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List of Skills
Jan sometimes combines
skills or renames classes.
This list gives a generic
title to skills taught
from time-to-time, in
venues internationally:

Blocking Straw and Felt
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Sewn Braid Hats —
Straw, Lace,
Laminates, Horsehair
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Sinamay and Silk Straw
— Blocking and
Free-form Styling
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Flat Felt Skirting (Yardage)
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Wire Construction
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Wet Shaping Buckram
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Covering Buckram
Pre-shaped Forms
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Big Buckram Brims
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French Silk Flowermaking
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Make Your Own Hatblock
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Unexpected Millinery
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Wonderflex and Fosshape
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Crowns and Brims
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Surface Designed
Fabrics for Hatmaking

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Featherwork: Wisps
and Mounts

PRIVATE LESSONS
We are pleased to offer private lessons in our atelier, here in Wilmington, North Carolina.  There is a one-day minimum, with most attendees wishing to stay two to five days.  You choose what skills you would like to study and how long you would like to stay.   With few exceptions fee includes millinery supplies needed in class.  We are happy to discuss what we think are time minimums based on what you would like to study.  Contact us for fees, available dates, and any questions about courses of individualized study.
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2014 Hatmaking Classes by Jan Wutkowski, Millinery Artist
Dates are added throughout the year — please check back regularly.

Please Note: Some venues may not list these classes until close to the dates they will be presented.  Continue to check the ”Registration Information” sites or contact the venue for registration.
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May 17-18, 2014
Spruill Center For the Arts, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338

Rock the Block/Small Straw Hats 

Learn to make your own small hat blocks to create standard or unusual hat forms. Use easy-to-find, inexpensive household materials to design and carve your form—a button, a heart, a top hat, a teardrop…what will yours be? After creating your block you'll choose from two types of straw (parisisal, sinamay) to block a hat into that shape. Perfect for cocktail hats, bridal pieces and special occasion headwear. Fun and inventive!

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for more information).

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June 21-22, 2014
The Art League School/Torpedo Factory
105 North Union Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Millinery Foundations: Buckram, Fosshape, Elastic Canvas

Try your hand at creating hat bases with three millinery foundation materials. Buckram is a traditional foundation, but Fosshape and elastic canvas are fairly new to the millinery world. Create three hat shapes, each from one of the foundations, then learn to wire the pieces for stability and cover them with beautiful fabrics. Each foundation has its pros and cons and this class will give you an opportunity to work with all three to see the differences of each. These exercises will allow you to better assess what foundation will work best for any particular hat shape or style you may design in the future. Basic hand-sewing skills recommended.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, 2982 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94703

July 10-11, 2014
Block Party:
Beginning through advanced milliners will enjoy this class of blocking straws and felts over traditional hat blocks. The Studio will make available over a dozen new and vintage hat blocks to use over the weekend. Beginners will learn the very basics of steam blocking and more advanced students have an opportunity to block as many hats as they like over the more complex hat blocks. Each will progress at their own comfort level. Learn about the blocking differences in felts, straws and other millinery mediums; puzzle blocks; shaping and couture finishing techniques for incredible hats. Many hat styles. Individual coaching for all skill levels will be available.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

July 12, 2014
French Flowermaking:

French flowermaking is an age-old process of creating beautiful flowers from specialized tools and rich fabrics. Each heated tool is used to shape fabric petals, leaves, and stems, as well as the textures associated with each flower part. Learn the secrets to prepping and stabilizing fabrics, cutting, shaping and assembly of each petal and part. In this class you will be making 2 flowers using the radius head, rattail, spoon, hammer, and knife. Patterns for 2 flowers, stamens and wire will be used along with natural fabric choices--silk, cotton, linen, rayon, bamboo, and lightweight woolen--to create your flowers.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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August 2-3, 2014
Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Ln S, Floyd, VA 24091 | (540) 745-2784

