Make a Fascinator Workshop

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Anyone can learn to make a fascinator!

Join me at the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio on Saturday, February 6, 2016 or Saturday, February 7, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm and learn to make a fascinator that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. You’ll learn how to make petals that cover a circular straw base, a feather bundle and gathered netting to create a whimsical and unique headpiece.

All materials and instruction are included in the fee of $85 per person. Preregistration and payment are required before attending. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not required.

If you would like to attend, please contact me at whatagreathat@gmail.com or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.

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Blocking a Wool Felt Hat Workshop

Creating a hat with two hands and your imagination is rewarding and fun. Three students recently completed the Basic Wool Felt Hat Blocking workshop at What a Great Hat! Each completed a hat from start to finish in the two-day class. The hats were completely hand blocked and hands sewn for a true couture experience. Well done everyone!

2016 kicks off a workshop a month at the What a Great Hat studio. Next up is how to make a Valentine’s Day fascinator on February 6 and then How to Embellish a Kentucky Derby Hat on April 2. Please email Paula at whatagreathat@gmail.com for details or to sign up. Happy hat-making!

In-Studio Perspectives

January is starting with a full schedule of workshops and custom orders, which is great news.
I had the pleasure of teaching a felt flower pin workshop last Saturday to seven wonderful women. It’s always fun to see the variety of what’s created in my workshops, and I am always pleased with each person’s interpretation of the project at hand.
I’m teaching another of these workshops this coming Saturday, January 11. I have two spaces available in the 10 am – noon workshop and two spaces open in the 1 pm – 3 pm session. Please let me know right away if you’d like to attend.
Here are some photos from the event. More photos are posted on my What a Great Hat Facebook page.

Busy hands

Busy hands


One-on-one with my niece, Bridget

One-on-one with my niece, Bridget


Workshop felted flower 5

Eco-friendly Felted Flower Pin Workshop

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us! While I love the spirit of the season, I always look forward to the “newness” of the New Year. For me, it’s the perfect time to reflect, refocus and begin new projects.

After the holidays, you may want to join me as I teach some workshops on how to make felt flower pins using recycled wool sweaters. The workshops are set up to help those of you who have not had the courage to take the next step in your creative process, but have always wanted to try . It’s all about having fun and learning something new. You’ll be able to complete one flower pin during the two-hour workshop.

Classes will be held at the What a Great Hat Studio in Fairlawn. There will be three separate workshops; Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1pm – 3 pm OR Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am – noon or 1 pm – 3 pm. The workshop fee is $30 per person, which includes patterns and all materials. Please sign up soon because classes are filling up fast!

If you have any questions or wish to make reservations, contact Paula at 330-592-2295 or by email whatagreathat@gmail.com

Felted flower pins

Felted wool headband and flower workshop at What A Great Hat

I had the pleasure of teaching a mini-workshop at my studio last weekend to a terrific 8-year-old, her mother, and grandmother. Grandma is a quilt/fiber artist so mom has also been around art all of her life. Our 8-year-old is a natural – she really understands how to put colors together. Although her favorite color is pink, she stretched and went for a purple theme (although we needle felted a touch of pink on her flowers so that it went with her pink outfits too). By the way, she can sew better than some adults I know :o)

Here are a couple of photos. Note her use of color – especially the turquoise button in the center of her flower. I had pulled some buttons that coordinated with her color scheme but she selected the turquoise all on her own. Adorable!

Fabulous Headband

Fabulous Headband

Headband Workshop
Headband Workshop