The Art of Hat Making

Millinery  may be taken as part of the Theatre Production Arts certificate.


This one-week course is designed to teach the process of analyzing, designing, patterning and building your own unique hat shape! 


Students will be exposed to the "blocking" technique as it pertains to blocked hats. The course will also accommodate 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.

​In this course students will learn 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.



The low student-to-teacher ratio in each course ensures instruction is geared to the participant's skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.

PACKAGE DEALS - Take multiple courses and save!


Option 1

​Combine this course with any other one-week course and you will save $50 for each additional one-week course.

Course 1 full price

Course 2 $50 discount

Course 3 $100 discount

This discount offer is limited to 3 courses. 

How do I take  advantage of package deal offer?

If you are interested in two or three courses, register and pay the deposit for each course. Our Registrar will then calculate the discount and invoice you for the balance owing via PayPal.

Option 2

Take five one-week courses and receive an

Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Certificate (TPA). Cost for the TPA program is $2000, representing  a discount of $110 to $125 per course. All materials are supplied. Please note there will be a material surcharge of $35 for Artistic Welding, Makeup Intensive and Scenic Art Drops & Murals.

Participants also receive complimentary tickets for many Stratford Festival productions.


Cost: $560

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

Location: Farthingales Studio

              20 Monteith Avenue, 

              Stratford N5A 2P4

Target enrollment: 6 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor

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