Sat, 14 Oct|
Pearl Beach Arboretum
Cabbage Tree Hat Making Workshop over 2 days - Limited to 6 places!
Cabbage Tree Hat making is a craft dating back to very early colonial Australian history with the first written evidence going back to 1799. There are two one day workshops - Saturday 14 October 2023 and Saturday 11 November - 4 weeks apart. The workshops by experienced hat maker Sue Brian.
Time & Location
14 Oct, 9:00 am – 11 Nov, 4:00 pm
Pearl Beach Arboretum, 69-71 Crystal Ave, Pearl Beach NSW 2256, Australia
About the event
Cabbage Tree Hat making is a craft dating back to very early colonial Australian history with the first written evidence going back to 1799. The registration includes two full workshop days - 4 weeks apart. Lunch and refreshments are provided. On the first day we cover the history of the hats, the materials, how they were made and learn the weave. You will then weave enough to start sewing the crown of the hat. Before the second meeting, you will hopefully be able to weave enough to finish sewing the crown and have sufficient to make the sides of the hat. At the second meeting you will learn how to turn the crown to make the sides and if you have sufficient woven, will be able to turn the sides for the brim, enabling you to complete the hat.
Sue developed a passion for learning traditional skills in weaving and hat-making, while living on Norfolk Island, using various fibres particular to the Polynesian style. Since returning to Australia she has extended her study to cabbage tree hat making during Australian colonial times. Sue is now in demand to teach this craft at many folk and heritage festivals around Australia. See this video https://youtu.be/lKrXAQ6xiK8
Ticket 2 days inc. materials
This ticket is for both days of the workshop - Saturday 16 September and Saturday 14 October 2023. All hat materials for one hat are provided. Note numbers for the workshop are limited to 6 - so if you need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.