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Learn to make your own hats! Attendees will be introduced to traditional millinery techniques in working with 100% felt and high-end straw forms to fashion their hats.  Steam blocking over traditional hatblocks opens a wide range of hat styles and many tips and techniques will be revealed during class for individualizing a big-brimmed summer hat and a warm, close-fitting winter one.  Couture finishing techniques such as adding bias edgings, petersham sweatbands, and hatbands, as well as how to cut and bind straw/felt, measure for proper head size, stiffen hats, and wire brim edges will also be a part of the class structure.  Many delightful shapes and styles are possible including church and wedding hats from straw, and Fedoras and cloches from felt.