The course will involve:

Prior to the Course

  • Video on how to prepare and stiffen your felt prior to the course
  • Information on where to purchase your felt and what to look for

Session 1

  • Techniques on how to block the crown and brim in one using any of the following:
    • Crown – Oval crown block at least 12cm tall (pinches can be put in after) or a fedora or trilby crown block in the size and shape you wish to use.  Crown blocks should be your desired size
    • Brim – a slanted or flat brim block or a flat wooden surface larger in size you wish your brim to be and the ability to use blocking pins in it.

Session 2

  • How to fit your headband preferable with stretch velvet ribbon (or if a quick sewer petersham)
  • How to size and cut your brim
  • How to trim the outside of your hat with Petersham ribbon
  • How to create a simple petersham bows and a simple cockade
  • How to create a feather mount for your Fedora

You will need

Materials

Either a Fur Felt or a Wool Felt Capeline (a cone or hood will be too small for a fedora)
Millinery Stiffener or other preferred felt stiffener
3 metres of petersham for the outside trims
Stretch velvet ribbon (width at least 1 inch) for the inside of the head fitting (if you can’t get this petersham will work it will just take longer to sew in)
Selection of feathers to your taste for the feather trim, a mixture of small interesting feathers and longer feathers if desired
Small piece of felt or buckram for you to sit your feather trim on

Equipment

UHU Glue
Blocking Cord
Blocking Pins
Thick piece of elastic 1 metre in length at least 1 inch in width
Small hammer
spare material such as calico or cheap material that can be used to mould the pinches
Dress maker pins with metal ends
Pegs
Steamer
Blocks (see below)

  • Crown – Oval crown block at least 12cm tall (pinches can be put in after) or a fedora or trilby crown block in the size and shape you wish to use.  Crown blocks should be your desired size
  • Brim – a slanted or flat brim block or a flat wooden surface larger in size you wish your brim to be and the ability to use blocking pins in it.

Scissors which are sharp and cut felt well
Usual needles and threads
White chalk or pencil and a tape measure

You will leave with:

  • Knowledge of how to prepare felt for blocking
  • Knowledge of how to block using the blocks you have and how to put fedora pinches in your felt
  • An understanding of different trims including petersham bows and cockades and a feather mount
  • Information on suppliers and materials.
  • A felt fedora hat and the skills to create more

To see more photos of our students work on this course, please link to the following facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/jrmillineryschool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=213708052648676

 

Course Dates

Saturday 3rd October 2020