Millinery Workshops

Millinery Workshops

Introduction to Traditional Millinery

This workshop is open to anyone. 4 Sessions. Monday night or Saturday morning. Some basic sewing skills are helpful but not necessary.
Description:
In this workshop students will learn the basic techniques of shaping a felt or straw hat using millinery wood blocks and steam. After an in-depth introduction explaining the different techniques, the student will select a design and will be instructed on how to complete it.

Equipment and Process:
Traditional millinery hat making refers to the process of shaping felt or straw on to a wood block. Typically the brim and crown of the hat are done on two different wood blocks. We use steam to shape the materials onto the block. The material is then treated with an environmentally friendly sizing that allows it to contract and to retain the shape once is dry. Then the the pieces are cut and mounted, fitting together like a puzzle. An extensive collection of wood blocks are provided for students to use during the workshops. A steam machine is used to shape the material onto the blocks and are set aside to dry for at least 24 hours.

Materials and Cost:
Basic materials include: felt, straw as well as all the finishing components ribbons, wire and sizing. Cost: €475

Textile Hats

Skill Level:
This workshop is open to anyone. 3 Sessons. Monsay night or Saturday Morning. Some basic sewing skills are helpful but not necessary.

Description:
In this workshop students will select a hat design from a selection of existing patterns (alternatively they can bring a picture or a pattern of their choice), and work through the steps necessary to construct the selected design. This workshop is structured in 3 blocks during the two sessions:
BLOCK 1: Patterns and Construction. Students will learn about the principles of using 2d patterns to construct a 3d object from fabric. We will discuss the angles of a brim, the shapes of a crown, the fabrics and tools used to form a shape and finally we will prepare the pattern.
BLOCK 2: Prototyping and Refinement. Students will make a mockup of their selected design to insure the dimensions and shapes are correct and make the necessary refinements to the pattern in order to achieve the desired form.
BLOCK 3: Final Materials and Construction Students will select the desired material and construct a hat based on the final pattern.

Materials and Cost:
Basic materials included: denim and duck. Fusible interfacing, visors, grosgrain ribbons and basic finishing materials. Cost: €275. Max 5 participants.

Bibi | Fascinators | Cocktail

Skill Level:
This workshop is open to anyone. 2 Sessions. Monday night or Saturday Morning. Some basic sewing skills are helpful but not necessary.

Description:
In this workshop students will learn how to create their own cocktail hat and the different methods for affixing them in place. This is an exciting, creative process that allows for a wide range of creative and stylistic expression via endless material choices, shapes and techniques. The results are amazing and can be as traditional, modern or practical as you want.

Materials and Cost:
Some of the very cool materials I have access to are the result of years of research and travels around the world. Crinoline, buckram, silk, combs, head bands, feathers, tools for making silk flowers, veil, hat bases in felt straw and sinamay and many, many more. Cost €185. Max 5 participants.