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Velvet Rose

December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Tutor: Anne Tomlin

Learn how to make couture millinery silk and velvet roses using silk velvet and silk. Learn about the construction of flowers through observation and drawing. Each process will be demonstrated with samples.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the art of millinery silk flower making using a mixture of traditional French and Japanese somebana heated tools. You will gain skills that you can use after the course has ended to explore the craft and find your own personal way of creating flowers, buds and leaves.

Throughout the course you will be shown how to colour and shape velvet petals, hiding wire between layers, try an embossing technique to make veins on the petals and leaves. You will be shown some beading techniques and making of stamens to enhance the centre of the rose. (There will be a large selection of Japanese beads to choose from.) Each stage will be demonstrated with samples. You will be encouraged to experiment with dyes to replicate your preferred colourway and advice on painting techniques and colour will be at hand. At the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of the shapes that the various tools create, construction of your flowers and how to combine and attach to a brooch pin or hair clip to make a perfect Christmas present.

Techniques and skills covered:
• Stiffening the silk.
• Making templates.
• Bias cutting of silk from templates.
• Mixing dyes and silk painting techniques.
• Bonding silk layers and hiding wire.
• Making stamens and leaves, binding stems.
• Beading techniques

The tutor will help each student through the different processes with plenty of individual attention. At the end of the course we will review all the techniques involved and students will be given information of suppliers of silk, tools and materials used. Kits, dyes, silk and wires will be available to buy from the tutor.
A subject focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner. A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.


December 14, 2018
December 16, 2018


West Dean College
+44 (0)1243 811301
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West Dean College
West Dean, PO18 0QZ United Kingdom + Google Map
+44 (0)1243 811301
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