COURSES

Listed below are the 2-DAY Course topics, 1-DAY Course topics and the MINI Courses that are available for selection.

2-DAY COURSE SELECTIONS
WITH AVAILABLE SEATS

SUNDAY & MONDAY
OCT 2 & 3, 2016

DRAPING TECHNIQUES FOR PATTERN DEVELOPMENT (Laura Whitlock - USA Chicago - instructor)

(This course has only one spot available)

Students will learn how to create patterns for cut & sew hats through the traditional dressmaking technique of draping. Learn the (mostly) predictable ways in which textiles behave to unlock the secrets of hat patterns that don’t look like they were drafted on a table and lend themselves to greater creativity. Create a pattern, translated from your draping, and sew a hat with curved seams, pleats, darts or gathering.

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STRAW BRAID WALKING HAT, circa 1910 (Rose Hudson - Australia -instructor)

Create a hand sewn straw braid hat with fabric underside, trimmed with ribbons and flowers. This is a pretty vintage style hat (a Summer ‘day hat’ worn when out walking that covers numerous advanced millinery techniques. Learn blocking and hand shaping esparterie, ruche and other techniques useful in theatrical and historical millinery, yet timely for fashion hats, as well.
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1-DAY COURSE SELECTIONS
WITH AVAILABLE SEATS

TUESDAY OCT 4, 2016

PAINTED SILK MILLINERY “MASTERPIECE” (Laura Whitlock - USA Chicago - instructor)

Create a figural or free-form, hand-painted silk whimsy or platter, which can be worn by itself with proper accoutrement (headband, comb & elastic, etc) or mounted as a trim on a fascinator base. Laura will guide you by planning that shape and forming the outline in millinery wire. Next, create a stretched silk shape which will act as your “canvas.” Using textile paints, fabric markets and other media, students will then paint their millinery “masterpieces.” You will then have the option of leaving he raw painted edge or binding the edge.
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MINI COURSE SELECTIONS
WITH AVAILABLE SEATS

SATURDAY OCT 1 2016 1-5PM

LEATHER PUZZLE (Biliana Borissova -Spain-instructor)

Unlock the secret of interlaced leather squares and circles that fit together like a puzzle! Interlocked to stay without a stitch and make great accessories for headpieces, belts and clutch bags.

Each student will develop one or more bracelets of puzzle trims that can be utilized on student’s own hat, purse, etc.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BLOCKS (Wayne Wichern- USA San Francisco-instructor)

So you bought a vintage hat block off eBay or at a vintage shop, and now what? Don’t quite know how to block with it or not happy with the resulting shape? Learn how to transfer a block by how you choose to block on it and/or have a wood craftsman transform a block into something spectacular you will use and customers will love!

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BIRDCAGE VEIL WITH BOW OR TRIM (Jane Stoddart-Australia-instructor)

Veiling is always sexy and alluring! And with beautiful vintage ceilings often available, here’s a project that will make the most of your beautiful materials. Students will learn how to measure, gather and stitch your veiling to a covered headband - trickier than it looks! The veil will then be trimmed with a bow, lace or whatever else you fancy! The veiling itself can be embellished as well, with sequins, spots, crystals or other dainty finishes. Voila, instant chic!

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