Edwina teaching at Hats Off to Adelaide
In July 2017, Edwina will be putting on her teaching hat and traveling boots for Hats Off to Adelaide Millinery Convention. There is a fantastic line up of Milliners from around the world. Edwina is delighted to have been invited to teach several different classes, which include a Perfect Blocking Master Class.
Australia has a thriving and dynamic millinery community. Take advantage of some interesting classes and opportunities to meet others in the millinery world. Booking for the event is open, so book your classes early. Edwina says, “Don’t dilly dally.”
Perfect Blocking Master Class
Learn the tips and techniques that have been honed to perfection over 25 years as a professional
milliner. Edwina will consult on your more challenging blocks as well as teach a variety of techniques
from the deceptively difficult round crown, the bias brim, to indents and points.
Learn how to block, press and stiffen a three layer sinamay/pinokpok round crown and a bias brim. Prepare a fur felt and block a two-piece hat using traditional millinery techniques. Pick up tips on how to use blocking pins, blocking rope, stiffener, pressing tools, and a pusher to remove the beautiful blocked hats.
Metal Flowers and Shapes
Add an ‘edge’ to your millinery with flowers made from metal sheets. New or recycled metal, this flower technique brings a new texture to the more familiar silk flowers.
Learn to use traditional flower making tools to create beautiful metal flowers. We will focus on a rose, but will explore other shapes as well.
Inserts, Dots and Painting
Three unusual techniques for creating features to integrate into your couture hat designs. The insert technique uses the natural properties of fur felt to create contrasting diamond inserts in a felt hat that appear to be attached by magic. Learn how to add your own individual dots to a straw hat, and pick up stitching techniques of a couture milliner. Use painting techniques to embellish felt hats with individual designs.
Abstract Sinamay with Quills
Learn many ways to manipulate, fold and shape sinamay from origami style shapes through to free flowing organic shapes.
Pick up tips on how to cut feathers for a modern and architectural look. Then integrate the sinamay and feathers for an individual head piece. Delegates will come away from the class with various samples of sinamay shapes and time permitting a prototype head piece.