1009 E. Main Street Louisville, KY 40206

Creating quality, handmade hats for all seasons and occasions.

Hat Making Workshops


Create a Hat from Scratch with Instruction by Master Milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make hats from scratch, or expand your current knowledge of hat making?   

Join us for a day of creativity, friendship and all things hats.  All levels of experience welcome. Hat making workshops are available through group instruction, private 1on1, or a custom series.  Hat workshops are taught by Master Milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel at the Formé Millinery Hat Shop in Louisville, Kentucky.  In order to plan each workshop accordingly, pre-registration is required.  Reserve your spot for each course of interest via PayPal below. 

Each course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space where she creates the hats. You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years and be able to see them up close.  You will learn the different types of millinery materials for blocking and sculpting and how they are best used.  Jenny will work closely with each person guiding them on the proper couture techniques used to create the hat or embellishment.

If you are interested in a private workshop, please contact us for details, info@formemillinery.com


Workshops take place at the Formé Millinery Hat Shop at 1009 E. Main St. Louisville, Kentucky.  Jenny is available to travel locally and internationally for custom hat making workshops.

Beginner Hat Making Workshops

Blocking a Straw Crown and Brim into a Hat

Blocking a Wool Crown and Brim into a Hat

Making a Cloche Hat

Making a Royal Wedding Fascinator

Working with Horsehair

Making a Hat from Jinsin

Free-form Straw

Free-form Wool 

Making Feather Flowers Embellishments Galore 

Taking Your Artwork to the Next Level

Intermediate Hat Making Workshops

Straw Braid OH MY!

Manipulating Wool (burning, stamping etc.)

Blocking a Fascinator with Found Objects  

Carving your Own Hat Block

"Block"ing Party

Near by Hotels

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AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville

700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 217-6300 


The Brown Hotel

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

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Omni Louisville Hotel

400 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 313-6664 



Free Form Wool: November 23, 2019

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This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal workspace where she creates the hats from scratch. You will be able to see up close raw materials and vintage machines and items she uses to create her creations. You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years and be able see them up close. Does your style take on a more abstract look and feel, or have you just wanted to create a wool hat with no boundaries?  This course takes hat making to the next level without using hat blocks. You will learn how to take wool and by using a head form as a base, you will twist, turn, fold, and manipulate the material to create a beautiful abstract hat piece. We will then finish the hat by hand. All materials are included. Attendees need to bring a canvas wig head, water bottle, towel, sewing kit, long pins and any embellishments.

All materials are included (wool, wire, joiners, grosgrain, blocks, sizing, rope etc.) Attendees need to bring a basic sewing kit, water bottle, towel and any embellishments. 


Wine and snacks will be served during the workshop.   

5 hours, November 23rd, 11am-4pm

$335 per person (millinery materials included)

1 day class

Please note the hat shop has moved to a new address: 1009 E. Main St. Louisville, KY (green cottage) 

Due to the preparation for each course, there are no refunds.  Your reservation is transferable. 

Hat Making Workshop Testimonials

Stacey - Chicago, IL

"Thank you again for the wonderful experiences making my own hats this weekend! I found the entire process so interesting, challenging, and fun! You're a wonderful - and patient - instructor, thank you again. I had an amazing time."

Amelia - Louisville, KY

"The workshop was wonderful! I loved it. You are an amazing teacher and very patient! I look forward to attending more of your workshops in the future. Thank you so much."

Robbie - Durfort, France

"I'm back at work after my amazing French adventure. I'm loving my memories, they are indeed magical. Thank you so much Jenny for this life changing experience. I love and miss you all."

Yvonne - Charleston, SC

"I had the great pleasure in taking the class she taught in Chicago and had a great time along with learning a few things. She is awesome and a pleasure to know."

Christie - Baltimore, MD

"I just wanted to tell you one more time how much Talia and I enjoyed your classes and getting to know you! We are both at work today dreaming about making hats and fascinators. Actually we are making a list of supplies we want to order. Again, thank you for everything. Once Talia and I have a chance we will contact you about future class opportunities."

Judy - Laporte, IN

"Your class at Judith M's on fascinators so inspired me. Took an additional class there on buckram and am now into making cocktail hats. Thank you."