'Contemporary Millinery' Hat Design & Construction Book by Sophie Beale


A fresh and enticing introduction to the art of millinery, blending modern design and refined techniques with trusted traditional methods. Clear and concise, this book has been compiled with all budgets and a variety of skill levels in mind.

Explore core millinery materials through a series of techniques based on a single wooden block and sculptural hand-sewn, flat patterned hats. Learn how to push the boundaries of your equipment through creative thinking and nurture your own design ability with milliner-specific design advice and exercises. You’ll also learn ways of working sustainably

More than 450 photographs, sketches and clear guidance from Sophie Beale combine to offer you over 20 activities, with instructions for 10 complete headpieces and hats, including straw, sinamay, felt, fabric and leather hats, plus veiling, additional trims and more. Each project has been carefully planned to ensure a different set of materials and methods are covered in every one.

The book includes helpful indicators for skill level, a list of common millinery terms, trouble shooting guide, suppliers list and pattern library.

Paperback, 160 pages.