French Flowermaking and the Fabric Covered Hat
French flowermaking is an age-old process of creating beautiful flowers from specialized tools and rich fabrics. Each heated tool is used to shape fabric petals, leaves, and stems, as well as the textures associated with each flower part. Learn the secrets to prepping and stabilizing 100% natural fabrics, cutting, shaping and assembly of each petal and part. Secondly, create a unique cocktail headpiece shape upon which to embellish your hat with a beautiful flower. Learn to use buckram, a woven millinery foundation, in pre-formed hat frames and cover them with interesting fabric manipulation . Many hat styles possible included pillbox, Juliet, boater and other traditional styles.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902 | (828) 837-2775

August 17-22, 2014
Hats, Textiles, Straws to Dye For

Immerse yourself into a weeklong study of millinery techniques, surface design/fabric manipulation, and multiple methods of dying straw for hats. Firstly, learn to dye natural straw millinery forms and yardage, add some fabric manipulation (slashing, overlaying, dissolving, etc.) to create rich textiles for embellishment, and finally learn some old-world steaming, blocking, and free-form millinery techniques to create a number of unique hats. A rare combination of skills that beginner to advanced milliners and surface design students will appreciate. Many styles of hats, many embellishment options, and m,any colors and hues will be combined for beautiful, even quirky resulting headpieces. Fun and inventive!

August 22-24, 2014
Gatsby Cloches & Flapper Feathers

The cloche has been a popular hat style since its debut in the 1920's and has been revived by this year's movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Learn about different cloche styles (yes, there are many) plus numerous techniques for embellishing your hats with fabulous feather pieces. You'll cut, curl and combine different kinds of feathers for striking effect. Straw or felt hats will be made to fit and flatter your head and face. Basic handsewing skills recommended.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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September 20-21, 2014
The Art League School/Torpedo Factory
105 North Union Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Ribbonwork for Millinery: Elegant Embellishments

Cockades, hatbands, scallops, origami...these are a few of the intriguing ribbon pieces you'll learn in class. Ribbons in all their colors, widths and patterns have always been a mainstay in simply embellishing hats and clothing, yet there are many techniques for taking that length of ribbon and creating something eye-catching and unusual. Hands-on learning will guide you in some of the mysteries of how to make lovely cockades and trims. Bring a hat with no trim and we'll experiment with hatband tricks, veiling, brim trims, and other delightful ways of using your newfound ribbon embellishments. Over a dozen different techniques will be learned in class.

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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Oct. 18-21
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, 556 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | (865) 436-5860

Millinery Meet-Up
Millinery Meet-Up is a unique learning opportunity for the millinery student as well as the seasoned professional. Never before in the United States has there been the opportunity to study with some of the finest international and American millinery educators. From San Francisco to the Netherlands, we have brought 4 instructors together for Millinery Meet-Up. Four classes offered over three days.  See website for full information.  Registration starts May 12 for 50 attendees!

Eugenie van Oirschott (The Netherlands) — Who's Afraid of Straw Braid
Lina Stein (Ireland) — Silks, Satins and Sinamay
Daria Wheatley (Washington State) — A Circle, An Oval, A Rectangl — Flat Patterning for Hats
Wayne Wichern (San Francisco) — Amazing Scrap Trims

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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November 7-8, 2014

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, 2982 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 9470

Sculptural Lace Hats
Let's go back to a time in the 1950's when incredibly beautiful hats were made using heavy laces with rich veins and lovely designs. You'll use Venice, Guipure or other heavy laces that will be stiffened using traditional techniques. But we'll take it one step further and use these stiffened pieces to create uniquely styled contemporary cocktail shaped hats and headpieces, perfectly fashioned for special occasions, brides and all those loving the smaller perching hats so popular now. Learn to stiffen, cut, shape and assemble these hats at Lacis--the perfect place to work with lace!

REGISTER HERE (You will be taken to the venue’s webite for registration).

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Please contact us if you are interested in having Jan make a proposal to teach in your area — including internationally.  Contact us at jan@hatshatshats.com or 910-397-9099.