Hats off to upcoming National Trust fundraiser

| 04/09/2015
Cayman News Service

Participants show off their hats at the 2015 “Hatitude” fundraiser (Photo by Melissa Wolfe)

(CNS): Local milliner Laura Anderton will host a series of hat-making courses as a lead up to the National Trust “Hatitude: Brunch Upon a Time” fundraiser set for Sunday, 31 January 2016. Open to different skill levels, workshops will take place from October to January at the National Trust office located in South Sound Dart Family Park.

There will be three workshops from which to choose: Hat-Making level 1, Fascinating Fascinators and Petite Creations level 1, and Open Studio.

The three-day Hat-Making workshop will introduce participants to the art of being a milliner, teaching the basic structure of creating a simple headpiece from the initial design to the finished product. Although not essential, basic sewing skills are helpful to expedite the process. The course will begin with an introduction to textiles, fibres and block shapes.

Students will learn how to measure and cut the materials, steam and block their chosen shape and add necessary trims. The workshop costs CI$300 for Trust members and CI$350 for non-members.

The two-day weekend Fascinating Fascinators course will introduce students to the art of fascinators, and teach them the different approach to creating a headpiece instead of the more-complex dress hats. Quicker to make, fascinators can work for formal occasions and range from very simple to elaborate. This workshop will cost CI$200 for Trust members and CI$250 for non-members.

Held on alternate Fridays from 23 October to 4 December, Open Studio will allow students additional time to finish a particular project and receive more instruction to create a unique piece. Participants can create pieces as holiday presents or give a gift of a workshop to friends and family. These workshops cost CI$70 for Trust members and CI$75 for non-members.

Materials will be provided as part of each course fee and additional materials are available for those who wish to make more than one piece. Students are asked to bring a snack and/or lunch. Water, tea and coffee will be provided.

There will be two additional Open Studio workshops on 16 and 23 January 2016 (at the same cost), where students will not only have the opportunity to design their unique pieces but may also purchase handmade fascinators and hats from Anderton while enjoying a champagne closing reception.

National Trust director Christina Pineda said they are “excited to celebrate history in a creative way” with the Brunch Upon a Time event, explaining that participants are “encouraged to come dressed as someone famous from history, whether real or fantasy”.

She added, “Whether that is in full regalia or just highlighted by choice of hat, the most ‘Hatitude’ competition should certainly be quite something to behold in January.”

For registration information and complete workshop dates, visit the National Trust website or email Laura Anderton.

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