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 or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.

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 for details or to sign up. Happy hat-making!

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