• Millinery Resources | LA & Other Places


    I grew up in Texas where I learned what some consider a very bad habit - telling everyone where you bought something! Here's an example of what I mean:

         Friend: Hey, that's a really cool skirt you have on!
         Me: Really?! I bought it at Target for only $15 and they have other colors!

    I've noticed that many designers don't like to share their resources for obvious reasons. But since I am really a hobbyist I don't have a problem telling you  where I have found awesome fabrics, ribbons or hat bodies. Below is a list of where I go to spend my money.

    Ribbons & Trims





    Michaels (MJ Designs)
    For decorative trims like bows, cockades and hat bands.

    JoAnn's
    For decorative trims like bows, cockades and hat bands.

    F & S Fabrics
    For silk, grosgrain, double sided, velvet, brocade, metallic and one-of-a-kind ribbons.

    International Silks & Woolens
    Silk, velvet, brocade and one-of-a-kind ribbon.

    FIDM
    Inexpensive ribbon on bolts

    Renaissance Ribbons 

    Gorgeous brocades, metallics...etc. But they sell wholesale in large quantities. Sometimes I can see something on this site and find it somewhere else by the yard.


    French General
    This beautiful store is run by a multi-talented woman who travels to France at least once a year (and other places) to dig through vintage supplies. The she stocks her store full of rare finds like hat bodies, antique appliques, vintage ribbons and hat frames. You can read more on her blog.



    Millinery Grosgrain Ribbon (Petersham)


    This ribbon should be cotton or a rayon/cotton blend so it will shrink when wet. (Make sure there is cotton!) It also has an edge with semi-circle bumps that allows it to curve more easily inside the hat without puckering.

    California Millinery
    This is not really a store for online shopping but rather an in-shop experience. There is a wall of grosgrain to choose from. Plus, tons of inventory to dig through.

    Hats by Leko

    Judith M


    Fabrics

    Michael Levine
    Michael Levine has a scrap department above their store that sells upholstery fabric. You can find great scraps or even bolts of material they sell by the pound. Plus, they often have thread, trim other odds and ends.

    F & S Fabrics
    For silk, grosgrain, double sided, velvet, brocade, metallic and one-of-a-kind ribbons.

    International Silks & Woolens
    Silk, velvet, brocade and one-of-a-kind ribbon.

    They have left over fabric on huge bolts at $1 a yard.

    Feathers



    Hollywood Fancy Feather
    This store is located in a warehouse in the Valley that smells like moth balls. But, if you have the courage to go there you will be rewarded with a large selection and the ability to pick out the feathers you want.


    Mother Plucker Feather
    Located in downtown Los Angeles this store has as much selection as Hollywood Fancy Feather. I suggest you call in advance for an appointment. Great prices for bulk.


    Sport Chalet or local sport store fishing Department 
    The best price for tails and pads. If you're looking for one long feather or pads with lot's of feathers you can get amazing finds in the price range of $3-$15.


    Kit Kraft
    This is one of those rare local stores that offers a variety of craft supplies. I drop in there if I need just one or two dyed ostrich feathers.


    Michaels (MJ Designs)
    look in the floral department for pre-arranged feathers


    Millinery Tools & Basic Supplies


    California Millinery
    This is not really a store for online shopping but rather an in-shop experience. There is a wall of grosgrain to choose from. Plus, tons of inventory to dig through.

    Hats by Leko
    Most comprehensive online supplier of millinery materials, sizing and tools.

    Judith M
    Excellent selection of hoods, straw and flat felt materials.

    Lacis
    Dedicated to many nearly forgotten arts, Lacis offer's unusual and hard to find tools.

    Michaels (MJ Designs) For glue (I use Fabri-Tac only), foam (8 inch ball for carving a round hat block...etc.) and other miscellaneous items for trim.

    How 2 Hats
    This website is a great resource. They list suppliers, teachers, classes, and events all over the world. I would highly recommend digging through their site for unusual material supplier lists, how-to books and inspiration.

    Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks
    My favorite hat block supplier. If you don't carve it yourself you can't beat these beautiful blocks.

    Wayne Wicher - 
    Hat Block Resource
    Wayne has a blog that offers lots of great ideas on where to purchase hat blocks.

    Search for items under "hat blocks" - "millinery hat blocks" - "millinery supplies" ...etc.
    Great for all kinds of supplies and inspiration.

    Let me know of your favorite places to shop.

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