Claire Spooner is a professional freelance milliner with a studio at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire.

Under her label “Quaintrelle”, Claire designs and makes for private clients with special occasions and period hats for theatre. Claire enjoys sharing her passion for hats through talks, demonstrations and workshops.

Some feedback on Claire’s teaching: “inspirational”, “relaxed, informal, great demonstrations”, “easy to understand and help was always at hand”.

Courses offered:

Tuition for private groups at a suitable venue of your choice:

 “Marvellous Millinery” an introduction to blocking a cocktail hat

“Fabulous Fascinators” sinamay and feathers on a headband or comb

“Feather Corsages” feathers mounted on a broochpin/croc clip

“Silk Flowers” French silk flowers using flower irons & tools

“Shoe clips” feathers, fabric and/or ribbon designs on shoeclips

Workshops, demos & talks for venues hosting workshop programmes or linking to themed exhibitions/events, previous clients include:

ArtisOn, Masham 2012-18

York Theatre Royal 2017

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond 2017

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 2015-16

Lincs Inspire, Hats & Bonnets – Victorian Fashions 2016

Lincs Inspire, 150 years of Alice in Wonderland celebrations 2015

Leeds College of Art & Design 2014

Rural Arts, Thirsk 2014

Festival of Vintage, York Racecourse 2011

York Castle Museum “Heads Up!” 2010.

Leeds City Museum, Heroes & Heroines 2010


07989 922860

Quaintrelle, 15B The Stables, Newby Hall, nr. Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE