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The Art of Hat Making


August 21 - 25

Explore the process of analyzing, designing, patterning and building your own unique hat shape! 


Discover the "blocking" technique as it pertains to blocked hats. The one-week course also accommodates participants who wish to make fascinators or soft-form hats.


Classes are held in a professional Millinery Studio where participants will have access to special equipment and materials of the craft. A tour of the hat collection at the Stratford Festival Warehouse is also included.

​Explore and expand on the following skills:

·    Analyze and interpret various hat shapes;

·    Properly take and interpret head measurements;

·    Draft a custom hat pattern and mock up based on your chosen design;

·    Discover new techniques in working with different materials and hat                making equipment;

·    Explore traditional millinery materials, ie: felt, buckram, and modern                 materials such as fosshape and wonderflex plastic;

·    Discuss and share sources for millinery materials;

·    Construct a custom hat shape; then learn to cover, decorate and to line the       shape with fabrics and trims to suit your taste;

·    Produce a finished hat which fits a specific head size; 

·    The hat is yours to keep!


​​Participants are asked to bring design ideas/inspirations (magazine cut outs, printed images from the web), paper and fabric scissors, measuring tape and straight pins. Previous sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.

This course can  be taken as part of the

Theatre Production Arts Certificate

This certificate is given when completing

5 summer courses of your choice.

Total cost $2500 - a savings of $95 - $125 per course.

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Registration Information

Cost: $625

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Junction 56 Bldg

       45 Cambria St.

                                     N5A 1G8

Target enrollment: 6 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor

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