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January 2020

By-Request Weekend

January 25 - January 26
Deanna Gibbons Millinery, 1364 Florida Street
San Fransisco, CA 94110 United States
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“The first to sign up chooses the class!” Be the first to sign up and create a special workshop suited to your interests. Look at past workshops and let me know what type of hat making you are interested in. Once we finalize the details, I will send out another workshop announcement to the student list or if you have a group of friends, 6 students maximum can sign up and join. Workshop space is usually limited to 4 students unless other arrangements are made

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February 2020

Straw Fedora and Boater

February 1 - February 2
Deanna Gibbons Millinery, 1364 Florida Street
San Fransisco, CA 94110 United States
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“Blocking the shape and draping the pinch” In this 2-day workshop students will learn to block a straw hat into a classic fedora or boater shape using a 2 part hat block and customizing the hat with the hand draping method. Exploring many options for traditional trimming, students will learn to finish their hat with grosgrain ribbon and a variety of sewing techniques.

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Newsboy Cap

February 4 - February 6
MilliStarr Austin, TX United States + Google Map

By request ~ a workshop for the classic Newsboy Cap. This class is a fantastic introduction to the methods used to pattern, cut and sew fabric hats. It resembles garment construction much more than blocking. Students will choose from patterns for an 8 pc newsboy cap, make any needed alterations for fit, then cut, mark, machine stitch and assemble the outer cap, lining, and visor. Students will need to bring a sewing machine, fabrics for cap, interlining and lining, matching threads, and…

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Structure & Form: Bias Sinamay Fascinators

February 17
MilliStarr Austin, TX United States + Google Map

This was everyone's favorite technique out of all that I taught during the 5-day Millinery Masterclass at Austin Community College this summer. It's a fun and fast method for creating a sinamay fascinator and the possibilities are endless! Students will work with bias sinamay, balsa utility blocks and steamers to drape, wrap, twist and twirl unique free-form fascinators, bows or turbans. The resulting design can be attached to a headband or fascinator base with elastic. The class fee of $225 includes…

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3 Day Millinery Workshop

February 21 - February 23
David Dunkley, 974 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3G6 Canada
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Learn how to make a couture hat ! Prepare your millinery for the block. Learn to shape the hat. Learn how to prepare the fabric/material of choice. Learn how to steam items, smooth, shape, iron, dry, stiffen. Learn to create your own inspiration. Each millinery project is directed by what you want to create. Milliner David Dunkley will help you learn the couture techniques necessary to execute your vision!

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Advanced Techniques

February 22 - February 23
Deanna Gibbons Millinery, 1364 Florida Street
San Fransisco, CA 94110 United States
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“Design the perfect felt or straw hat for your wardrobe” This workshop offers the opportunity to make a hat by either hand draped or blocked method, in either felt or straw. Jumping off from skills gained in prior workshops students will come to the workshop with a design in mind that they would like to create. There will be an emphasis on specialty trim techniques and broadening your millinery skill set.

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Raffia HAT Making Class

February 29 - March 1
Diana Cavagnaro, PO Box 711836
San Diego, CA 92171 United States
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With Diana Cavagnaro This 2-day class will demonstrate the procedure for dyeing and plaiting raffia, which is, then hand sewn over polyurethane hat blocks.  The inside of the hat is then finished with a Petersham ribbon or an optional lining.  Kits can be ordered that will contain the raffia and polyurethane hat blocks.  The blocks come in 3 sizes and 4 different styles.

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March 2020

Leather flower taster class

March 21
East Village Hats, 80 E 7th st
East Village, NY 10003 United States
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WITH GALINA KOFOD Participants will go through all the stages of the process of creating flowers from the leather. This will include the preparation of materials, making patterns, assembling and finishing techniques. Students will get familiar with how to work with Japanese style flower making tools. The students will learn in detail how to make a beautiful realistic looking orchid from leather. At the end of class, everybody will have a ready to wear leather orchid. Students can choose from…

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Leather Flower Masterclass

March 22
East Village Hats, 80 E 7th st
East Village, NY 10003 United States
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WITH GALINA KOFOD Participants will go through all the stages of the process of creating flowers from leather. This will include the preparation of materials, making patterns, assembling and finishing techniques. Students will learn how to work with a wide range of Japanese style flower making tools. The students will learn in detail how to make a beautiful realistic looking flower from leather. They will learn to modify existing patterns and design their own flowers. Depending on their progress, students…

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Japanese Silk Flower Masterclass

March 23
East Village Hats, 80 E 7th st
East Village, NY 10003 United States
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WITH GALINA KOFOD In this workshop, students will learn a famous Japanese flower making technique known as Somebana. The flowers make using this technique look much more realistic than flowers made with the traditional French flower making technique. Participants will go through all the stages of the process of creating flowers from the silk. This will include preparation of the silk, making patterns, dying silk, assembling and finishing techniques. They will learn to work with a wide range of Japanese…

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Flower Artistry

March 26 - March 27
North Carolina United States + Google Map

With Galina Kofod Students will go through all the stages of creating flowers from the 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 individualise each and every flower. The flowers made using this technique look much more realistic than flowers made with traditional flower making techniques. Based…

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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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