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The Master Hatter: A Study in Hat Making


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
The Master Hatter

With Edie Orenstein

$695 [Includes $250 lab fee] class limit 14. Nov 20-24 (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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Edie Orenstein

Maiwa is pleased to announce a series of workshops by legendary milliner and hat maker 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 is one of North America’s most knowledgable hatters. 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. This is your opportunity to learn from a master.

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