So You Want To Be A Milliner!!… May 2017

So  You Want To Be A Milliner!!…  May 2017

So You Want To Be A Milliner!!… May 2017

So  You Want To Be A Milliner!!…  May 2017

Part 1.


I have just decided to bring you this prelude to some free millinery guidelines & tips in a series of regular monthly blogs that I am going to write on the website.


Thought it would be a good idea first to introduce you to the partial list of terms and then provide you with some projects to do which you will be able to copy or download and set you on your way to understanding this much maligned craft.


Please note that the list provided is not actually written by me but has been part of the course material that I learnt from when I first started Millinery some decades ago …and as with all things of passion…it is good to research!

Abacca: (Musa textilis) A plant grown in the Philippines that produces the fiber used in the production of sisal and sinamay.

Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s hat was a silk stovepipe (top hat) which was made for him by George Hall of Springfield, Illinois. He wore it because of the President’s lack of interest in his appearance!

Ammana: Large wound turban worn by Muslim’s.

Bandeau: A headband of material, structured or unstructured.

Baseball cap:  Cloth cap with  brim. Originally worn by baseball players ,now worn as a general leisure hat.

Beaver: A expensive felt hat made from felted beaver fur.

Bearskin: A large furry high crowned hat, which is part of a uniform worn by the Coldstream Guards

Beret: Cap made from felt, felted jersey or fabric with soft, wide, circular crown.

Best stuff: 19th century term for rabbit fur, including the backs and the best parts of the sides mixed together.

Bicorne: Hat of the late 18th and early 19th century: wide brims were folded up to form two points.

Biretta: Square cap worn by clergy the crown has three or four projections.

Block:  A wooden form used as a mould to shape, by hand a brim or crown.

Blocking: Is the term used to describe the action of molding a hat shape.

Boater: Flat-topped hat with small flat brim. traditionally, made of stiffened straw braid.

Bonnet: Women’s or girl’s head-dress, with deep brim and ribbons to tie under the chin.

Bonnet rouge: Red cap worn during the French Revolution as a symbol of liberty.

Bowler: Oval hat with round, rigid crown and a small, shaped, curved brim. Also known as a derby, because the style was made popular by the Earl of Derby in 19th century England.

Breton: Women’s hat with domed crown and brim turned-up all around.

Bridal veil: White or ivory veil worn during wedding ceremony.

Brim:  Projecting edge of a hat.

Buckram: Stiff netting used to make hats. May be blocked or sewn. Once used by milliners to make blocks for limited use.

Bumping: Term used for the process of final felting of a hood, further compressing and felting of hoods done in a bumping machine.

Calotte: A close-fitting skull cap as worn by the Roman Catholic Clergy.

Canadian Mountie’s Stetson: Official head-dress of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Canotier: Boater (French).

Cap: A hat with a small brim at the front.

Capeline: Roughly shaped crown and brim of felt or straw, to be blocked into hat shape.

Carroting: Preliminary treatment of wool or fur with acids, to curl the hairs. Produces a reddish-yellow colour which is the origin of the name.

Catherinette:  French term for milliners. Named after St Catherine the patron saint of milliners. The 27th of November is St Catherine’s Day.

Caul: Historical term for a a net or close-fitting indoor head-dress, or the plain back part of the same


……Love you some knowledge until next chapter!




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