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In "Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin, readers are invited into a world of creativity and self-expression through the craft of hat-making. With detailed instructions, inspiring photographs, and helpful tips, Martin offers a comprehensive guide for beginners and seasoned hat enthusiasts alike.

One of the strengths of this book lies in its ability to capture the art of hat-making in a fun and accessible manner. Martin's writing style is engaging, with clear and concise explanations that make even complex techniques seem approachable. Whether readers have prior experience or are complete novices, they will find the step-by-step instructions remarkably easy to follow.

Moreover, Martin's expertise in the field shines through in the depth of knowledge he imparts. He not only covers the basics of hat construction, such as choosing materials and measuring head sizes, but also explores more advanced techniques like blocking and embellishing. This comprehensive approach ensures that readers will have all the necessary skills to confidently create hats that reflect their individual style.

Additionally, the vibrant and beautifully shot photographs in the book add an extra layer of visual inspiration. The author's knack for incorporating diverse designs and materials ensures that readers will find plenty of ideas to fuel their own creativity. From classic styles to more avant-garde creations, Martin offers a range of options that cater to different tastes and occasions.

As with any craft book, it's important to note that success in hat-making depends on practice and patience. While Martin's instructions are detailed, some readers may find it necessary to refer to additional resources for more specific techniques or troubleshooting. Nonetheless, the author's clear passion for the craft shines through on every page, encouraging readers to persist and experiment, ultimately fostering a sense of accomplishment and personalized achievement.

In conclusion, "Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin is an excellent guide for anyone interested in exploring the art of hat-making. With its accessible instructions, comprehensive coverage, and inspiring visuals, this book provides a solid foundation for readers to embark on their own creative hat-making journey. Whether as a hobby or a means of self-expression, this meticulously crafted guide is a valuable resource for anyone looking to add a touch of personal style to their headwear.

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Director of Domestic Arts Department of the Minneapolis Y.W.C.A.; Designer, Demonstrator and Instructor in Millinery

Illustrated by E. E. Martin


Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company The Riverside Press Cambridge

Copyright, 1921, by Gene Allen Martin All Rights Reserved The Riverside Press Cambridge ยท Massachusetts Printed in the U.S.A.


Hat making is an art which may be acquired by any one possessing patience and ordinary ability. To make a hat for the trade is not as difficult as to make one for an individual; neither is it so high a phase of art.

Many rules are given for crown height, brim width, and color, as being suited to different types of faces, but they are so often misleading that it seems best to consider only a few, since the becomingness of a hat almost invariably depends upon minor characteristics of the individual for which there are no rules.

A girl or woman with auburn hair may wear grays gray green, cream color, salmon pink; a touch of henna with gold or orange; mulberry if the eyes are dark.

The woman with dark hair and blue or dark eyes may wear any color if the skin is clear.

One having dark hair and eyes and a sallow skin may find golden brown, a pale yellow or cream color becoming possibly a mulberry if just the right depth... Continue reading book >>

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