I'll be at Anime North Texas doing a Hat Making Basics workshop.
At present it's scheduled for 2:30 PM on Friday, November 20th. I'll be covering basics of making hats using items from the fabric or craft store. This demo will show you how to make a fascinator using the most common techniques and materials. In addition, you'll learn how to use things you may have at home to reshape thrift store hats for costumes, and how to keep the hats you have in good shape.
Why use craft and fabric store materials when specialty millinery materials are better? Well, if you're learning the basics, why waste expensive materials? The same principle applies to prototyping and making tests for fitting purposes. If you already sew, you know about the concept of making a muslin for a test fitting before you use your expensive fabric. It's the same principle here, particularly if you're trying to replicate a particular piece of headgear. And if you find you have to make a hat at the last minute, then you should be more familiar with what you can get over the counter to do the job.
I'll also cover basic tools. Don't worry; if you don't have these tools at home, they're inexpensive and easy to get.
Hope to see you there!