3 Day Courses

Berets and Juliets

During this 3 day course, you will have the opportunity to make 2 head pieces.
One in straw and one in silk or velvet. For the silk or velvet head piece you may choose from a variety of covering techniques, including tailored, pleated or ruched finishes.
This course gives you the opportunity to work with foundation and interlining fabrics, millinery net and crin (a challenging, yet dramatic and rewarding trimming fabric).

Juliet Head-dresses
Juliet Head-dresses
Juliet Head-dresses
Juliet Head-dresses


Pillboxs

During this 3 day course, you will have the opportunity to make a fabric and a straw pillbox.
You will learn how to work with two different types of foundation fabrics and how to drape veiling.

Pillboxes
Pillboxes
Pillboxes

Sinamay

During this 3 day course, you will learn the basics of couture blocking sinamay.
You will also have the opportunity to learn trimming techniques specifically designed for this transparent and ethereal fabric.

Sinamay
Sinamay
Sinamay

Bias Cut Sinamay with Straw Crown

During this 3 day course, you will learn how to make a combined textured hat.
The brim will be created by the clever technique of joining 'sheet' sinamay into bias strips (prior to blocking), to create a deep sculptured brim that is usually difficult to achieve in this fabric.
The crown by contrast, will be traditionally blocked in a smooth parasisal straw.
You will also have the opportunity to explore sinamay trimming techniques.

Bias Cut Sinamay with Straw Crown
Bias Cut Sinamay with Straw Crown
Bias Cut Sinamay with Straw Crown

Wild Sinamay

During this 3 day course, we will be experimenting with the sculptural properties of sinamay.
The brim will be created by using machining or rolling techniques to create a layered delicate wavy
brim.
Students will need to provide their own sewing machine for this course.

Wild Sinamay
Wild Sinamay
Wild Sinamay


Parasisal Straw

During this 3 day course, you will learn how to make a fine parasisal straw hat using traditional blocking methods and construction techniques.
You will also have the opportunity to learn various trimmings, including how to drape sidebands on a hat and how to make hand twisted french and cabochon roses.

Parasisal Straw
Parasisal Straw
Parasisal Straw

Classic Tailored Straw

During this 3 day course, you will have the opportunity to make a fine parasisal straw hat using traditional blocking methods and construction techniques.
You will also learn how to apply a rolled edge to the brim and crown, creating a classic and smooth silhouette, which needs little other adornment.

Classic Tailored Straw
Classic Tailored Straw
Classic Tailored Straw

Hand Pleated Cloche and Rough Textured Straw

During this 3 day course, you will have the opportunity to create 2 hats using quick couture blocking techniques.
Your hat making materials are a fine parasisal straw and a thick rustic textured straw.
Whilst creating these two hats you will learn how to trim with organza and silk dupion and how to make wired ribbon flowers.

Hand Pleated Cloche
Hand Pleated Cloche
Rough Textured Straw
Rough Textured Straw

The Suitcase Hat

During this 3 day course, you will learn pattern cutting techniques to create a collapsible hat that will pack flat into a suitcase.
This is a combined textured hat with a couture straw brim and a silk or linen fabric crown.
Students will need to provide their own sewing machine for this course.

The Suitcase Hat The Suitcase Hat 

Felt

During this 3 day course, you will learn how to make a fine fur felt hat using traditional blocking and construction techniques and how to drape and trim with velvet.

Felt
Felt
Felt

Scrumptious Velvet

During this 3 day course, you will learn clever pattern cutting techniques to create a soft velvet hat.
You may choose from a variety of trimming techniques. Organza's, taffetas, jewellery and/or feathers can be used to embellish this scrumptious hat.
Your pattern may also be adapted to create linen, silk or organza hats.
Students will need to provide their own sewing machine for this course.

Scrumptious Velvet
Scrumptious Velvet
Scrumptious Velvet

The Tiny Top Hat

During this 3 day course, you will have the opportunity to create a 'petite' riding hat, combining traditional millinery and theatrical construction techniques.
Net, flowers, beads, jewels and feathers can be used to create a delightful 19th Century headdress.

Tiny Top Hat
Tiny Top Hat

Classical Silk

During this 3 day course, you will learn the basics of couture blocking buckram to create an elegant
silk hat with a structured form to its brim.
The crown presents many different covering possibilities, with the opportunity to learn about other foundation and interlining fabrics.
This construction technique can also be adapted to create linen or fine wool hats.

Classical Silk
Classical Silk
Classical Silk

Silk & Sinamay Trimming

During this 3 day course, you will learn about fabric foundation materials and how to use them to alter the properties and weight of silk used for trimming. You will also learn how to drape silk fabric around the sides of a hat, how to cover a crown and how to make silk french roses, cabochon roses, rosettes and bows.
Sinamay needs no foundation, it is a transparent fabric which you can use to form the hat and the trimming, creating ethereal rosettes, lilies, feathers, spirals, leaves, bows and much more.

Silk Trimming
Silk Trimming
Silk Trimming

Sinamay Trimming
Sinamay Trimming
Sinamay Trimming

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