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222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX, 75069

(469) 617-3733

Bay Willow Design is a bespoke millinery shop located in Historic downtown McKinney, Texas.

Events


2-Day Fur Felt Fedora
Nov
17
to Nov 18

2-Day Fur Felt Fedora

Two-Day Fur Felt Fedora
Saturday November 17th 4-6pm and Sunday, November 18th 10am-3pm

You will learn how to block a traditional men's style fedora, working with a heavy weight fur felt and using traditional millinery blocking techniques. The technique allows you to hand sculpt a variety of crown more creative and free-form with your design. The heavier weight felt makes a gorgeous flat brim no wire needed.

Class fee of $275 includes tuition and supplies.

Register at: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/felt-fedora-class-1

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Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche

Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche
Friday, November 16th 2-6pm and Saturday, November 17th 10am-3pm

Students will learn how to block a free-form cloche hat using a fur felt hood (hat body) and a balsa utility block. You will use steam to soften the felt and your fingers to manipulate it into pleats and folds that are pinned into place until dry. The technique allows for a wide range of design possibilities, but is especially suited for 1920's style flapper hats.

Class fee of $300 includes tuition and supplies.

Register at https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/draped-fur-felt-cloche-class

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Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class
Oct
15
to Oct 16

Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class

Monday & Tuesday, October 15th & 16th, 12-6pm

In this two-day 10 hour workshop, taught by Laura Del Villaggio,  students will dye, block and design with sinamay straw, creating a fabulous fascinator with hand-dyed materials and unique trims, First, we will cover the basics of color and fiber-reactive dye, then experiment with dyeing sinamay yardage. Students can play with ombre or resist techniques. After our dyeing time, students will shape fascinator bases using wooden hat blocks. 

On Tuesday, students will wire and finish the fascinator bases. Laura will demonstrate how to make a variety of trims using extra sinamay. You will have time to play with the techniques then choose the best one(s) for trimming your fascinator base.

Class fee of $375 includes tuition and supplies

Register at: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/hand-dyed-sinamay-fascinator-class-mon-tues

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Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class

Saturday & Sunday October 13th & 14th, 12-6pm

In this two-day 10 hour workshop, taught by Laura Del Villaggio,  students will dye, block and design with sinamay straw, creating a fabulous fascinator with hand-dyed materials and unique trims, First, we will cover the basics of color and fiber-reactive dye, then experiment with dyeing sinamay yardage. Students can play with ombre or resist techniques. After our dyeing time, students will shape fascinator bases using wooden hat blocks. 

On Sunday, students will wire and finish the fascinator bases. Laura will demonstrate how to make a variety of trims using extra sinamay. You will have time to play with the techniques then choose the best one(s) for trimming your fascinator base.

Class fee of $375 includes tuition and supplies

This class is sold out

Register online: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/copy-of-hand-dyed-sinamay-fascinator-class-mckinney

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Oktoberfest
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Oktoberfest

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is a family favorite, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more

The “beer garden” covers a total of 14 blocks throughout McKinney's Historic Downtown square so you can enjoy all downtown McKinney has to offer with a German beer in one hand and a bratwurst in the other. McKinney Main Street, supporting sponsors and the shops in Historic Downtown McKinney will host nonstop activities in the heart of our great city. 

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Straw Hat Workshop
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Straw Hat Workshop

In this 4 1/2 hour class students will be introduced to the art of millinery. This class covers basic concepts of blocking, sizing, and simple finishes. Working with parasisal straw hoods, students will learn to hand-block the straw bodies over blocks, blocking the crown and free-forming the brim. Using basic millinery techniques, students will also learn to add a ribbon sweatband and decorative trim.

Instructor: Jenny Mathison-Foster

The class fee is $150.00 and includes supplies

Register online: https://squareup.com/store/baywillow-design-inc  
 

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Fabric Flower Workshop
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Fabric Flower Workshop

In this two hour class students will learn to create 2 different fabric flowers.  Students will learn how to make an organza flower and wool felt rose. The finished flowers can be made into pins to be attached to coats, hats, coats, etc. All materials will be supplied. Depending on the student, each may be able to make 2-4 flowers during the class.

Instructor: Jenny Mathison-Foster

Class fee of $45  includes tuition and supplies

Register online: https://squareup.com/store/baywillow-design-inc
 

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Fascinator Workshop
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Fascinator Workshop

In this three hour class, students will learn to create a fanciful fascinator for a party or special event (or royal wedding). Starting with pre-made bases, students will learn to hand-stitch trim onto the bases. Finished fascinators can then be either attached to a hairband or elastic. All the materials needed to make one of these fun hats will be provided. Students should bring a small sewing kit to class. This should include: scissor, pins, needles, tape measure, and thimble (optional). 

Class Fee of $80 includes tuition and supplies
 

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Open Crown Sinamay Hat
Feb
18
to Feb 19

Open Crown Sinamay Hat

Make your own beautiful brimmed sinamay hat while mastering two very different blocking techniques. The vintage-inspired open crown will be draped and sculpted using a length of bias sinamay and finished with wired and bound edge.

Class fee of $350 includes tuition and all supplies

This class is sold out


Instructor:

Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 16 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

 

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1920's Style Flapper Headpiece
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

1920's Style Flapper Headpiece

Make your own fabulous flapper headpiece perfect for that Gatsby party! You will learn how to drape crinoline and sew it to wire to create a headband or veil. You will also learn how to make a crinoline rose, which will be the focal point of the design. The rose and any desired feather trims will be sewn to a sinamay base. 

Class fee of $125 includes tuition and all supplies.

Register online: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/1920s-style-flapper-headpiece-class

Instructor:

Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 16 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

 

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Second Saturday
Oct
14
to Nov 11

Second Saturday

  • Historic Downtown McKinney (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Community and beyond will enjoy an evening of art, music, food and spirits every Second Saturday in Historic Downtown McKinney.

Guests can explore local art galleries, listen to great local and regional musicians, and taste some of the area's best eateries.

Many businesses in Historic Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open until to 8 p.m. every Second Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/McKinney2ndSaturday

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Straw Hat Workshop

This is the summer straw version of the sold-out class Laura Del Villaggio taught in February! Students will learn how to shape a parasisal straw hood over a wooden hat block, sew in wire(s) and a grosgrain sweatband, then finish their hats with fabulous trims. Students will choose from Bay Willow Design's wonderful collection of vintage puzzle blocks. Each hat will be truly unique. Class fee of $245 includes tuition and most supplies.

Register at www.squareup.com/store/millistarr

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