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Workshops and Private Tutoring in Millinery, Dyeing, and Theatrical Crafts

Denise has over 30 years of teaching experience in the craft of millinery and is on the faculty at Boston University in the School of Theatre. She is also the Crafts Artisan at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and does freelance work for designers on Broadway and around the country.

She publishes a calendar (on this page) of workshops to be given in her studio in Stoughton, MA.

Please contact her for private tutoring.

2020 Workshops , Classes, and Talks

Due to the outbreak of COVID 19, DWS Millinery will not be offering in person classes at this time.  Stay tuned while we try our best to work on some video tutorials!

Remember, Keep making things, Stay at home and Wash your HANDS!!!

Facebook live on Friday April 24, at 3pm

Live #2 pdf

Summer 2020

If all things are back to normal by August… I hope you can join me for what will be an amazing exploration of materials.

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Make a hat that’s the right shape and fit for you, blocking straw bodies (the type used by professional milliners) and working with straw millinery braid. Combine these techniques and materials with some familiar fabric sewing ideas to make new combinations and create lively summer hats. All levels welcome. Limit 8 students


Due to an abundance of caution and concern for our community, the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts has decided to suspend classes and workshops for the rest of the Winter Term.  I hope to offer this class in the future.  let me know what you think!

Stay healthy out there folks!

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Some ideas and samples for the Head wraps and Headbands class:


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

Past Classes and Workshops

2019 Workshops, Classes and Talks

to be announced

Please feel free to contact Denise to be put on the mailing list.

2018 Workshops, Classes and Talks

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Visiting Workshops

Over the past year, she has taught workshops at UMass Boston,  UMass Amherst, BYU, Towson University, KCACTF Region 1 Festival, CCRI,  and workshops and Intensives at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain.

Lectures and Talks

Saturday, March 10, 3:00 PM 2018

The Gallery At 249 A Street
Gallery Demonstration/ Millinery
249 A St (5.95 mi)
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
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The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Art:
Making Hats!
April 15 @ 3:00pm, 2018
Loring-Greenough House 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Huntington Theatre costumier and Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts millinery instructor Denise Wallace-Spriggs talks about making hats for theater and fashion, and shows examples of her charming craft. Afterward, walk together across the street to Salmagundi for a special visit to this premiere hat shop and their hidden hat-making workshop. Suggested Donation: $5 or more.