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 200 photographs, sketches, and clear guidance from Sophie Beale combine to offer you over 20 activities, with instructions for 11 complete headpieces and hats, including straw hats, boaters, felt hats, veils, and more. The projects are carefully planned to make them easy to digest, each focusing on different, interchangeable materials and methods.