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Blocking Straw into a Derby Hat
July 16, 2021 - July 17, 2021
Learn from Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 147th Kentucky Derby Jenny Pfanenstiel, on how to make a hat from scratch using a technique that dates back over 100 years. You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years. Each person will learn the different types of straw for blocking and how they are best used. You will learn how to mold the straw to form it over a hat block to make a shape of a hat. We will be blocking both a crown out of Parasisal straw and a brim out of Sinamay straw separately.
On the second day, we will then hand sew the crown and brim together. It will be finished with wiring on the brim, a sweat band in the crown and any embellishments one chooses. Each person will walk away with a beautiful straw hat that they can wear with pride.