The Art of Hat Making

Millinery: The Art of Hat Making can be taken as part of the Theatre Production Arts certificate.

Dates:  July 8 to 12, 2019


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 buckram hats. It will also accommodate participants who wish to make fascinators or soft-form hats. This course is being taught 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 buckram frame, then learn to cover, decorate and to line the shape with fabrics and trims to suit their taste.

  • Produce a finished hat which fits a specific head size, which 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.

The course fee covers the cost of basic materials required during the course. In this course, participants work on personal projects. Depending on the complexity of those projects, additional costs for materials may be incurred and are the responsibility of the student.


PACKAGE DEALS - Take multiple courses and save!

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

This discount is up to 3 courses.

How to take advantage of our package deal offer: If you are interested in two, three or four courses, register and pay the deposit for those courses. Our registrar will calculate the discount and invoice you for the balance owing via PayPal.

Or take five one-week courses for only $1,800 and earn the Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Certificate. That’s a discount of $135 for each course!

If you are interested in the Theatre Production Arts certificate, simply click the register button here.


Cost: $495
Day and time: 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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