Kate’s Blog

Contact me for more information about my hats and millinery classes. I work with women in the Washington, DC, area.

Why Not a Hat?

Check out my new youtube channel called “Why Not a Hat?”

It’s a fun introduction to all things millinery and I will be on occasion teaching some techniques to get you started on your own millinery addiction. Come along. It’s fun! We can learn together.

The Art of Millinery

I will be teaching a new class for Arlington Community Learning beginning on Monday, April 13 for four weeks 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will begin by blocking this free form straw hat, one that does not require an expensive hat block. Once your hat is shaped we will move on to hat trims and tracing your pattern for a cut and sewn cloche style hat while your straw dries. In subsequent classes you will learn how to finish and trim your straw hat as well as your cut and sewn cloche.

To register go to www.apsva./adulted or call 703.228.7200

Class # is HE291 and the class will be at Syphax 117

Hope to see you there for some millinery fun!

Fascinating Fascinators

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching millinery classes for Arlington County Public Schools beginning next month. This is your chance to try your hand at an old fashioned art form with tweaks to modernize for our times. First up is Fascinating Fascinators where you will learn how to make and cover a wire band then trim with a purchased or handmade embellishment. We will cover lots of options!

This is a two session class on Wednesdays, February 26 and March 4, 2020 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.

Tuition is $79.00 (all materials included). Register online at www.apsva.us/yep or call 703-228-7200. Course Code is YPG119.

Come join in the fun and keep an eye out for future classes both for after school and adult ed. What do you want to learn how to make?


Vanilla Beane

I had the great pleasure of viewing Benjamin Ferris’s paintings of 100 year old DC milliner, Vanilla Beane, and her hats yesterday at Gallery Neptune Brown. I am truly sorry that I missed the Opening which I hear was spectacular! The exhibit ends this Sunday so get down there quickly if you’d like to enjoy them. I was told that self taught Ms. Beane attributes her longevity to her continued work at what she loves. What more motivation do we need to have fun and make hats?

Don’t forget to sign up for the Holiday Halo Hat class at Gallery Clarendon on November 9 if you want to get in on this longevity thing.

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What is it?

What is it about a hat that provokes a smile, a vamp, a conversation? Is it because they are rarely worn in our culture these days? Is it because one needs to be “brave” to wear one? I wonder.

We had a great deal of fun and hattitude at the Hat Chat on Saturday at Gallery Clarendon. I wanted to know which styles provoked interest and who may be inclined to take a moment of fantasy to a few hours of creative fun.

Good hats may be rare and expensive but they are so much fun to make. For me millinery is creative therapy. Want to join the fun?



My garden is blooming and so is my new Frida Halo Hat. Come on out tomorrow (May 11) to Gallery Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia for a chance to try on lots of different styles, learn your head size, how to wear a hat and to sign up for a fun millinery class. The fun starts at 4:00 p.m. See you there.