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Millinery Techniques: Draping Head Wraps & Headbands 1W20


Using draping techniques with fabrics, create a comfortable and stylish turban, head-wrap or headband. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of a sewing machine. Limit 7 students

Denise Wallace-Spriggs


Denise Wallace-Spriggs is the Costume Crafts Artisan at the Tony Award winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston,  and has served in this role for 30 years. Her duties include working with designers to bring their designs to the stage. She creates parts of costumes such as armor, belts, jewelry, leather work and body padding; but her specialty is millinery.

She is the recent recipient of the Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts from her alma mater – Bridgewater State University.  Her work regularly appears in Broadway and Off Broadway productions in New York.

Denise has taught millinery, and fabric dyeing and modification in the Boston University School of Theatre for over 25 years. She regularly offers workshops at other colleges and craft  schools in the area as well as privately in her studio in Stoughton, MA

Denise’s students now fill important roles in the theatre all over the country, including posts at the New York City Ballet, the Glimmerglass Festival, Brigham Young University, Towson University, Ohio State, Rutgers, NYU, and the Santa Fe Opera.


Millinery, Hat Making, Fiber Art
Materials & Tools:

$20 payable in class

Students Should Bring:

  • Fabric Choices- as some may not work well for the technique
  • Trim or trim fabric (if desired))
  • Notions (such as; matching thread, buttons, buckles, trims, decorations, laces)
  • Scissors for paper
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Inspiration images if you have them 

(Students may feel free to email them to me before hand, so I can make sure we have all the equipment that they will need on hand)

  • Straight Pins
  • Tape measure- sewing type
  • 2” wide clear ruler for patterning ( Dritz or C-Thru are good brands) Pencils (#2)
  • Fabric Marking pencils
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Sewing machine Bobbins (Class 15) 

The instructor will have milliner's style grosgrain ribbon, and wire for available for inexpensive purchase in class.  Not every hat uses these items, but many do.