Contemporary millinery workshops- Felt trilby or fedora



Virna loves to share her knowledge and passion for her craft and offers a range of workshops for those wishing to explore the world of millinery.

Inspiring for all levels, whether as a beginner, extending your existing knowledge or just to try something new.

On this two-day Felt Hat Workshop, you will learn how to block, shape and manipulate wool felt. You can choose to block a brimmed hat such as Fedora or Trilby.

You will also learn how to wire a hat to ensure it holds its shape, how to curve a Petersham ribbon and invisibly stitch it into your hat.

After blocking your hat you will proceed on learning trimming and decorating. You will be introduced to techniques such as creating felt flowers, twists and leaves, stitching a veil and much more.

By the end of the workshop, you will gain invaluable millinery skills and leave with your very own felt hat.

​All materials will be provided.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment.


Virna Pasquinelli at Virna Pasquinelli Millinery


4A Smithbrook Kilns

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Allan Davis - - #35726

I brought this course as a honeymoon present for my wife and myself, and it was great. We had a problem with our car which meant we were late starting and had an interrupted first day - Virna was very kind, being flexible and supportive, doing her best not to add any additional stress to a difficult day, which we really appreciated.
Once we were able to settle down and really get going properly on the second day we had a lovely time - Virna is clearly very skilled, and a great teacher as well. Beyond that, it was a real pleasure to chat to her through the day.
Would thoroughly recommend this course and teacher.

Response from Virna Pasquinelli Millinery:

Dear Allan and Jeanette,
Thanks for the kind words and especially for having me part of such special time for you both.
I really enjoyed my time with you and the hats that you made are exceptionally fabulous! Well done!
I hope to see you again.
Best wishes for your future together as husband and wife.

Take care

In-person course
Sasha Kowal - - #30024

My sister gifted me a voucher for one of Virna’s classes just before the lockdown.
I contacted her in advance saying that I wanted to make a felt cocktail hat and she send me a moodboard and designed a whole class just for myself which made me feel very special. I spent a wonderful day, I learned how to sew for the first time and came home with the most adorable headpiece. I am planning to attend another of Virna’s classes and I cannot recommend her enough. She’s so passionate and knowledgeable about millinery, very patient and just a pleasure to be with. Thank you Virna!

In-person course
Karen Williams - - #25624

I spent a wonderful day with Virna she is very talented and extremely passionate about her craft, her studio was very welcoming and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I learnt lots of new things at the workshop which has really helped me to improve my headdress and millinery skills. I would not hesitate to join Virna again at workshops in the future . I cannot recommend this young lady enough, she is amazing.

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