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Millinery: Blocking the Straw Hat

Course Overview

Stylish, cool and durable, these are a far cry from a farmer's straw hat! Craft your own personalized straw hat using millinery parasisal or Panama straw blanks. Over a two day period, you will block and finish at least one straw hat. Starting with a “blank,” finely woven straw that comes from skilled artisans in Ecuador and China, we will transform them into functional and beautiful hats. A variety of options from the classic Panama hat to the pork pie to something you dream up from your own sense of style are possible. Students will choose from an array of buttons, ribbons, beads and feathers to personalize their creations.

The class is open to both beginning and advanced milliners. Students should come prepared for hot water and an extensive amount of hand sewing. Sewing experience is helpful, but not necessary.


Thu, Jun 13th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 14th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 13+
Registration Cost: $225.00
Includes materials fee of $55.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Bring favorite sewing notions such as thimbles and thread snips. Feel free to bring beads, buttons, ribbons and feathers that you may want to use on your hat. The instructor is ready to provide everything you need, but should you have something special in mind, do bring it.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.