Newsletter by Judith M Inc - A Millinery Supply House 
 Celebrating Twenty Years 
Issue 37 June 2014 
Knitted Copper Wire Samples
Base & Trim of WireKnitZ
by Laura Hubka Millinery
Find out more about the product by visiting our website Gallery and Shop.
Needlefelting with knitted wire mix media.
 Gunmetal #3000 with Beading.
#3000 mixed with Millinery trims 
Comments from you...
"Just wanted to express my satisfaction regarding my order. I am thrilled with the quality of items. Shipping was excellent  and can not wait to order again soon."
--Diane, Downy CA

"Thank you so much for expediting my small buckram order for me - it arrived here yesterday and honestly, buckram never looked so GOOD!" 
--Sally, S Harwich MA

"It's (Your site) really wonderful and easy to use and I'm really happy that I found it." 
--Emily, Sydney Australia

"Thank you for being such a great resource for myself and students in 2013. You have always been prompt, friendly, and high quality that I have come to trust." --Shurie, Granada CA


Our Studio entranceWorkshops
There are four classes remaining in our 2014 schedule, in the months of July, August, September and October. Time length runs one, two or three days. All skill levels can find a class to enter. Join us!

Sustainable Millinery
 - July 11-12

Making Flower Trims - August 1-2 

Blocking Buckram, Straw & Felt - September 19-20

Versatile Wire Frames & Lace Chapeaux - October 10-11   

This is the Twentieth year in business for Judith M. Starting back in the fall of 1994 I was not sure it would fly, but I had a dream and have been fortunate to see it take shape. To celebrate we have introduced a new logo and are holding a contest with our newest product, WireKnitZ. And we try to remember to slip a sticky note pad or pen in your package when shipping to you. A small way to thank you for helping us continue to grow.

We have a very useful article on the making of hat linings, written by the talented Susan Freese of Susan Freese Millinery. We offer a teaser couple of paragraphs in the newsletter. Read it in its entirety on our Blog on the website.
Judith Mishler
Judith M Inc - A Millinery Supply House  

"A good hat customer has a diversified personality. She wears a fedora sometimes, a cocktail hat other times, a hat to sell real estate in, a hat to find her third husband in, hats to hide under and hats to flirt under." 
-- Frank Olive 1985

WIREKNITZ New Product & Contest
It is exciting for us to introduce a colored copper wire to the Millinery world. WireKnitZ´┐Ż is an innovative copper wire tubular knit. It was designed with the jewelry artisan in mind but we have fallen in love with it as trim embellishment for hats. Stitch, roll, bead, braid, weave, layer, shape and reshape this pre-knitted wire - nothing goes to waste! And being the upcyclers we are, we love the ability to rework the wire creating something completely different than our original intention. And every scrap is useful. We are offering it in three styles, two widths, and a fine and heavy gauge wire. One does not need large amounts to make a statement trim. And it is easy to blend with other regular millinery materials. We have barely begun to experiment with combinations. You can see a couple of ideas here, and a few more on our website Gallery.  Visit the website store for more information on colors and costs.

To kick off sales we are holding a contest through our Facebook Page on using the WireKnitZ as trim on a hat. The contest runs now through August 14. There will be two winners. A Fan winner, for garnering the most votes on FB, will receive $25 of WireKnitZ product of choice. The Professional category winner will be selected by our judges and receive $75 of WireKnitZ product.  You may enter the same hat in both contests. To enter the Professional contest, contact us at

We need to thank Norma Melton, founder of WireKnitZ, for the donating the prizes. She loves her product and is pleased to be sharing it with a new audience.

Contest Rules:
  1. Limited to One Entry per person. 
  2. The contest is being run on our Facebook page. You must upload your photo, we will not load it for you.
  3. Three images are required for the Professional entry; a front angle view, a side angle view and a view of the underside. Only one photo for the Fan entry. 
  4. Deadline for entering is August 14 midnight.  
  5. Voting will begin immediately at end of entry deadline. One may vote once each day until contest ends one week later, at midnight August 22.   
  6. The hat can be made of any millinery material but must contain WireKnitZ in the embellishment and/or construction.  
Back in Stock - Multi Dot Sinamay
Finally, after a long wait, we have black multi dot sinamay available again. It is on a natural background and does have sizing. 
Hat Linings How-to
Our recent blog was written by Susan Freese of Susan Freese Millinery. It is a very informative article on making four types of linings for hats. A lining is good to have in a hat for several reasons: the lining can hide interior construction details; it can make a simple hat appear more luxurious; it can help prevent messy 'hat hair'; and it can protect hair from a rough hat interior.

Some fabrics are more preferable than others for use in hat linings. A fabric with body, such as taffeta or dupioni, will keep its shape. Fabric fibers should be breathable for wearing comfort and not prone to static cling, which would cause flyaway hair. Good choices would include natural fabrics like cottons, silks, rayons as well as acetate.

Linings can be sewn together either by hand or machine, though the final stage of insertion is best done by hand as the lining can be precisely positioned in the hat.


For the rest of the article click on the link:  

Blog: How to Make Hat Linings by Susan Freese 


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To paraphrase Monty Python, "The problem with the world today, There aren't enough people wearing hats."
-- C.M. Pieper