Jenny Pfanenstiel named the Featured Milliner of the 146th Kentucky Derby®

1009 E. Main Street Louisville, KY 40206

Creating quality, handmade hats for all seasons and occasions.

Creating quality, handmade hats for all seasons and occasions.

Creating quality, handmade hats for all seasons and occasions.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 person will receive a Certification of Completion in their particular course.

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,


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

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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."