Contemporary millinery workshops- Origami fascinator



In this 3 to 4 hours millinery workshop you will learn how to make beautiful sinamay or silk butterflies or other shapes using origami techniques, how to trim and shape feathers and how to make sculptural sinamay twists to decorate your very own fascinator. We supply materials and all basic sewing equipment for this workshop, but please bring your own if you prefer. Hand sewing skills are an advantage but not essential. Each class involves in-depth demonstrations and expert tips. What is sinamay? Sinamay is one of the most popular hat-making foundations in the world. It is woven from the processed stalks of the abaca tree, a banana palm native to the Philippines. Abaca fibre is three times stronger than cotton or silk, and a fabric made from 100% abaca can last for over 100 years. As a result, sinamay holds a very firm shape. Because it is a natural fibre, it holds colour beautifully.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment.


4 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


I am a milliner and a maker with an intense passion and pride for my craft. ​After graduating from Kensington and Chelsea College I have learned from the best British milliners including Philp Treacy, Jane Taylor and Piers Atkinson and progressed into theatrical millinery working on award-winning, global productions. My list of clients includes Disney, Katy Perry, Ladbible, Vogue Magazine, Catherine Walker & Co., and many others. And my hats are regularly featured on international magazines.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Christmas
  • Stag dos
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • Hen dos
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Parking provided
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Spooky
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Tutor can travel
  • Father's Day
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Romantic
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
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Unit 1, Smithbrook Kilns, Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8JJ