1009 E. Main Street Louisville, KY 40206

Handmade hats for all seasons and occasions

Hat Making Workshops

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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

Location

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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Making a Cloche Hat: September 6-7, 2019

$365.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

 This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space 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. What comes to mind when you hear Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby? Cloches of course! In this two day workshop you will learn out to “block” Parasisal straw or wool over a crown and brim cloche hat block. Once blocked, we will wire the brim, style with the wire, put in a sweat band and embellish. All materials are included (Parasisal straw, 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.

3 hours (1st day) September 6th 11am-2pm
5 hours (2nd day) September 7th 11am-4pm
$365.00 per person (millinery materials included)
2 day class

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


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

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Free Form Hat with Jinsin: September 6, 2019

$375.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space 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. Jinsin is a form of Bamboo found in Australia. It is an expensive Millinery material to import, so it is not seen often in the USA. Jinsin can be a delicate material, so we will learn how to gently wet and steam it in order to manipulate it. Jinsin is very sculptural, so no hat blocks are used. I will also demonstrate how you can print on them and alter the Jinsin to give it a completely different finish. Once a shape is created, we will then make it into a hat to wear. I will provide Jinsin for attendees. Attendees will need to bring a dummy head, water bottle, towel, water bin (small litter box size) needles, thread, large pins and scissors. Hand sewing is required.

Wine and snacks will be served during the workshop.

5 hours September 6th 2pm-7pm
$375 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 building)


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

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Flowering Feathers:September 7, 2019

$330.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space 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. Have you ever wondered how they make those feather flowers in stores or on those fancy hats you see? I will teach you several techniques and tricks to the trade on making feather flowers. No more buying $50 and $60 feather flowers for your hats, gifts or hair. I will be providing the feathers. Attendees need to bring hot glue gun and hot glue, small scissors, travel size curling iron and travel size flat iron.

Wine and snacks will be served during the workshop.

3.5 hours September 7th 4:30pm-8:00pm
$330 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 building) 


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

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Taking your artwork to the next level: September 12, 2019

$250.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Branding, marketing and self-promotion is one of the hardest things an artist has to figure out. You can make beautiful art, but have no idea where to sell it in order to reach your client base. Who is your client base? How should I price my art? Are you considering taking your artwork to the next level? Do you have a website, but no one knows about it? What is the best way to market and brand your art? How should I determine a marketing budget, what if I don’t have one? Curious about entering Art Fairs to sell your wares and learning the nuts and bolts of everything involved? What is the difference between Wholesale Shows and Retails Shows and which one is right for you? During this workshop you will learn the do's and don’ts of the jury process and how to provide pictures that the jury is looking for to get accepted to shows. Fine Art Fairs vs. Craft Fairs. You will learn what is involved with preparation and the materials involved with set up and break down. Commitment, Hours, Expenses, Inventory, Price Point, Competition, Wholesale Orders, Custom Orders, Booth Appearance, Signage, Marketing Materials, Demos, Your Audience, Employees, Sales Reps, Commissions, Travel, The Weather, Insurance, Taxes and much more! Believe it or not, to be successful 20% of your time is making your art and the other 80% is keeping your business alive. I will give you valuable information on the best way to brand your business so it shines among your competition.

3 hours September 12th 5pm-8pm
$250.00 1 day class 

 

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


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

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Blocking Straw into a Hat: September 13-14, 2019

$365.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

 This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space 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. Each person will learn the different types of straw for blocking and how they are best used. They will learn how to wet and steam the straw to form it over a hat block to make a shape of a hat. We will be blocking both a crown and a brim separately. Once dry, we will then hand sew the crown and brim together. It will be finished with wiring on the brim, a sweat band in the crown and any embellishments one chooses. Each person will walk away with a beautiful hat that they can wear with pride.

All hat bodies, hat forms, rope, sizing, joiners and wiring will be provided. I would like all attendees to bring embellishments, a sewing kit that includes needles, thread, pins, scissors, thimble, elastic, hammer, nails, tacks, pliers, variety of thread colors and a spray bottle for water and a towel.

Wine and snacks will be served during the workshop.

3 hours (1st day) September 13th 11am-2pm
5 hours (2nd day) September 14th 11am-4pm
$365 per person (millinery materials included)
2 day class

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


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

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Free Form Straw: September 13, 2019

$335.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

 This course starts off with a tour of Jenny’s Hat Shop and personal work space 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.

Wine and snacks will be served during the workshop.

5 hours September 13th 2pm-7pm
$335.00 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 building) 


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."