Thursday, May 13, 2010

Free Online Millinery Books and Other Millinery Resources

Those that are new to millinery often have a hard time finding millinery documentation, especially free documentation.  So, here are a few books and other resources, some not so free.  Some of the book resources were linked to in previous blog postings.  Although I distinguish costuming from couture millinery, I'm adding costuming links hoping that you will find some useful millinery information on those sites. 

Above is one of my feathered hats:  velvet over a buckram frame, trimmed with feather yardage.

Hat Books

 Books and Many Other Resources
The Costumer's Manifesto

Hat Blocks
Hat Supplies

New 5/18/10  Jay Gerish Co. (minimum 10 dozen...but that 10 can be less than one in some places, check out their closeouts!).

New 5/18/10  World Hat Company (wholesale only; felts, straws, including great panamas).

New 5/18/10  New York Bonnet Wire Co. (also carry millinery wire; will not break up a box.  One box contain 20 60-yard-rolls of #19 cotton covered wire (you can get any size and different kinds, etc.).  The price is really, really, really reasonable..!  How many friends do you have?  Perfect for instructors.

Hat Tutorials
Blogs Offering Tutorials
Examples of Great Couture Millinery

I will be adding to this blog, and I also invite you to do the same.  I'm looking for high profile sites offering useful information, as well as sites that have great information but would not necessarily show up in a Web search.



  1. Lee, first of all, I love the hat. It does sound amazing and I suspect it looks even more spectacular in person. Secondly, thank you so very much for the names of valuable resources in millinery. They are always such a treasure especially here, in the US, where millinery supplies and books are difficult to find.
    Thank you for the wonderful words under my Atelier post. I have put so much effort into it and appreciate every compliment!:-)I would absolutely love to have you as my guest any day!:-)I am wishing you wonderful day.:-)

  2. Thank you so much. I really would like to visit, and perhaps after I retire I will do just that. Again, I also appreciate your comments, especially coming from such a wonderful milliner. My desire is to reach those that find it hard to find help. I believe it's creativity that sets us apart, not sharing.

    Those shoes are nice....

  3. Saturday Night Hat by Eugenia Kim is a great read; very easy hat-making projects

  4. Thanks Julie,

    I have that one. Great for quick and easy hats.


  5. suedewhurstmilliner@hotmail.comMarch 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    what is the fabric you americans call paris cloth made of please, I have been a milliner since graduating in 1967..never heard a fabric named that, I have worked for very famous designers in london and paris so would appreciated the introduction to this product or just learn that the americans call some thing we use by a differnet name many thanks sue

  6. Sue,

    Unfortunately, it takes years for us here in the States to catch up with the rest of the world when it come to new millinery materials. I've never worked with it, but I can direct you to the person selling this product-- You can also view this video on my site-- get an idea how it is manipulated.

  7. I want to teach making fascinators. It is useful. We run one stop millinery material. We would like to hear from all of you.

    Thank you,

    The team

  8. Millinery materials is pretty important for my business. I make bespoke fascnators/hats for my clients. They only place low qty to me. Now I can get low MOQ from your website. Amazing!