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Felt Hat Making and Millinery -

Online workshop running May 8th - October 15th 2016

I'm really excited to offer this new class. As Lynn O., an extremely skillfull and experienced felter who participated in a shortened version of this class here with me when I offered it "live/in person" at the shop last year said, "Jen's hat workshop was exceptionally fun and productive. Jen has the unique ability to offer very clear and precise instructions while at the same time inviting creativity and exploration. From the get-go we learned how to match hat styles to our face shape, using mirrors and lipstick of all things. She successfully led me from design to fitting and layout to felting. I'm pleased with the outcome -- and it fits perfect, too!

Tthere were a lot of oohs and aahs, giggles and kicks had by all in the live class...especially when we were figuring what style was best for each facial shape! But, most importantly, everyone's hat came out great and suited them to a T!

So if you think you can't wear a hat, it's not truel! You just have to find the right style!

So come join me and discover what style suits you! In this workshop I will cover every aspect of felt hat making- from knowing what shapes, sizes and styles suit what face structures, to proper sizing and fit, to the felting, blocking and to trimming (including a module on silk ribbon roses). You can choose to make just one style or several during the course - depending on your interests and time (there are modules for cloches, berets, and brimmed hats).

I'll demonstrate the basic techniques for you showing some classic and very traditional "wearable" hats, but I've also included an additional video module that funks it up a bit....showing you how to introduce some techniques to add surface dimension, flaps, peaks and valleys, doo dads and thing-a-ma-jigs.... if your bent runs more to the exotic and theatrical!

The modules I provide on "trimming" - adding brim lock, gross grain ribbon, dyeing and working with feathers, and how to create some basic but effective ribbon embellishments, to incorporating nuno scarves and veils - can really take your felt hats to the next dimension.

The possibilites are endless....which is why this workshop is packed full with so much!

just to be clear......this workshop does not involve any knitting! These felt hats are made from unspun fiber. And I wouldn't say this is a beginner felting project. I would suggest that you have done a bit of traditional wet felting from unspun wool before you undertake this project. I guess I'd call it an "Advanced Beginner" type of class.


As with any of my online workshops, you can watch the videos as many times as you'd like and whenever you'd like during the course of the workshop. You will be able to stop, pause, replay, each video as many times as you'd like.

As with all of my online workshops, you are able to post questions and comments you have and once weekly I check in and answer your questions thru the Blog so you can see what everyone's questions were and how I answered them all.

The handouts are yours to keep, but the videos and blog shut down at the conclusion of the workshop you register for.

Here is an outline of the videos/steps that the workshop covers, to give you an idea of the content. Once you review that, if you're interested in registering follow this link to register.

Workshop Outline

1. Measurements and fit

2. Styles - what suits what facial shape

3. Making a Hat Block - really unique, inexpensive, and easy technique for creating a hat block

4. Fiber: types & quantities

5. Sample & Shrinkage

6. Making your resist

7. Beret

8. Cloche

9. Brimmed Hats

  • a. Making the brim
  • b. Making the crown
  • c. attaching the brim to the crown

10. Blocking/steaming/shaping

11. Basic Millinery Trimming - (how to/when to use grosgrain/sweatband/brim lock, how to stitch them in place)

  • brim lock
  • gross grain/sweatband
  • stitches that are best used

12. Ribbon Work & Feathers

  • choux
  • rosette
  • feather dyeing/trim

13. Veils & Nuno Scarves

14.Adding Attitude: From Doo-Dads & Thingamajigs to Flaps, Peaks & Valleys