Many shapes could be classed as ‘vintage’ but here we have two ranges of blocks that definitely fall into this category. One set of minature crowns and brims and another of what we call ‘midi’ blocks. Both have the handy advantage of fitting any head size!

During 2012 and early 2013 up-cycling milliner Jane Fryers created a stunning series of hats (pictured below) using a number of these blocks, and detailed instructions of the making of all of these are featured in 6 issues of HATalk emagazine.

Vintage style hats by Jane Fryers

Jane has wonderfully demonstrated how much variety can be achieved from a few blocks both in terms of styles and materials. The articles in HATalk are well worth investigating, you’ll be amazed at the detail and craftsmanship of Jane’s work. All photos are by Wilson London Images and clockwise from top left are ‘A Hat with No Name’ (Issue 82) made with CB60 & BB62, ‘Silk Route’ (Issue 78) made with CB62 & BB62,  ‘In the Swim’ (Issue 79) made with CB62,  ‘Cashmere Cowboy’ (Issue 82) made with CB60 & BB61, ‘The Bride’ (Issue 77) made with CB62 & BB61, and ‘Last Christmas’ (Issue 81) made with BB61.
Jane said “The blocks are lovely to work with.  It’s been such an interesting project and so many nice things have come from it”.

Many thanks for the two small vintage crown blocks which I received this morning.  They are almost too beautiful to use, but no doubt I will overcome this reticence! Helen Thorne – UK

Other blocks compatible with the vintage smalls above


Midi Blocks

This is a range of approximately two-thirds size blocks that will sit on top of the head rather than fitting lower down as normal. We started with the mini topper and brim below and have been adding more over the years. Keep a look out for more coming soon and if you’ve any ideas then do let us know.