In this class you will learn how to handle beautiful lustrous silk abaca! We will plan, cut, and finish pieces then form them into a striking and beautiful woven or knotted halo which will be stitched onto a hand bound headband. Simple, chic, and so effective! Basic sewing skills required – All Materials included
Combine one of millinery’s favorite motifs, the feather, with the millinery material of the moment, leather! In this class you will create or copy a pattern for a feather, in leather, which you will then wire and hand cut. Experiment with complementary textures and colors with your leathers. Learn how to shape and sculpt your […]
Heavenly Lace Headbands In this creative one day workshop, make your own high fashion headband or lace sculpture using lace motifs and possibly some crystals. Stiffened Lace Hats My trademark technique! Experiment with pattern using this beautiful material. Recreate the stiffened guipure lace hats of the fifties, using contemporary techniques. Great for races, bridal or […]
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. Make A Headpiece with Leather Feathers or […]
Classic Blocked Felt Hat (suitable for beginners) Learn essential tips and techniques on how to work with this classic millinery material. Block a one piece design on a traditional wooden hat block(s), or you can attempt a two piece design if you’re coming both days. Boaters, cloches, berets and buttons… there are many options! Choose between […]
Feather Basics: Cutting, Curling, Dying, Making Trims Get to grips with millinery’s most versatile and best loved decoration, feathers. We will cover feather types, cutting, curling and shaping, introduction to dying, how to make a feather mount or trim ready to attach to a hat or headband, and much more! Make a Feather Headpiece, Floating […]
Stuck for Christmas gifts??? Make up a beautiful on trend strawcloth headband your friends and family will love! Or how about one for yourself 😉 This abaca fabric has a wonderful silky sheen and comes in a wide range of jewel bright colours. Learn great tips and tricks for handling this materials plus headband construction […]
The springy and pliable fibres of straw buntal mats means they are quickly and easily blocked! Create a fashionable boater or other blocked hat of your choice and learn valuable techniques to finish your piece neatly and professionally!
Create some amazing trims… beautiful flowers with layered and wired silk abaca petals; vibrant silky bows; draped and twisted turban wraps and knots! Add these to a hat (if you came on Saturday!) and/or arrange them on a headband for an instant FOTF piece you will love!
Learn all the basics of how to block silk abaca straw cloth over a hat block with a base of sinamay and get a flawless finish. We will trim your piece with some elegantly scrolled and draped silk abaca. Take home a hat! Instant glamour!