Welcome, you are on the buckram hat frame index page by Kay's Art of Millinery. Here you will find a large selection of buckram hat frames created from a collection of more than one hundred wooden crowns and brims blocks. In many cases these hat frames are different from others offered because they are hand-blocked and created from my personal collection of wooden hat blocks.
To those new to the covering process, many milliners use buckram to make hats because they can be worn year round. In addition buckram frames are perfect for new milliners,costumers, arts pertaining to fashion accessories, those not having blocks, and those wishing to cost effectively learn the covering portion of hat making. These and all hat frames are considered unfinished because they lack outer coverings, linings... and embellishments for those wishing to add them.
For those unfamiliar with buckram, it is a woven cotton fiber that has been stiffened. It can be molded into various shapes, and is used in costumes and numerous other products. In this particular case we use wooden hat blocks, buckram, and other supplies to create hat shapes.
Buckram can be covered with almost any type of pliable fabric in addition to feathers and other materials. It can also be covered and coordinated to match wearing apparel and many vintage hats made using buckram still exist after more than 50 years.
The hat frames on covered hats page will give you ideas of styles that may be achieved using these hat shapes. Those extra ordinarily creative people can use these frames to make styles no one else has because most of the hat frames on these pages are NOT sold or produced by other milliners.
All frames will be shipped parcel post within two business days of the order and payment receipt. If for any reason they cannot be shipped within that time period, you will be notified and have the option of waiting or having your money refunded.