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October 2017

Premier Advanced Millinery Course

October 2, 2017 - October 23, 2017
Anya Caliendo, 18 Fire Island Ave.
Babylon, NY 11702 United States
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with Anya Caliendo

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Fantastic Felt & Nuno-Felt Hats Workshop

October 8, 2017 - October 9, 2017
Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference, Chautauqua Institute
Mayville, NY United States
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Tutor: Dawn Edwards

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Blocked Fascinator Bases

October 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am - October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

10 hour workshop in which students will learn how to manipulate sinamay, silk, lace and buckram to design and make two fascinator bases. We will cover blocking, wiring, binding edges, linings, and attachments.

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Decorative Trims

October 15, 2017
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

Learning how to make design choices and attach a variety of trims are essential skills for any successful hat maker. Students will experiment with common millinery embellishments: veiling, crinoline, ribbons, fabric, feathers and flowers.

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3-Day Felt & Straw Blocking Workshops

October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Wayne Wichern (Burlingame), 1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Tutor: Wayne Wichern, Burlingame

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November 2017

Hat Block Party

November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

This class is open to anyone who has previously taken one of my blocking classes. It will be an open studio format. Bring hat bodies or sinamay and enjoy use of my workroom steamers and hat blocks. Champagne and nibbles will be provided.

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Vintage Hat Restoration & Repair

November 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

Bring in your vintage hats that need a little love and I will teach you how to get them back into beautiful, wearable condition. We'll cover cleaning, re-shaping, replacing veils, freshening trims such as feathers and flowers, lining repair, even archival storage.

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Draped Fur Felt Cloche

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bay Willow Design, 222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX 75069 United States
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Students will learn how to block a free-form cloche hat using a fur felt hood (hat body) and a balsa utility block. You will use steam to soften the felt and your fingers to manipulate it into pleats and folds that are pinned into place until dry. The technique allows for a wide range of design possibilities, but is especially suited for 1920's style flapper hats.

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Men’s Style Fur Felt Fedora

November 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bay Willow Design, 222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX 75069 United States
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You will learn how to block a traditional men's style fedora, working with a heavy weight fur felt and using traditional millinery blocking techniques.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. The heavier weight felt makes a gorgeous flat brim, no wire needed.

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3-Day Felt & Straw Blocking Workshop

November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017
Carol Campbell Millinery Studio, 902 NW 48th
Seattle, WA United States
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Tutor: Wayne Wichern in the Seattle Studio

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Wet Felting Hat Making Workshop

November 26, 2017 - November 27, 2017
David Dunkley, 974 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3G6 Canada
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During this one day workshop you will not only learn about the process of felting, but will gain understanding on how to create a seamless sculptural form that lends itself to making hats, bags, and vessels. Each person will have a fully felted, blocked hat finished by the end of the workshop. Teacher: Milliner Tierre Taylor

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December 2017

3-Day Felt & Straw Blocking Workshops

December 10, 2017 - December 12, 2017
Wayne Wichern (Burlingame), 1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Tutor: Wayne Wichern, Burlingame CA

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January 2018

Fedora & Bowler Workshop

January 4 - January 5
Deanna Gibbons Millinery, 1364 Florida Street
San Fransisco, CA 94110 United States
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With DeAnna Gibbons “Blocking the shape and draping the pinch” In this 2-day workshop students will learn to block a felt into a classic fedora or bowler shape using a 2 part hat block and customizing the hat with the hand draping method to create the crown shape of choice. Exploring many options for traditional trimming, students will learn to finish the fedora with grosgrain ribbon, hand and machine sewing techniques. This workshop is appropriate for first time students and continuing students…

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Couture Millinery

January 12 - January 14
David Dunkley, 974 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3G6 Canada
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Learn with David Dunkley how to create couture millinery! 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.

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Felt Fedora

January 20
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

In this six 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. The…

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February 2018

Perfecting Brim Edges

February 2
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

In this one-day workshop, students will learn techniques for neatly finishing brim edges for both straw and felt hats. We will discuss how to measure, join and sew on millinery wire, as well as choosing the appropriate type and gauge of wire for the project. I will demonstrate how to hand-roll edges, how to bind edges with grosgrain ribbon and bias fabric, and how to properly cut and prep raw edges. Students will choose four of the six techniques taught, and…

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Parasisal Straw from Block to Finish

February 3 - February 4
Milli Starr Studio, Austin, Texas 78747 + Google Map

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 2x2 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…

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Felt & Straw Blocking Workshops

February 5 @ 8:00 am - February 7 @ 5:00 pm
Wayne Wichern (Burlingame), 1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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1920’s Style Flapper Headpiece

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bay Willow Design, 222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX 75069 United States
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Make your own fabulous flapper headpiece perfect for that Gatsby party! You will learn how to drape crinoline and sew it to wire to create a headband or veil. You will also learn how to make a crinoline rose, which will be the focal point of the design. The rose and any desired feather trims will be sewn to a sinamay base. Class fee of $125 includes tuition and all supplies.

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Open Crown Sinamay Hat

February 18 - February 19
Bay Willow Design, 222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX 75069 United States
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Make your own beautiful brimmed sinamay hat while mastering two very different blocking techniques. The vintage-inspired open crown will be draped and sculpted using a length of bias sinamay, and the brim will be blocked with three layers of sinamay and finished with a wired and bound edge. Class fee of $350 includes tuition and all supplies.

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