Hello! My name is DJ DeGayner. I’m a milliner in Chicago and I’ve been teaching hat making for over 4 years now. My students and I create everything from floral headbands and sun hats, to avant garde runway headpieces. Good news! I’m teaching a hat making course this fall. But this course is special because it’s the foundation to becoming a do-it-yourself milliner: Hat blocking.
In this course, the focus will be on creating a one-of-a-kind blocked felt hat. Students will design and carve their own hat block (which is a 3D form used to sculpt headpieces) and stretch a felt hood over this form to create a finished hat. We will also work on traditional millinery sewing techniques.
After the block is carved, you use a felt hood (of any color) and steam to stretch over the form. Then it’s roped & pinned down to emphasize the carved shapes, and let set for 24 hours.
It is then removed from the block and finished on the inside with a millinery ribbon.
We will focus on 3D carving skills to create something wearable and original. These skills can be used to create hats on your own, even after the course ends. If you’re interested in learning more about millinery materials and techniques, this class is the perfect start.
If you are interested in my work, please check out my website ddegayner.com or email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you in my course!
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Hat Forming: Wearable Sculpture w/ DJ DeGayner
Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, 10 weeks, starts on September 11th
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