Midwest Living Review
The art of millinery may seem like a throwback to a long-ago time when women wore wide-brimmed hats to play a round of croquet or donned a dainty chapeau to attend a cocktail party. So it may be a surprise to learn of a master milliner who plies her trade from a bucolic piece of farmland known as Skipping Rock Farm near Granville, Ohio. Amy Hamilton found her passion for hatmaking while studying for a degree in art and has since seen her couture creations grace the pages of "Vogue Italia" and "Harper's Bazaar." After realizing "there was more interest in making hats than wearing hats," she now shares her passion and knowledge with anyone desiring to make a hat of their own. Amy offers three millinery workshops -- Introduction to Millinery ($200 for one day, $400 for two), Intermediate ($200) and Advanced ($400). The fee includes all the raw materials you'll need, including the shapeless "hood" that miraculously takes form after blocking and shaping and a vast array of ribbons, flowers and feathers to bring your creative vision to life. Amy's workshop, a renovated horse barn, is a cozy and charming enclave surrounded by flowers, trees and a duck-filled pond. Participants create their hats around a long, rustic farmhouse table while Amy offers support and advice. The 6-hour workshops are limited to four participants at a time to allow Amy to provide personal instruction. Lunch is provided.