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Straw to Gold with Laura Whitlock

December 11, 2022

Laura will draw on her 30+ years of experience as a professional costume craftsperson to share methods of creating metallic surfaces on millinery materials.  Students will learn techniques to give their creations an extra sparkle with metallic leaves, paints, and bronzing powders, and how to concoct and apply the age-old theatrical secret finish—French Enamel Varnish. Students will learn how to create textures and patterns by using these in combination with stencils. We’ll apply metallic media to a variety of millinery materials and trims.


  • 1-2 pre-blocked, sized straw hats
  • Leather pieces or scraps
  • Feathers, straw braid, fabric, or any other materials for technique samples
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint tray/palette
  • Palette knife
  • textile paints, gold leaf, and metallic powders.


North American Millinery Group
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