Tag Archives: Beginners

Everything Sinamay!

Introduction to Sinamay *Great for Beginners* My classic beginners class! You will learn ALL the millinery basics, including blocking, wiring, finishing, a simple trim. Block and trim (decorate) a small hat to take home! Or attempt a bigger, more complex shape, and trim the next day! Class available 10am-4pm Saturday 11 August 2018. Cost $180 […]

Everything Buntal!

Sculpted Buntal Straw Hats! (suitable for beginners) You’ll be amazed what you can achieve with some creative free shaping with these versatile buntal straws! Learn how to achieve a professional finish, and attach securely to your head. Instant hat for the races 😉 Class available 12noon-4pm Saturday 14 July 2018. Cost $120 per student (or $270 for both days). Blocking […]


Dates: 7-14 JULY 2018 Teacher: JANE SMITH Location: CHATEAU DUMAS, Nr Toulouse,  FRANCE Email:  enquiries@chateaudumas.net Website: www.chateaudumas.net/workshop/108/ Jane Smith’s career spans more than 40 years in film and theatre and she has developed  an unrivalled knowledge of hat construction and an enviable array of millinery skills. Jane has a particular skill for working with straw braid […]


Dates: 23-30 June 2018 Teacher: BRIDGET BAILEY Location: CHATEAU DUMAS, Nr Toulouse, FRANCE Email:  enquiries@chateaudumas.net Website:  www.chateaudumas.net/workshop/106/ Milliner Bridget Bailey returns to Chateau Dumas in 2018 to teach specialist pleating techniques and how it can be applied to millinery. You’ll make two pleated headpieces during the week as well as a collection of samples and […]

Everything Leather!

Blocking and Sculpting Leather (suitable for beginners) Learn all the basics of how to block leather over a hatblock with a suitable foundation and lining and get a flawless finish. We will also create a sculpted piece, free shaping the leather into beautiful folds and pleats over a base. Class available 10am-4pm Saturday 23 June 2018. Cost $180 per […]

A Hat in a Day – Sinamay Workshop

While this day is devoted to learning many tricks for using up scraps of sinamay, the object is to complete a headpiece that will attach to a headband (provided). The rules being, no blocking and no dying. We will manipulate sinamay by hand and machine, using scissors, water, needle and thread and a whole lot […]

Beginners Bootcamp (Millinery 101)

Do you dream of making hats but don’t know where to begin? This 3 day intensive workshop will start at the beginning and help you build basic millinery skills. Appropriate for those with all levels of sewing, most techniques can be done by both hand or machine. It is the perfect introduction for the fashion […]

Introduction to Millinery

19/03/2018 – 23/03/2018 Monday – Friday 10.00 – 16.30 £550 On this millinery course we’ll introduce you to the technical skills for blocking and shaping straw and felt hats. We’ll show you professional techniques and help you develop the correct manipulative skills, while learning how to use a range of specialist traditional equipment.   Booking: http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/courses/short-courses/millinery-courses/millinery-course/?utm_source=Hatcourses&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=HatcoursesSpring18