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  • Chapter One- Plus Ça change
  • Chapter Two- The Basics
  • Chapter Three- Buckram Hats
  • Chapter Four- Felt Hats
  • Chapter Five- Straw Hats
  • Chapter Six- Transparent Hats
  • Chapter Seven- Headdresses, Caps, that & that
  • Chapter Eight- The Hat Dictionary
  • Chapter Nine- Glossary
  • Chapter Ten- Sources
  • Chapter Eleven- Patterns
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors

Title: The Art of Making Miniature Millinery
Author: Timothy Alberts, M. Dalton King, and Pat Henry
Publication Date: HC:2002
Publisher: Hobby House Press, Inc.
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11 1/4" x 8 3/4"
ISBN: 0875886167

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. There are a few patterns in the back of the book that look like they laid their rough drafts on top of a copy machine, set a piece of colored paper on top of them for contrast, and made a photocopy. They show their personal notes in pencil marks, and one looks like it was cut out of butcher's paper, and has little pin holes where it was pinned to fabric - in fact, they look exactly like my patterns before I clean them up for public consumption! There are only 5 patterns in all given.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. While they may not give many patterns, they do go into great detail on how to construct hats for dolls. This includes photos of the step by step process for a variety of hat types - including 'straw' hats that look extremely realistic. There is a section showing a wide range of hats worn during various time periods.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. If you want to know how to make doll-size hats, this book is a must. It has a chapter on resources, a nice glossary, and a plethora of high quality photos that reveal the process of building these amazing millinery wonders.

SUMMARY- I think I said everything I needed to say with the Mechanics Rating. This is a first-rate craft book!