Blocking Straw into a Hat: September 13-14, 2024 w/Jenny Pfanenstiel

Blocking Straw into a Hat: September 13-14, 2024 w/Jenny Pfanenstiel


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Perfect for Beginners and Advanced Hat Makers.

Learn from Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 150th Kentucky Derby Jenny Pfanenstiel, on how to make a hat from scratch using a technique that dates back over 100 years. You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks and be able see them up close.  Each person will learn the different types of straw for blocking and how they are best used.  You will learn how to wet and steam the straw to form it over a hat block to make a shape of a hat.  Choose from 100’s of hats blocks of all different shapes and styles. We will be blocking both the crown and the brim separately.  Once dry, we will then hand sew the crown and brim together.  It will be finished with wiring on the brim, a sweatband in the crown and any embellishments one chooses.  Each person will walk away with a beautiful summer hat that they can wear with pride. Perfect for all genders.

Straw materials for workshop are an additional cost based on the material one chooses. You can estimate between $70-$150. All other materials are included in the course’s cost: hat forms, rope, sizing, joiners, and wiring. I would like all attendees to bring embellishments, a sewing kit that includes needles, thread, pins, scissors, thimble, elastic, hammer, nails, tacks, pliers and a variety of thread colors, and a towel.

Classes will start on Friday at 5:30pm and start on Saturday at 11:00am. Materials for this course can be purchased before, or on the first day of class. Materials can range from $45-$150 depending on what one chooses.

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This workshop will start with a tour of the NEW Judith M Millinery Supply House where you will be able to see up close the different millinery materials used to make hats from scratch. Each attendee will receive 10% off of materials purchased for the workshop and to take home.

2 day class

Starts Friday at 5:30pm

Starts Saturday at 11:30am

Workshop takes place at

Judith M Millinery Supply House

115 E. Main St.

La Grange, KY 40031

Please note, due to preparing materials for each student ahead of time, there are no refunds.  If an emergency shall arise, we are more than happy to reschedule with you. 

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