The 2008 GBACG Workshop Series Presents:
18th Century Bergère Hat Workshop

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 -- 11pm to 4pm
Bay Area Christian Connection, Oakland, CA

Join GBACG as we get ready for our 18th Century Tea. Come and learn to make a mainstay of 18th Century headwear, the Bergère Hat (French for shepherdess). Up until the latter part of the 18th Century it was a most popular hat perched upon ladies heads. This most versatile and flattering style consists of a shallow crown and a wide, flat brim. Wear the brim folded back, turned up or down, ribbons under chin or behind the head. No matter how you wear it, this hat looks terrific on everyone.

Surviving hats from this period include both straw and fabric covered examples. In this millinery workshop you will learn to construct a fabric covered, French fleece mulled hat. (mulling is an interlining) The brim is constructed of wired buckram, the crown (provided) is hand blocked buckram. Students will be able to choose the width of their hat and two crown choices will be available. Instruction will include a demo on blocking the buckram crown. We will also cover a technique that allows the maker to finish the edge of the hat without the use of a binded edge. After the hat is constructed, we’ll go on to how to trim this type of hat with the ribbon or fabric trims seen widely in the 18th Century. The objective of this class is for the attendees to learn correct buckram millinery techniques so they may continue to make hats on their own.

Instructor Bio: The instructor for our class is Lynne Taylor, an accomplished milliner with a love of teaching others this challenging art. Lynne served as the GBACG Workshop Coordinator from 2002 through 2006. She has taught numerous GBACG workshops, Costume College classes and private classes. Especially of note are “Creating a Beautiful Bonnet” and the very popular “Ups and Downs: a workshop in parasol recovering”.

Details: Price of class includes kit fee. Kit includes: a hand blocked buckram crown, buckram for the brim, French fleece mulling, wire, wire joiner and comb. A supply list will be sent to attendees that will include fabric and trim suggestions. Students need to have good hand sewing skills, and need to supply their own portable sewing machine (with zigzag setting), attendees should know how to operate their machine.

Location: Bay Area Christian Connection, 810 Clay St., Oakland, CA 94607. Google Map Directions
There is a parking lot adjacent to the church behind the neighboring building- entrance is on Clay St. There is also metered parking and pay lots close by.

Cost: $65.00 GBACG Members, $75.00 Non-Members, Price includes kit fee.

Buy a GBACG Membership (purchase separately first) and save on workshop costs by getting the member price!!!

MEMBERS: $65

NON-MEMBERS: $75


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You must be a GBACG member to receive the member price. Sister Organization members are not eligible for GBACG member prices for workshops, only for events and Costume Academy. If you are a member and are purchasing tickets for yourself and friends who are not members, then only you are entitled to the member price. You must pay the non-member price for your friends.

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Deadline for Sign-up: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 or until full. Space is limited.

Questions? Email Mia Jackson, Workshop Coordinator, at .

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