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April 2020

Versatile Wire Frames Workshop

April 2 - April 4
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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The creation of wireframes may be the most versatile of all millinery techniques.  Crafted of millinery wire covered with fabric or wrapped with a variety of materials, they can be the basis of everything from traditional transparent hats to avant-garde masterpieces.  Wire cutters, pliers and basic sewing notions are the only tools needed to create these wide-ranging chapeaux! In this three-day workshop, milliner Laura Whitlock will guide students through the process of creating, covering and finishing one wire-frame hat. Students…

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Leather & Silk Flowers

April 4 - April 5
Textile Study Guild of San Diego San Diego, CA United States

Tutor: Galina Kofod Students will go through all the stages of creating flowers from silk and leather. This will include the preparation of materials, dying them, making patterns, assembling and finishing techniques. In this workshop, the students will have the opportunity to learn a famous Japanese flower making technique, Somebana. This enables the students to individualize each and every flower. The flowers made using this technique look much more realistic than flowers made with traditional flower making techniques. Based on the  Japanese silk flower making…

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May 2020

Leather Feathers Headpiece with Jane Stoddart

May 2
East Village Hats, 80 E 7th st
East Village, NY 10003 United States
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Combine one of millinery’s favorite motifs, the feather, with the millinery material of the moment, leather! In this class you will create or copy a pattern for a feather, in leather, which you will then wire and hand cut. Experiment with complementary textures and colors with your leathers. Learn how to shape and sculpt your leather feathers, and how to arrange and attach them to a headband or hat, for a striking, contemporary piece. Basic sewing skills required - All…

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Silk Abaca Halos & Headbands with Jane Stoddart

May 3
East Village Hats, 80 E 7th st
East Village, NY 10003 United States
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In this class you will learn how to handle beautiful lustrous silk abaca! We will plan, cut, and finish pieces then form them into a striking and beautiful woven or knotted halo which will be stitched onto a hand bound headband. Simple, chic, and so effective! Basic sewing skills required - All Materials included

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Couture Leather Blocking Workshop

May 14 - May 16
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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The magically seamless shapes of blocked leather offer exquisitely smooth, sculptural hats, which also serve as elegant bases for embellishments. These traditional techniques for blocking light-weight leathers were passed down by an artist/milliner from the Balenciaga Fashion House in Paris. Combined with tips and variations Eia has developed over three decades while working with headsize allowances, using alternative under-blocking materials and creating complex blocked crowns and brims in leather. In this 3-day workshop, 1-3 blocked leather pieces will be completed;…

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Felt Fedora

May 15 - May 16
MilliStarr Austin, TX United States + Google Map

In this 7.5 hour class, you will learn how to make a classic fedora, working with a dress weight fur felt and using millinery blocking techniques. Students will use a steamer and iron to shape the fur felt hat body over a domed crown block then press a flat brim. The technique allows you to hand sculpt a variety of crown shapes including traditional fedora creases and bashes, or you can be more creative and free form with your design.…

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June 2020

Millinery Design 1 – weekly

June 5 - June 27
Austin Community College, 6101 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752 United States
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This course provides an introduction to basic millinery materials, tools and techniques, as well as common styles, design and fit guidelines. Students will design and complete 2 fascinators and 1 hat in this class, and will learn the skills necessary to make their own sinamay fascinator bases, as well as both blocked and framed buckram hats for fashion, theater and historic reproduction. Please bring lunch/snack for quick 15-minute lunch break. Tutor: Laura Del Villaggio

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Yards of Fun Workshop

June 11 - June 13
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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Maybe you’ve been wondering what the difference is between Pinokpok and Jinsin. And abaca? And Sinamay? And what in the world is Paris net? Take advantage of this 3 day class and get to know all about these beautiful materials. While they all come on a bolt, they have as many differences as they do similarities. Find out how they block (and IF they block!), how they roll and how they drape. This is a wonderful way to get to…

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Perchers & Platters Workshop

June 11 - June 13
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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Perchers and Platters are the darlings of the Millinery world, but what exactly are they? These architectural marvels are at once vintage inspired and deliciously modern. Seen on the Royals as often as at the Races, these designs hold incredible detail...and sometimes seemingly impossible angles! Learn how to create pieces that hold their placement with style, comfort and stability. It’s the engineering behind the design that make these gravity defying pieces so magical. Students are welcome to use felt or…

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July 2020

Dynamic Draping Workshop

July 9 - July 11
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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I think by now, everyone knows of Ms. Hubka's love of free-forming Sinamay. But did you know that traditional Millinery hoods and capelines can be draped as well? Wool felt, Velours, Parasisols, even Toyos! The amount of draping each piece gets is entirely up to you. We can fabulously freeform the entire design, or incorporate gorgeous pleating into the blocked shape. Be prepared to pack up your wonder clips and see what happens in this brand new class at Judith…

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Block Your Socks Off!

July 30 - August 1
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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If we have learned anything about instructor Laura Hubka over the years, it is that she is passionate about the art of blocking a hat. So, we are letting her have at it by offering this Three Day Blocking Bootcamp here at Judith M. This class is geared towards those with blocking experience who are looking to build on their skills. Are you feeling a little rusty? This is the perfect class to shake the dust off. We will block…

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August 2020

Vintage Ring Blocks for Haute Headwear

August 27 - August 29
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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What is a ring block? It's a small to medium circular wooden block used to create headpieces and occasionally brims. Most date from the 1930s to 1950s. They are NOT flange brims, as those have an oval profile and are true to headsize. Instructor Laura Del Villaggio will bring her collection of rare vintage ring blocks and teach two techniques for working with them to create modern designs for the races and other special occasions. First, students will learn how…

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October 2020

Fabulous Felt

October 22 - October 24
Judith M, 104 S Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761 United States
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Blocking felt is a fundamental millinery skill, but the wonders of this material don’t end there. Felt can be used to create trims, textures and intricate details in order to make hats that are far from the ordinary. In this three-day class, instructor Laura Whitlock will guide students through the wide range of possibilities in felt. We’ll begin by blocking several shapes. Next, students will explore cutout patterns, inset designs and integrated trims which create details within the body of…

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