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Ben Yƻsuf, Anna / The art of millinery: a complete series of practical lessons for the artiste and the amateur

Lesson XII: Trimming,   pp. 177-192 PDF (1.7 MB)

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                LESSON X11 
AVING learned the "making" of hats, we come 
      now to the trimming, which is the finishing touch 
      given by the artist milliner, and to which all that 
has been done before is merely preparatory-a setting, 
as it were, for the final achievement. This is that part 
of millinery that cannot be taught. It has been truly 
said, "Artists are born, not made," and it is just the 
same in the field of millinery art as in any other of the 
artistic professions. 
  But one may have a great gift and not be aware of 
it; we never know what we can do till we try, there- 
fore let every one make her best effort. First copy the 
best designs obtainable; study "lines," "pose," "eleva-
tions," combinations of color, combinations of ma- 
terials; the last two offer a vast field, and will bring 
out the true feeling of taste-good or bad. Lines 
change, as shapes change with the seasons; but no 
matter what the fashion of the hour, the lines of beauty 
do not change, they are as varied as the faces of the 
human race, but in every face and every fashion har- 
mony of line can be found. 
  Beginners make the mistake of overloading, thinking 
by the quantity of trimming to achieve a good effect, 
while a simple piece artistically posed is in better taste 
and gives the indefinable something called "style." 
  To pose ostrich plumes and tips gracefully is in itself 
a great achievement; and the milliner will not waste 
her time who takes an assortment of these of various 
lengths and modes of curl, and practices their arrange- 
ment in various ways on different shapes. She should 
make herself familiar with the various kinds of feath- 
ers, and never mix these on one hat (if it can be 
avoided). In the best grades this is not difficult, but 

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