Forme Couture Millinery

Hat Making Workshops

 

Trunk Shows
If you wish to host a trunk show in your area email Bart at formefashion@usa.net or call 773.719.7307. 

 

Workshops

Jenny is available to teach one-on-one and group interactive hat making workshops.   Basic sewing and serging workshops are also available.  She will provide the materials used within each workshop.  We ask that each attendee brings a sewing kit and any favorite embellishments one would like to use on the hat they create.  Jenny is available to travel to your studio, or workshops can be taken at her hat shop in Louisville, Kentucky.  Please contact her at formefashion@usa.net or 773.719.7307 for additional details and availability.

 

Beginner Hat Making Workshops:

* Blocking a Straw Crown and Brim into a Hat

* Blocking a Wool Crown and Brim into a Hat

* Making a Cloche Hat

* Making a Royal Wedding Fascinator

* Working with Horsehair

* Making a Hat from Jinsin

* Free-form Straw

* Free-form Wool

* Gatsby Headbands

* Making Feather Flowers

* Embellishments Galore

* Making Hat Pins

* Making Feather Headbands

* Taking Your Artwork to the Next Level

* Sewing 101

* Serging 101

 

Intermediate Hat Making Workshops:

* Straw Braid OH MY!

* Manipulating Wool (burning, stamping etc.)

* Blocking a Fascinator with Found Objects

* Carving your Own Hat Block

* "Block"ing Party

 

Current Group Class Schedule: 

Sorry, no refunds.  If an emergency arises, we would be willing to reschedule the class with you.

  

KY Hat Making Workshops:

 

January 14, 2017

Free Form Straw Hat

Does your style take on a more abstract look and feel, or have you just wanted to create a straw hat with no boundaries?  This course takes hat making to the next level without using hat blocks.  You will learn how to take straw and by using a head form as a base, you will twist, turn, fold, and manipulate the material to create a beautiful abstract hat piece.  We will then finish the hat with wiring (if needed).  All materials are included.  

 

12:00pm – 4:00pm

$285.00 per person (millinery materials included)

1 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop

 

 

January 15, 2017

Free Form Jinsin Hat

Jinsin is a form of Bamboo found in Australia.  It is an expensive Millinery material to import, so it is not seen often in the USA.  Jinsin can be a delicate material, so we will learn how to gently wet and steam it in order to manipulate it.  Jinsin is very sculptural, so no hat blocks are used.  I will also demonstrate how you can print on them and alter the Jinsin to give it a completely different finish.  Once a shape is created, we will then make it into a hat to wear.  I will provide Jinsin for attendees.  Attendees will need to bring a dummy head, water bottle, towel, water bin (small litter box size) needles, thread, large pins and scissors.  Hand sewing is required.

 

11:00am-4pm

$350 per person (millinery materials included)

1 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop

 

January 28, 2017

Flowering Feathers

Have you ever wondered how they make those feather flowers in stores or on those fancy hats you see?  I will teach you several techniques and tricks to the trade on making feather flowers.  No more buying $50 and $60 feather flowers for your hats, gifts or hair.  Feathers and materials provided. 

 

10:00am-1pm

$310 per person (millinery materials included)

1 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop

 

January 28-29, 2017

Blocking a Disk Fascinator

Have you ever wondered how to make the hats that you see Kate Middleton wear?  In this 2 day course, we will take Sinamay and block them on “disk” blocks that sit atop your head.  We will then embellish them and finish with elastic or headbands.  One size fits all. 

 

1:30pm – 5pm (1st day)

11:00am – 4pm (2nd day)

$335 per person (millinery materials included)

2 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop

 

February 11, 2017

Sculpting with Horsehair

Horsehair is a common material used in creating fun Fascinators and Cocktail Hats for the races and parties.  I will demonstrate how one can work with and manipulate horsehair to create amazing shapes that they can wear.  I will also demonstrate how you can print on them and alter them to look very different from their natural form.  Once a shape is created, we will then make it into a hat to wear.  I will provide an assortment of horsehair and straw bases for attendees.  Attendees will need to bring needles, large pins, thread and scissors.  Also bring any embellishments to decorate your hat like feathers, ribbon, broaches etc. 

 

11:00am – 2:00pm

$285 per person (millinery materials included)

1 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop

 

February 11-12, 2017

Blocking a Brimmed Derby Hat

Each person will learn the different types of straw for blocking and how they are best used.  They will learn how to wet and steam the straw to form it over a hat block to make a shape of a hat.  We will be blocking both a crown and a brim separately.  Once dry, we will then hand sew the crown and brim together.  It will be finished with wiring on the brim, a sweat band in the crown and any embellishments one chooses.  Each person will walk away with a beautiful Derby hat that they can wear with pride. 

 

2:30pm – 6:00pm (1st day)

12:00pm-5:00pm (2nd day)

$350 per person (millinery materials included)

2 day class

Formé Millinery Hat Shop