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The Master Hatter: A Study in Hat Making


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Edie Orenstein

$695 [Includes $250 lab fee] class limit 14. Feb 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2020 (Wed-Sun 10am-4pm).

Dive deep into the hatter’s art. In this five-day workshop, you will work from creative conception to finished hat. Mentored by Edie every step of the way, you will be guided through inspiration, design, styling, felt selection, fitting considerations, selection, and use of blocks (from Edie’s own unique collection of traditional and contemporary blocks). Throughout the course you will learn construction techniques and skills such as steaming, shaping, pouncing, wiring, sizing, finishing, and embellishment using machine and hand stitching. 

Perfect for those who want to learn the details of hat making: costume designers, fashion designers, dress historians, and more. This class is open to all levels, but sewing skills are an asset. You will be provided all the materials needed to create your hat.

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About Edie Orenstein

With experience as a costumer in both the theatre and film industries and a history as the entrepreneur behind “Edie’s Hats” on Granville Island, Edie Orenstein is one of North America’s most knowledgable hatters and a legendary milliner. She brings not only her deep knowledge of technique, conforming, construction and finishing, but a rare set of hat blocks, specialist tools, and vintage materials.

Earlier Event: February 19
Pattern Drafting: Make Your Own Blocks
Later Event: February 27
Baskets: Working with Flat Materials