Sarah Havens' Profile
I am a milliner who designs and builds hats using two different methods of millinery. One is the traditional old-world method of hand blocking that uses felt or straw to create custom hats. The other method is called "cut and sew" in which I use custom drawn patterns and assemble the hat from fabric. Using these two methods and sometimes a combination of the two, I create hats for men and women for everyday wear and special occasions.
Hand blocking is a fascinating process of soft sculpture in which the application of steam to a shapeless felt or straw hood makes the fibers malleable, allowing the milliner’s hands and a wooden tool called a tollicker to freely form the material. While the formation of the body of the hat is a creative task that only the trained eye may perceive, the decorative trims added by the milliner projects her individual sense of form in a more spectacular way…
- Joined April 11, 2010