Atlanta, Georgia! I teach here, at the Spruill Arts Center, about twice a year. This Fall I taught a class that is relatively new. It was Open Studio Blocking: Straw and Felt. The premise is that I bring a whole bunch of blocks--new, vintage, puzzle, odd, interesting, unique, fabulous! Each person blocks as many hats as they can over the blocks OR they learn the basics of blocking in a broad atmosphere of other, more experienced milliners. This class was divided into two groups, a group that is very comfortable with blocking millinery materials...and a group that has little to no blocking experience.
I'm always intrigued by these buildings in the area of northern Atlanta where I teach--Perimeter Center. These high-rise office buildings have what I think of as wonderful wire frame construction tops! The first time I taught wire frames in Atlanta I stayed at the hotel next to these buildings. I was back at the hotel this time and caught them at sunrise.
I loaded up my car and took about 35 hatblocks for class. That's a big load...and heavy! But I wanted a huge array of hatblocks for everyone to choose from.
More blocks! These are mostly crown and whole-hat blocks.
I had 6 ladies who had never blocked before. We did a comprehensive study on capelines--blocking, sizing, cutting crown from brim (and why!), re-attaching crown and brim (plus the specialty stitching), adding petersham, adding wire, and some other skills and techniques too.
Long-time students, Judy and Diane block block block block block! Gorgeous royal blue fur felt capeline Diane is working on! I had 4 students who blocked an incredible amount of hats over 2 days...to be finished at home. This was about taking advantage of the many blocks available for the weekend. And they did!
Love the colors, love the styles!
Happy hatting and I'll see you real soon for another post on my blog!