Title: FROM THE NECK UP : An Illustrated Guide to HATMAKING
Author: Denise Dreher
Availability: Yes, directly from the publisher http://www.hatbook.com/
First edition: 1981 (my edition seems to be from 1992)
200 pages, paperback
Price (as of the post date): USD 24.99 (not including shipping)
This is a book you must have if you are serious about making hats. A classic millinery book, offering information on design, materials, equipment, suppliers, stitches, pattern designing, foundation construction and covering, brim facing, edge binding, trimming, finishing, working with felt and straw, block making out of balsa wood, turban draping, renovation and alternations. It also have a very useful glossary at the end.
Although it’s a very technical book, the author does not expect you to have expensive materials or equipment, and often describes ways to do things without the professional equipment.
Denise Dreher was trained as a theater milliner, and next to the general millinery instructions she offers a lot of useful information about making theater and period hats. Personally I find that too much information never hurt anyone!
What I found more useful:
1. My copy of the book is spiral bound, making it very easy to keep open while working. It’s worth asking if the spiral bound is still available. (more…)