In this one-day workshop, students will learn techniques for neatly finishing brim edges for both straw and felt hats. We will discuss how to measure, join and sew on millinery wire, as well as choosing the appropriate type and gauge of wire for the project. I will demonstrate how to hand-roll edges, how to bind edges and grosgrain ribbon and bias fabric, and how to properly cut and prep raw edges. Students will choose four of the six techniques taught, and will complete several samples in order to practice and perfect brim edges. Previous hand sewing skills recommended.
Note:This is a technique-based course (as opposed to project-based) so you will be working on brims only and not making a finished hat.
The class fee of $220 includes all supplies. Register at
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.