Hat Making Workshops 2014

Event has passed (Sat Apr 26, 2014 - Sat Oct 25, 2014)
$60 - $395
Art Education, Arts, Fashion School, Clothes and Accessories


Make the free-form hat of your dreams
2-day workshop
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.

MAY 17, SATURDAY 1-5pm
If only I could repair my vintage chapeau...
half day workshop
In this one day workshop you will have the opportunity to transform several of your modern and vintage hats to beautiful wearable condition. The emphasis will be on cleaning, steaming and repairing your misshapen hats, refurbishing and replacing veils, feather and flower trims. Have a hat you would love to wear but do not know how to secure it? Bring it in! This workshop will cover the basic millinery skills needed to repair damaged straw, felt and fabric hats. Basic repair materials and tools will be provided, if you have any specialty materials you would like to replace on your hats please bring them.

Make a unique mini for a special occasion
This workshop will be a fast moving one day introduction to the world of millinery. An emphasis on good design and professional sewing techniques will give students the ability to walk away with a self created gem at the end of the day. Fascinator base and trim materials will be provided in a variety of colors. If you have any specialty trims to use or treasured vintage hats for inspiration, feel free to bring them along.Workshop is limited to 8 hat students

JUNE 28 + 29, SATURDAY + SUNDAY 10am-5pm
Blocking the shape and draping the pinch 2-day workshop 
In this 2-day workshop students will learn to block felt into a classic fedora or bowler shape using a 2 part hat block and to customize the hat with the hand draping method creating the crown shape of choice. Exploring many options for traditional trimming, students will learn to finish their hat 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 crowns by hand and furthering trimming skills. Space is limited to 5 students.

JULY 10, THURSDAY 6-9pm , JULY 12 + 19, SATURDAYS 12-5
Make a cocktail hat block
Learn to create a well made Papier-mâché hat block. Charming hand made paper blocks from the nineteen- twenties are the inspiration for this method of construction. Modern sculpting techniques and materials combined with this inspiration have led me to develop a fun new method for fabricating custom made hat blocks. These blocks are durable, lightweight, waterproof and include a blocking base with rope line grooves for an easy blocking experience. To encourage the completion of your project, we will make mini cocktail size hat blocks building over starter forms which students can customize to a high level of individuality. As time permits we will block buckram on either the student made or studio blocks and discuss wiring and finishing hat bases. Materials included for one block and enough buckram to block the new shape. Millinery students will leave this workshop with a new technique for creating highly customized specialty hat blocks as needed! This workshop is geared towards students who have already taken a hat blocking course but it is open to beginners as well. Space is limited to 5 students

OCTOBER 11, 18 + 25, SATURDAYS, 12- 5pm 
Make an exquisite hat or sculptural headpiece 3-night workshop
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 emphasis on designing and constructing with professional millinery techniques. Materials fee covers a variety of supplies, including buckram, fabric, felt, straw, feathers, and veiling. Students may need to purchase some specialty materials before the workshop.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 is limited to 3 students to provide a high level of instruction.

Guest Teacher workshops 2014

Learn how to make exquisite handmade fabric flowers with heated shaping tools
sign up at  http://www.lisaormiston.com/
WORKSHOP ONE: MAY 10                                  

SATURDAYS 10am-5pm
Make your own fabric flowers 
Learn to make your own fabulous millinery flowers using the technique many refer to as “French flower making.” This traditional method uses heated shaping tools to produce an infinite variety of flowers. In this workshop we will examine flower structure and learn what characteristics capture the essence of specific flower types. I’ll address questions about pattern making as well as painting and dyeing. Individual student aesthetics will drive the direction of the class, so whether you want to explore realism or fantasy, the choice is yours. All levels of experience are welcome. Beginners will gain a solid understanding of the French flower making technique, while those with more experience can use this day for refining techniques, gathering tips, and exploring personal style. Fee includes materials, patterns, and a list of sources. All tools are provided for use in class.

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

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

To see past student works visit:


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