The Art of Hat Making


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.

Millinery  may be taken as part of the

Theatre Production Arts certificate.

COVID-19 Protocols for Students 

Off the wall Theatre Production Facilities

Off the Wall is committed to keeping a clean and safe classroom and studio so that learning can happen in the safest way possible. We will provide personal protective equipment for all students upon their arrival to the studio.  The space will be regularly cleaned and sanitized for the duration of the course. Maintaining cleanliness during the course can be only done with students accepting their responsibility for their role in ensuring the safety of others.

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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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