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Felt & Straw Blocking Workshops - Burlingame, CA Studio

In this workshop you will learn to "block" millinery felt and straw materials using traditional hat blocks or hat forms. The felt and straw forms are dampened and steamed and then quickly blocked pulled-stretched-sculpted onto the wooden block and tightly held in place with strings or elastics. The hat is then left to dry overnight.

This process conforms and molds the materials into the basic shape of the hat. Students are often surprised to discover hat blocking is such a tactile and physical experience. You will be shown how to maximize your physical strength and leverage to control the blocking process. While the hats dry you will learn methods for finishing the hat brim edge; finishes such as hand-sewn or machine-sewn welts, rolled edge brims, bias binding or petersham ribbon finished edges. You will learn a range of traditional embellishment and trim techniques to complete your millinery creations using ribbon, fabric, straw braid, veiling and millinery flowers. You will also investigate vintage inspired trims using felt and straw remainders from the hat making process.

During the workshop we will discuss "the business of millinery". You will receive information and handouts for millinery suppliers for felt, straw and other purveyors of the millinery trade. Your workshop goal is to complete a minimum of 3 hats from start to finish. To accomplish the workshop objective, work is done in stages on your hats - while one or your hats is drying on the block you will be finishing the brim on a second and deciding on a trim style for your third hat.

Class size is limited to insure personal attention.


May 10, 11, 12 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday- Hours 10:00-3:30 - Burlingame, CA Studio

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3-Day Felt & Straw Blocking Workshop

Fee: $595.00 (includes materials for 3 hats (2 felt and 1 straw) plus all necessary wire, findings, headsize ribbon are included in the workshop fee. (Additional millinery trimmings may be purchased during the workshop as needed.)


July 15-28 - Burlingame, CA Studio - One and two day classes with Guest Milliner Tina Guintini

Classes and dates to be determined - Please check back.


Please check back to the Workshop Calendar as dates for classes and workshops are added though out the year.

Mailing List: wayne@waynewichernmillinery.com


Wayne Wichern Millinery

Peninsula Museum of Art - Museum Studios #3

1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Blocking a parisisol straw body over a wide brim cloche block
Straws on the blocks drying

Pressing a brim edge finish

Steaming and blocking a felt hood

Stitching handmade ribbon rose