About the Course
On this 1 day course you will learn how to attach a felt base to a hair band. You will then use wired ribbon to make a sculptural fascinator .You may then choose to top this off with a bird cage veil for added glamour.
By the end of the course you will be able to
To wire ribbon to give it structure for creating sculptural trims
To use ribbon to create a variety of trims, for example bows, loops and decorative knots
To add veiling to a fascinator
To cover a pre-blocked felt base in fabric
To use the correct stitches to strongly attach bases to hairbands and trims to bases
Class format and activities
This course consists of 1 day. The tutor will demonstrate how to cover a pre-made (bought from a supplier and available to buy from the college) felt base in fabric. There will then be demonstrations of how to attach this base to a hairband and how to wire ribbon. You will learn appropriate stitches and professional finishing techniques. By the end of the day you will have a fascinator decorated with sculptural ribbon and a veil if you wish to add one.
Hand-outs and other printed materials will be used as support for design and skill development. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome.
•You must have achieved competance using a sewing machine
•Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience
•Students must be able to speak, read and write in English
•Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential
What you need to know before you enrol
Using a steamer involves standing. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.
• Some chemicals used may be harmful to certain health conditions or in pregnancy. Please make sure to let your tutor know if this is the case and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• You will be using tools under the direction of the tutor.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
A basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, small trimming scissors (5 inches with sharp pointed ends), paper scissors, tape measure, pins, a thimble (essential), tailor's chalk. Also: hand sewing needles, sewing threads (to match the colour of your materials), transparent 'UHU' glue, an apron, a sketch book and pencil.
You must provide your own ribbon (2 - 3 meters) and fabric (0.25 meters) to cover the felt base. The felt base will be available to buy from the college, as is wire, and the total cost for these materials is less than £10. Millinery and haberdashery suppliers in London you might want to visit are: Atelier Millinery, Petershams, New Fan Trimmings (near Oxford Circus), MacCulloch and Wallis, Kleins, Barnett and Lawson and M Courts (M Courts and Barnet and Lawson only sell by multiple packs but they are still worth looking at as they very reasonably priced). V V Rouleaux whilst expensive sell beautiful ribbons.
What you can do next
We run a variety of accessories and specialist millinery courses, as well as other courses which might be of interest.
You might want to try one of the following:
Design & Make a Bag
Introduction to Fashion Styling Saturday Course
Personal styling - How to renew your image and wardrobe
Embellishment for Bridalwear & Eveningwear
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.