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Parasisal Straw from Block to Finish
February 3 - February 4
In this two-day workshop, students will make a brimmed hat of parasisal straw, a popular handwoven straw of agave fibers with a lovely sheen and a 2×2 weave. You will choose a crown and brim from my wooden hat block collection, then use steam to shape the straw over the forms. Once dry, students will sew in a sweatband, then wire and finish the brim edge. Finally, we will discuss trims and how to make design decisions for impact and balance as well as how to secure common millinery trims to a brimmed hat.
The class fee of $350 includes all basic supplies – parasisal capeline, wire, grosgrain, thread, etc. Students should bring trim options such as silk flowers, feathers, veiling and ribbons, or plan to purchase from my stock trims.
Registration for Friday’s workshop is suggested. Students who opt for only the Saturday/Sunday course will be doing a rolled-edge finish on their parasisal hat.