Millinery Courses

Our courses take place in our shop/workshop in the centre of Reading, and are one to one tuition. As this is a working shop we may have to deal with customers from time to time, although frequently I will have an assistant in the shop. Occasionally unplanned appointments may happen and we will encourage you to take part in the design process if you are interested, as this is also a great learning opportunity. If we are frequently interrupted the day may be extended.

 

Sinamay 3 day course

 

This course includes working with sinamay to design and complete up to 4 pieces including a fascinator, headpiece, button/cocktail hat and saucer. During the 3 day you will learn how to decorate your work with sinamay curls, leaves, flowers including roses and lilies.

Part of the course will also include making a sculpture from sinamay to adorn a button or headpiece.

By the end of the three day you will aim to complete 3/4 pieces and the knowledge of how to decorate pre-made hats which are available from most millinery suppliers. This course can also be designed around your requirements.

Sewing skills are essential, previous millinery knowledge may be helpful.

These course runs over three consecutive days from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. During this course we encourage homework to re-enforce what has been learnt during each day.

£475 – 3 full days, including all materials. Drinks and snacks are provided.

 

5 Day Intensive Millinery Course

 

A one to one intensive course for someone who wishes to learn traditional millinery with the aim to venture into the world of millinery, either for fun, or with the aim to start their own business. We tailor this course to met your personal requirements, whether it is using sinamay, felt, or a combination of the two. Extensive advice and a comprehensive list of suppliers and information will be provided during this course.

Students can be expected to complete up to 5 hats/headpieces from the following: fascinator, headpiece, button hat, cocktail hat, cloche, saucer, sculpture/freeform sinamay piece, or small hat with seperate brim and crown. You will learn various techniques using sinamay and felt, as well as feathers, ribbons, netting and other trimmings as requested. Designing, steaming, blocking, edging, decorating and finishing touches will all be covered in this course.

The course is over 5 consecutive day unless otherwise requested to be spread over 2 sessions, however we would recommend completing the course in as short a time as possible. This course is very intensive and homework is offered.

Sewing skills are essential, previous millinery knowledge may be helpful.

£850 – 5 full days, including all materials. Drinks and snacks are provided.

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