Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What? Another Millinery Class! Collapsible Straw Travel Hats and Free-Form Hats, Including Silk Organza Hand-Rolled Flowers!

OK, on this Saturday, March 8, my felt blocking class will take place, and boy am I really excited.  As far as student turnout, it's a success!  A lot will be going on on Saturday.  Two students are returning for a hangout.  My millinery teacher, Mrs Essie Edwards, will be stopping in. She also introduced me to one of her former students that is selling off her hat block collection.  I purchased some of them and asked her to bring the others to class in case some of the students wanted to purchase her remaining lot.  I have some interesting students attending the class, one a television personality.  I'm putting together a student notebook to keep me on track, as well as something to give the students to help them out after they leave class.  Food, what will we eat; I'm still thinking about that one.  Yes, I'm excited!  I get excited about everything that has a learning and/or artistic component associated with it.  I'm finally winding down from putting the class together--not one of my best loved things, but this child-like giddiness is the payoff! 

Well, like having a baby, you always forget the pain.  I'm thinking about my next class, if you're interested.  I wanted to do something light, something where I wouldn't have to haul hat blocks, except for maybe balsa utility blocks. The decision was easy.  Why not do collapsible travel hats and silk organza, hand-rolled flowers to put on the hats?  In addition to the travel hat I'll add non-travel hats with fully standing crowns and large brims that turn up or down--no hat blocks needed--appropriate for the races!  Yes that's it!

So, I've pulled together images of travel hats I made in the long past and some hand-rolled flower images to give you an idea what I'm thinking about.  I don't have images of the the full sized hats made without hat blocks, but as soon as the class is over I will get busy making a few, and I will post them when I finish.  The travel hats and full hats can take from 5 minutes to an hour or so to make, depending on the brim treatment.  You could be your own little factory if you decided to sell them.

Back in the early 1990s travel hats were very popular.  They were selling for $250 and up on Melrose in West Los Angeles and Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.  You probably could find some going for that price in some high end stores today; I really couldn't say since I don't spend much time at Neimans any today because they don't have a large hat department any longer.  Back in the day I would go anywhere that had beautiful hand made hats to look at.  When visiting Neimans I would opt out of the valet parking and purchase a piece of candy so I could get my parking ticket validated.  Now you didn't think that I was going to purchase a hat did you?

Anyway, today travel hats are still big sellers, including the other free-form, more sculptural hats. They sell extremely well at fairs, conventions, and in boutiques.  They are loved by the young, as well as the more seasoned ladies; they can also be made in men styles.  I've noticed them selling between $35 and $120, depending on the type of straw they are made in, most recently.  Let's face it, these are the types of hats that spell creativity.   That's what many prospective hat buyers are looking for--something different.  So if you don't have any hat blocks, and you want a sure seller for all ages, this would be the perfect class for you.  Or you may just want to make something creative and special for yourself.  I'll get back to you with more images. 

Well, if you're interested, let me know; late April?  Plus, the price of the class is lower because of the materials and shorter time period for teaching it.

10 comments:

  1. I think this should be a great class, one I'd love to attend.

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  2. Can we all see the hat blocks incase she wants to ship them to the MID WEST? Also. I'm so envious. It's snowely cold and icy and you all are making hats. You're thinking spring. I fI could figure it out I would fly to your class if it was just for one day

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    1. Thank you Sassiehats. About the blocks, sorry, they are not my blocks. The lady that I purchased mine from will be in class on Saturday to sell off her remaining hats blocks, if possible..

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  3. Best wishes for your classes Lee. how exciting. Wish I could travel telepathically and attend as so much to learn from you - get inspired just reading about it all. Have fun and loads of laughs together as well :) look forward to photos of results from the workshops. Greetings from Australia.

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    1. Thank you so much Fay. You guys have plenty of great milliners there. I would love to take a class anywhere in the world.

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  4. Lee, sounds like an amazing class! I actually would love to come and take one some day, because I find straw such a great material to work with! :-) Thank you for stopping by my latest post. I understand it caused a bit of a hurricane. :-) I received a message from some lady on my Official Facebook Page about the discussion on my negative outlook. LOL Anyway, I copied her message to me and also my response to her and posted it under the "Ko-Ko Muse" post. You just never know what will make some people react. Writing in my Blog for years now and this is what causes such a fuss! :-) I hope you are doing well and your beautiful daughter and granddaughter continue to bring joy to your life. My best wishes your way always, Lee! :-)

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    1. Thanks Anya, I've grown lazy when it comes to visiting blogs. When I was on your blog, looking at all the posts I had missed, I was reminded what fine couture millinery looked like. I absolutely love making covered hats and I'm not as sharp as I once was. Seeing your blog inspires me to invest more time doing this again. Your students' work is also extremely beautiful.

      When I started this blog, I had the best intentions of sincerely giving something back in my own way. I have come under so much criticism and attack until I don't care anymore; not that I ever did care. This is my hobby and I don't know why small minded little people could care less about what I do. Much of the information given here came from my experimentation after learning formal couture millinery. It is mine to give as I please. May I add that some of them have no problem taking. Insecurity is such an ugly little thing. It causes one to concentrate on the wrong things rather than concentrating and improving on themselves.

      I appreciate your sharing. Too bad that some that pretend to support other milliners are only out for what they can get from them. No one is not going to take a class because I give "free information" (that's what they call it :) on this site.

      Anyway, wishing you and your family a continued blessed, loving, and prosperous life, as you deserve.

      About classes, one day I will take one from you, but this class is just too light for you :) Keep your head up. You have nothing to prove. Your work is proof enough.

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  5. Hello,
    You make beautiful hats. I cannot take your class because I live in London and CA is too far to travel to. But I am very interested in buying your fashionable collapsible, easy-to-travel-with summer hats whose picture you have near the bottom of your main page. Will you tell me if you sell those and if you do, is there any way for me to buy them? Please let me know megbymeg@gmail.com.

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    1. Hi Meg E,

      Thank you. I don't sell my hats but I'm thinking about it. If I do so, I'll let you know.

      Lee

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