, from millinery stitches, wiring, working with buckrum, felt and straw; including sinamy, warp and weft awareness, and pinning correctly. As a tutor at Kensington and Chelsea College, she is aware of the problems a student faces and explains everything straight forwardly, step by step. Instructions are given for making a ribbon rouleaux and a template is included for various flower decorations. The hat designs given are the basic shapes that include cloche, trilby, coolie and mini beret; all classic shapes that can be altered and manipulated for a more original design. A very practical and extremely helpful book for aspiring milliners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mangomoon on 2 Sept. 2011
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I have found this book incredibly helpful. Ive done two short courses so have had materials, techniques and hat form shown to me (at beginner level). With the knowledge from courses, I have been able to make sense of this book. It is a well set out book, excellent step by step guide in word and photograph and therefore fulfils its role. I simply think that without any teaching it would be hard to achieve the types of hats in this book because they need some technical ability which I think is best learnt through demonstration and teacher guidance initially. Also some of the materials needed in this book are not cheap so probably much more suited to those investing in hat making rather than just as a little past time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By itsgoodtotrynewthings on 23 Dec. 2010
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Thinking about trying something new always makes me smile -the outcomes aren't always the same. This book really helped bridge the gap of having lots of ideas and making them happen - it's a helpful hands of book which takes you step by step through the process of putting together a hat - I've only tried one of the many designs are was pleased to find there were any of those annoying but where, how, it doest bend like that moments that im sure we all know to well in following someone else's instructions - what can I say more than it does what it says on the tin
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By collette on 16 Jan. 2011
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I was really looking forward to this title as I loved the Karen Henrikson hat book which I found accessible to all levels of students and had something to learn for the more accomplished milliner. But maybe because the Henriksen book was so good, this had a lot to live up to and I feel isn't at the same level. Simple things have been missed like a stockist list and some of the instructions are quite complex even for someone who knows what they are doing. I loved the trims section at the end i thought that was inspiring and opened up new ideas and options to develop the designs presented in the book. It is a good book for millinery students as it is very difficult to buy the old books.
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