Learn the fine art of millinery.

Create your own beautiful hats!


Beginning and Advanced workshops provide ideal opportunities to explore the world of millinery whether you're an aspiring milliner or simply interested in making hats for personal pleasure. Wayne is an experienced and skillful teacher who generously shares his knowledge. Two well-equipped studios, each with an extraordinary collection of vintage and contemporary hat blocks provide unique environments for your creativity to flourish.


Using traditional wood hat blocks, millinery felts and straw materials you will learn to block and shape hats, then create trims and embellishments to complete your wonderful hats. Small classes insure personal attention and regardless of your experience, Wayne will adapt instruction and class work to your individual needs and assist you in creating wonderful hats. Studio Locations: Burlingame, CA (near the San Francisco Airport) and Seattle, WA (Ballard/Fremont neighborhood).

Visit Judith Nowland Tricia Roush or Ulla Milbrath's blogs to read about their workshop experiences.

A Hat For All Seasons - Wayne Wichern - Ornament Magazine

Wayne Wichern - Hat Maker - TalkArt Interview With The Artist

Wayne Wichern - Portrait of a Milliner - Artist Profile Film - Tracy Martin

San Francisco Chronicle - Milliner Wayne Wichern by Edward Guthmann


Burlingame, CA Studio: Located across the courtyard from the Peninsula Museum of Art. The Museum Studios facility is a former office building transformed into 30 artist studios. Plenty of parking - the Millbrae BART / Caltrain Station is a few blocks away. The studio is 10 minutes from the San Francisco Airport and near hotel accommodations and services.

Seattle, WA Studio: (corner of NW 48th and 9th Ave NW just off Leary Way) As of June 1st the Ballard Millinery Studio will move to our new location, just a few blocks north of our current location. We look forward to seeing you there. 1109 1/2 NW 52nd Street, Seattle, WA

Two Part Top Hat

Blocking Workshop

During this Advanced Level workshop Jennifer blocks a magenta felt over the brim block and the burgundy felt over the asymmetrical crown block, actually blocking two hats which will become one.

The magenta brim and burgundy crown will be paired together for an oversized Edwardian style hat. The magenta, gold and burgundy brocade fabric will be used to cover the outside of the brim and the top of the burgundy top hat crown as shown. Eventually the entire crown will be covered with the brocade. The felt brim and crown will be joined together to complete this dramatic hat.


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