Millinery is the art of making hats by hand using wooden head blocks and simple hand-sewing techniques. In this 2 day class you will make your own, one-of-a-kind hat using natural woven straw material and an assortment of trim materials.
Design techniques are based on the free-form blocking and draping techniques that were used during the 1920’s to the 1940’s when women were making their own hats to cut costs and introduced innovative styles into the world of fashion. You can make an original version of a classic design, or combine different hat shapes to invent your own free-form sculpted design.
If you have a specific idea of a hat you would like to make or lines that you would like to evoke, such as architectural designs, photos of flowers or landscapes, please feel free to bring images or hats from your own collection to this class. You may also bring any feathers, jewelry, buttons or fabric that you would like to use.