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Kay's Art of Millinery  
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Hello and welcome to Kay's Art of Millinery. This blog is to thank you for the e-mails and calls in reference to my workshops, and recent opportunity to be the sponsored designer in Jet Magazine’s April 30, 2012 issue.

I also wish you to know the buckram hat frames pages on the site have been completed and you may place your orders. On the new buckram frame pages you will find the largest selection of hat frames on the internet utilizing almost one hundred wooden crown and brim blocks.

Many of the buckram frames are different from any others offered, which allows you to create hat designs no one else has because most of them are NOT sold or produced by other milliners. All the frames are individually hand blocked using white buckram. The two-piece crowns and brims combinations are not attached however, some will be for shipping purposes. 

Those buying hat frames need to know they are considered unfinished because they lack outer coverings, linings, and embellishments…... for those wishing to add them. Also. please keep checking the site for new hat frames, which will include hat frames from my newly acquired Fascinator hat blocks. 

Lastly, I will be bringing more than 200 hat frames to each weekend workshop for sale, and look forward to hearing from you again soon. For those registered for workshops I will see you soon, in the meantime…..happy hat making. If you wish to contact me make sure the e-mail address you leave is correct. 
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Workshop locations and other updats

by Kay Durden on 01/30/14

Hello everyone,

This newsletter/blog is to update you about the locations of the 2014 workshops of Kay’s Art of Millinery.  Past students ordering buckram hat frames from the website during the month of February 2014 will receive a 10% discount and new customers will receive a 5% discount.  Below are links to the buckram hat frames and workshops being offered. http://kaysartofmillinery.homestead.com/Buckram-Intro-and-LInks.html



Future newsletters will be discussing helpful hat making tips, so if you have encountered problems while making hats e-mail me and I will try helping by answering your concerns here.  Lastly, refresher courses are available at all locations for the 8-hour 2014 workshops and past students may attend for half the registration fee.  To participate past student must bring their own supplies, register and pay in advance, the refresher courses are limited to four past students each workshop.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kay Durden










2013 Weeklong workshops

by Kay Durden on 03/09/13

Hello every, this blog is to notify, and invite you to my 2013 workshops, which each  consists of 7 days.  You now have the option of attending 4, 8, 24 hours and even the full week.  Those embellishing workshops you have be asking for are included along with two other new  workshops.  The covering and frame making workshops are now three days at your request. You know what that means….you have more time to create and finish more hats and hat frames.  Two of those new workshops are right around the corner; the first is March 11-17, 2013 at Artist at the Fall,

12974 S.W. 89th Street, Miami Florida
The second is April 15-21, 2013 at the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance,
1705 Commerce Drive NW,  Atlanta Georgia
For more information about the new and old workshops or  to register click http://www.kaysartofmillinerycalifstyle.com/class-registration.html I look forward to seeing you and hope you each have great weekends.









Ongoing Hat Making Workshops

by Kay Durden on 08/03/12

Join me for upcoming 2012 hat-making workshops in Georgia, Texas or Louisiana.  Learn the proper techniques for covering basic hat frames or come make your own hat frames from scratch. If you are buying the run of the mill hat frames and want something different these are workshops you will not want to miss.You will have more than 35 wooden hat blocks from which to choose along with 5 Fascinator blocks. Registration fees for 8-hour workshops without supplies is $125.00 each day and $175.00 with supplies. For more information visit http://kaysartofmillinery.homestead.com, or e-mail me kaydurdenusa@netscape.net    

Special Group Workshops

by Kay Durden on 06/11/11

 Hello everyone, I am offering Hat Making Workshops for beginners to groups of ten or less.  This is a great opportunity if your group ever wanted to learn to make hats.  Each workshop is eight hours and if ten people attend, the fee for the group is $50.00 per person.  This offer is good during the weeks workshops are scheduled and the conditions are:  

1. The group registration fee is $500.00.

2. No more than 10 participants may participate at one event.

3. The group must provide a known facility and everyone attending must be registered.

4. Half the fee must be paid prior to the start of the workshop.

5. All participants must come prepared with supplies and be ready to work.


6. I reserve the right to refuse any participant and facility.  

7. The workshops may not be more than 50 miles from the zip codes where workshops are being conducted during that week.

8. The group must contact me for a supply list.  If this sounds like fun, please post your comments, and you may register your group on my website www.kaysartofmillinery.homestead.com I hope to meet you all personally.

9. If your group does not have access to supplies for covering or frame making s contact me and I will work with you.











Kay’s Hat Blog

by Kay Durden on 06/26/10

Hello and welcome to my new hat blog. Many of you have e-mailed me about hat-making and in the past I have answered you personally. I am aware those of us practicing the art of millinery are a small group, and information is not always readily available. For that reason I have decided to post you questions and comments to help other milliners who often have the same concerns.