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June Workshops with Tina Guintini

Feather Hat & Using Feathers - 1-Day Workshop

Thursday, June 21, Hours: 10-6

Create a lightweight, wired buckram base covered in feathers (photos 1 & 2). 

Make a feather mount – an explosion of coque & ostrich feathers (photo 2). Class size is limited to insure personal attention.

Fee: $100.00 PayPal Registration & Fee Payment



Pin Tuck Turban - 1-Day Workshop

Friday, June 22, Hours: 10-6

Pin-tucking creates the illusion of folds whilst giving direction to the drape, saves time and guarantees a great result.

This is a one-day class to show the construction of a basic pin-tucked turban. You will learn the process of using bias strip fabric to create the draping in the pin-tuck method. The foundation will be blocked using Blocking Net. Students can determine size and depth. You will leave with a turban (including the foundation), but may need to finish some detailed hand sewing work and lining in your own time. Class size is limited to insure personal attention.

Fee: $100.00 PayPal Registration & Fee Payment


Blocking Sinamay & Sinamay Trims - 2-Day Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, Hours: 10-6

Learn the different qualities of the material. Learn how to block and stiffen a crown (in one piece and in two pieces) and block a brim.

Learn sinamay bias binding, bias ribbon, rolled sinamay edges, sinamay bows, sinamay rose bud, leaves and feathers. Class size is limited to insure personal attention.

This workshop is filled. Please email if you would like to be added to the waitlist. wayne@waynewichernmillinery.com





Felt & Straw Blocking Workshop - Seattle, WA with Wayne Wichern

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 and sculpted onto the wooden block and tightly held in place with strings or elastics. The hats are 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 several hats at the same time - while one of your hats is drying on the block, you will be finishing a brim on a second and deciding on the trim style for your third hats.

Class size is limited to insure personal attention.



3-Day Felt & Straw Blocking Workshop in the Seattle Studio

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 3, 4, 5 - Hours 10:00-4:00

PayPal Registration & Fee Payment

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.)

October - October workshop dates to be determined.

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

Mailing List: wayne@waynewichernmillinery.com


Seattle Workshop location: Carol Campbell Millinery Studio, 902 NW 48th, Seattle, WA (corner of NW 48th and 9th Ave NW. just off Leary Way in Ballard/Fremont)

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Blocking and shaping parisisol forms over a wide brim cloche block Straws on the blocks drying

Pressing a brim edge finish

Steaming and blocking a felt hood

Stitching hand made ribbon rose trim