Lecture:: Sculptural and Forms Hat Blocks and Hats

A piece of felt or straw, a cloud of steam, and a wooden hat block are the essential ingredients for the making of a hand blocked hat. Join millinery designer Wayne Wichern for a slide presentation and conversation on the creation of his exquisite hats. Behind each elegant hat is the shaping tool known as a hat block. The hat block is made for the millinery trade by a skilled woodcraft artisan, and while the hat block is for practical use in the studio, it is itself an amazing artistic achievement.


Roosevelt Room  Q-80 Free for members; $5 guests at door


Workshop: A Fine Felt Hat

Trim and embellish a stylish felt hat for the fall season. Wayne offers a collection of pre-blocked hat shapes and colors online prior to the workshop. Choose a shape and felt color, and Wayne will have it ready for trimming. Bring your flair for style and treasures from your stash to complete your hat.

Multipurpose Room – C-35

1:30 to 5:30 PM   3.5 hour workshop, Kit Fee $45

Class size: 25 students

$55 members, $70 guests

Supply List:

  • Personal sewing kit
  • Variety of fabrics (yard cuts will do): duping (dupioni?) silk, taffeta, and soft velvets work best.
  • Millinery flowers
  • Velvet leaves
  • Buttons
  • Buckles
  • Brooches
  • Beaded and sequin motifs