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Virtual Millinery Techniques Demonstration

October 16, 2023

This hands-on workshop covers some of the quick wins to enhance the quality of your workmanship and shows you quick and easy methods for executing millinery techniques.  You will leave with a record of samples and instructions in the workbook which is included.

Course Timings

This demonstration will take place live 16th October 2023 – Times; 6pm – 9pm (UK Time)


About the Workshop

This demonstration was born out of discussions with students who felt they needed some direction in terms of improving the workmanship of their designs.  It takes you through millinery specific techniques of ‘how to’ which will reveal easy ways of executing the techniques you need to make good quality hats and headpieces.

This course is ideal for beginners and more experienced hat makers who are confident with a needle and thread to fully enjoy this workshop.

Techniques covered in this class include: (after the demonstration you will be able to create your own samples of the below in your workbook)  Please note the course will be a demonstration rather than a sew along course but it can be watched for up to 4 weeks after which will give you the opportunity to stop and start the video in order to sew along and complete your samples

  • Millinery stitches and when to use them
    • Overcast stitch
    • Whipstitch
    • Quick Wire stitch
    • Traditional Wire stitch
    • Tacking / Basting stitch
    • Running stitch
    • Gathering stitch
    • Stab stitch
    • Back stitch
    • Knot stitch
    • Slip stitch
    • Sparterie stitch
    • Darning stitch or skin join
    • Tie Tack or Rachet Knot
  • Edging a hat
  • Curving/flattening petersham
  • Blocking cord knots and uses
  • Joining wire
  • Attaching a headband
  • Attaching hat elastic
  • Covering and fitting a comb
  • Inserting a hat lining
  • Removing stiffener marks
  • Rolling sinamay
  • How to mitre corners
  • Attaching Labels


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