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Block a hat, wire a bonnet &/or knit a beret!

January 22, 2018 - January 25, 2018

Learn to block a hat, wire & cover a bonnet and knit a beret. In this historical millinery summer school intensive Aylwen will introduce you to blocked, patterned and knitted hats and bonnets. Most students should produce two hats during the course, depending on the chosen design and materials. Please leave time to do homework in the evenings.
Places are limited to 6 – only when your registration is paid will your place be held.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
Needles (millinery, mixed pack of 3-9)
Thimble (metal)
Tape measure
Fabric and paper scissors
100% Guterman Polyester thread in black and white (100m rolls will be sufficient)
Tailors chalk or tailors pencil
Apron (to cover chest and thighs)
Household pins (26 x 0.75mm)
Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
Gladwrap and two rolls of cheap paper towel
Pencil, pen, sharpener, eraser, ruler & 2-ring folder
5mm x 30cm circular needle and set of 5 double point knitting needles, 20cm x 5mm. Birch or addi brands recommended. Do not use Lincraft brand.
Other useful items you may wish to bring include:
Wire cutters
Ribbons & feathers
Registration includes refreshments, light buffet lunch, information booklet, felt hat blanks, wool, buckram, petersham, wire and use of blocks and hat stiffening. Most supplies are imported from Europe and can be rather costly.
Ages: Adult & students of EDHDA with sewing experience. Less intensive 5 x 1/2 day millinery classes have been made available in early January for ages 12-Adult. Book online above.
Teacher: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden is a historical dressmaker & milliner in Canberra who has studied millinery at the London College of Fashion, hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework and historic hand sewing at the School of Historic Dress in England.



January 22, 2018
January 25, 2018
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Aylwen Gardiner-Garden
0409 817 623


Aylwen Gardiner-Garden
Yarralumla, Canberra Australia + Google Map