Frequently Asked Questions

  • What counts as an extra material?

Our most frequently asked question last year was to do with the use of the 3 extra materials allowed in the rules of the competition. We’ve outlined some of the basics below to hopefully clarify any questions you may have.

We’re placing a distinction between “staple” materials versus “aesthetic materials” – i.e. if you are using a material for structural integrity or basic finishing, it will not be classed as an extra material.

Some staple materials in the Competition’s Racewear Category include:

– Wire (if used for structure and not as a feature or embellishment)

– Glue

– Stiffener

– Elastics, Combs

– Buckram, Interfacing and other interior or structural materials

– Haberdashery materials such as thread

Some staple materials in the Competition’s Wearable category include:

– The same staple items as in the Racewear Category if making a hat or headpiece

– Wire (if used for structure and not as feature or embellishment)

– Fastenings, zippers, hooks, clips and other jewellery fixings


If you decide to use a material that was included in the bag but in a different colour or style to the one provided for the competition, that will be classed as an extra material. If you decide you would like more of the same material that was provided, that will also be counted as an extra material.

Furthermore, if you decide to use a feather for example, 1 feather type in 1 colour will be considered as 1 extra material. 1 feather type in 2 different colours would be considered as 2 extra materials.

For smaller items such as beads, single feathers etc there is no quantity limit – e.g 100 silver seed beads would count as 1 extra item.

If you have any further questions about anything in the Competition, please do not hesitate to contact us at hatters.millinery@gmail.com, or call us at 1300 HATTER.