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Beginning Millinery & Haberdashery: The Blocked Felt Hat

Course Overview

Minnesota's history is interwoven with the history of hat-making. Europe's hunger for beaver felt top hats drove the voyageurs into the heart of fur country. Most of the fur traded at Grand Portage eventually became felt hats. There is no softer, warmer or more pliant fiber as fur-felt. We will use millinery fur-felt hat blanks to create hats using the same methods used by milliners since the 1300s (minus the infamous mercury), but our creations will reflect the character and personality of each student-- perhaps a 19th-century top hat, a '20s cloche, Belle Époque feather salad, a '40s fedora (good hats aren't just for women) or something made with a distinctly 2015 vision. The student will use mysterious and magical sounding materials -- melousine, ferrule, puzzle blocks and petersham -- to make a couture quality felt hat entirely by hand. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.


Wed, Feb 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Feb 15th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 13+
Registration Cost: $215.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Jan 3rd, 2018
Includes materials fee of $65.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

embroidery snips
dress making shears
#10 millinery needles, preferably John James
Selection of sharps
silk pins

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Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Jan 3rd, 2018
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