Getting into the business of hat making and millinery can take time. Many of my millinery friends, including myself, never made the conscious decision to become milliners. This has something to do with the fact, that there were not many millinery teachers around when we were in our early twenties. We had no internet and hence no Youtube. The word Fascinator had no meaning and the word Milliner was trying desperately to uplift itself, from the grave.
The idea that I could learn a dying trade intrigued me. I appreciated that once I learned a trade, no person could take that away! As a youngster, my family traveled extensively, which influenced me in choosing a career that would travel well too. I also loved the idea of working as a self-employed person. That idea excited me.
Then I started to look around at the multitude of possibilities for a career path. They were endless. Being of the stubborn sort, I also knew that I had to teach myself. If I had a teacher from the beginning, I would not have continued. I don’t like being told what to do, as if there were only one way it could be done. Creativity comes through when you test multiple options and sequences.
Getting into the Business of Hat Making and Millinery Today
Today things are quite different. Millinery has taken back her position. The Internet offers a variety of free and paid courses to suit your ability. You can take a multitude of physical courses with reputable, highly innovative millinery masters. The Millinery trade been rejuvenated. It is also breaking new ground with experimental materials and illustrious symbolism.
I was interested in getting into the business of hat making and millinery, because there are two defined ways of making a hat, Blocking and Sewing. There was never a time that I thought, ‘Now I know everything!’ The more I learned, the more I realized, I hadn’t even scratched the surface. There is always a new style or new technique to learn. As I have stated before, it took me 19 years before I felt comfortable calling myself a Milliner. I felt that until I had a good grasp of blocking and sewing, I was a hat maker.
From Hatmaker to Hatter to Milliner
Once I felt comfortable about knowing that I could produce whatever was being asked of me, I graduated myself into the Milliners’ realm. This is probably the reason why I am such a stickler in defining the difference between a hat maker and a milliner. Defining the difference between a milliner and a hat maker is important for the customer to understand. If a hat is blocked using hydraulic blocks for mass production, every stitch sewn with a machine and trimmed with a feather, then it is the work of a hat maker. If the hat is hand blocked, using wooden blocks, and stitched by hand, it is the work of a milliner. Mass-produced products do not qualify for millinery work and it is important to customers to discern the difference.
To be clear, you can not be a milliner without having studied years of hat-making. You can be a hat maker without millinery skills. If you are interested in learning the difference between the two clicks on 888888888888.