Hello, again! This post is about my second class at Lacis in Berkeley, California, in late July. The first class (French Flowermaking) is further down the blog, past Jean Paul Gaultier.
Fascinating Fascinators: Sinamay Headpieces, was the first time I've taught a millinery class at Lacis. It was a one-day class, specifically about using unstiffened sinamay to create abstract and whimsical fascinators.
Unstiffened sinamay can be harder to find than its cousin, stiffened sinamay. However, you cannot create the free-flowing curves, loops, and twists with stiffened as you can with the unstiffened. Unstiffened usually comes in natural, white and black, although you can sometimes get it in other colors. Seems that right before class, as we were ordering materials, we couldn't get anything but natural. Some students brought their own unstiffened yardage, but natural was about all there was to find on the market at the time. That is why you see so much natural in the following pictures.
Check out the following pieces. Finished except for the final sewing together. The design is complete. Not much embellishment needed for these type headpieces as the curve of the piece speak volumes as to style.
So pleased with the progress and finished pieces everyone did. Most students in the class had no millinery experience. I think they did a fabulous job of using a millinery medium most do not use to full advantage.
Ok, ok, I promise...the class at Wayne Wichern's coming up next. Right now I'm busy packing for my annual teaching week at John C. Campbell Folk School. That post up after I return...and after the post for Abstract Shaping at Wayne's.
Happy hatting and thanks for reading! Tell your millinery friends about our blog.