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Straw, Straw, and More Straw Hats: Blocking, Weaving, and Stitching

June 5 - 10, 2022 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Jan Wutkowski  · @janwutkow

Workshop at a glance

Learn to use numerous millinery straws to create traditional and contemporary women’s hats using time-honored techniques.


  • Blocking different hat bodies over forms for traditional shapes
  • Using various types of straw yardage for contemporary styles
  • Learn various stitching and measuring techniques
  • Learn ways to stiffen straws with types of sizing and the pros/cons of each
  • Execute methods for creating self-embellishments with straw off-cuts
  • Proficiency in working with hat band techniques, edge finishes, wiring, and design elements


  • Parisisal straw, Panama straw hat bodies, buntal mats
  • Sinamay, raffia, jinsin straw yardage
  • Straw braids


  • Create at least three hats from each type of straw

Artist Bio

Jan Wutkowski lives in Wilmington, North Carolina and studied millinery at the Melbourne School of Millinery in Australia and has been creating one-of-a-kind hats and headpieces since 1995. She is the co-founder of Millinery Meet-Up, an internationally recognized millinery educational conference, held biennially on the Arrowmont campus. Wutkowski has taught at many arts and crafts schools throughout the U.S. including Spruill Center for the Arts, John. C. Campbell Folk School, Southwest School of Art & Craft, and the Mendocino Art Center, as well as venues in the UK, France, Ireland, and Australia.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn to use millinery straws to create traditional and contemporary women’s hats using time-honored techniques. You will discover multiple types and forms to create hat bodies and to block them into traditional styles like boaters, pillboxes, and Bretons. Unique straw yardage can also be used to block or free-form into contemporary styles such as fascinator headpieces or to weave and manipulate braids and embellishments for further design possibilities. Whether you are new to millinery or want to improve your techniques, this class will advance and strengthen your straw skill sets. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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