Draping, Whimsy, Costume and Fedora Workshops

Event has passed (Thu Apr 18, 2013 - Sat Nov 9, 2013)
DeAnna Gibbons Millinery
Draping Workshop, NOV 2 & 9, Saturdays, 12-5
Clothes and Accessories, Costumes, Fashion School


Whimsy Workshop Make a unique mini for an evening out 2-evening workshop
Time: Thursdays, April 18 & 25, 6-9 pm
Inspired by the love of fanciful design this workshop is an opportunity to explore specialty hat making. A longer list of supplies and in depth techniques will be brought out of the tool box for this workshop. Steamers, airbrushes, wire, feathers and veiling will be employed to hand make a very unique and individual design. There will be an emphasis on constructing your Whimsy with hand sewing techniques. If you have a particular style in mind, please make contact at registration about your design request. Space limited to 6 students.

Costume Hat Workshop Make an exquisite hat or sculptural headpiece 3-night workshop
Time: Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27, 6-10 pm
This workshop offers the opportunity to create an original hat for the sake of art and beauty. Create your hat by draped, blocked or flat patterned method; work in felt or construct a buckram foundation with a fabric covering. There will be an emphasison designing and constructing with professional millinery techniques. Materials fee covers a variety of supplies, including buckram, fabric, felt, straw, feathers, and veiling. There will be a pre-workshop design meeting to make plans for the most suitable method and materials for your design and skill level. Space limited to 3 students.

Fedora Workshop Blocking the shape and draping the pinch 2-day workshop
Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, 12-5 pm
In this 2-day workshop students will learn to block a felt into a classic fedora shape using a 2 part fedora hat block and customizing the hat with the hand draping method to create the crown shape of choice. Exploring many options for traditional trimming, students will learn to finish the fedora with grosgrain ribbon and hand sewing techniques. This workshop is appropriate for first time students and continuing students who would like to learn more about shaping the crown by hand and furthering their trimming skills. Space is limited to 6 students.

Draping Workshop Make the free-form hat of your dreams 2-day workshop
Time: Saturdays, November 2 & 9, 12-5 pm
In this two-day workshop students will learn free-form draping and hand sewing skills needed to create a soft draped felt velour or straw hat that fits perfectly. Using steam and a basic head shaped block, students will learn to make a small or large brimmed hat of their own design. This workshop is appropriate for the novice or continuing student who would like a chance to further their millinery skills. If you would like to work with a color other than black please make your request when sending the registration form. Space is limited to 6 students.

DeAnna Gibbons has trained many aspiring milliners
in her own studio and through the California College
of Arts - Ext Ed Department.

In 2006 San Francisco Magazine honored DeAnna 
with “Best of the Bay” for her millinery workshops.

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  1. DeAnna Gibbons Millinery 1364 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA