Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
Would you like to make your own wedding headpiece or race going fascinator to wear this autumn to an upcoming special event? Then take a look at this millinery course designed especially for beginners and led by milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright, and based at her studio.
Over three x three hour sessions at my central Newcastle NE1 studio (6 - 9pm) you will make your own trendy wool felt headpiece, in the very popular and easy to wear “button” style. This course will provide you with a taster of classic millinery techniques - including the key millinery skills of how to stiffen, steam and block, wire, edge, and trim your wool felt headpiece.
After choosing your button shape, I will show you how to prepare your wool felt cone for blocking. When your piece is dry (normally in the second session) it is removed from the block, the edge is wired & finished and your button is lined. Then the fun part starts in the third session – designing and making the decoration, the image shows a dahlia style felt flower, but there are lots of other options too! Once the trim is complete I will show you how to attach the fastenings to your headpiece, how to wear your button and provide you with some aftercare tips.
Margaret is “The Northumberland Milliner” and has led millinery workshops in a number of prestigious locations including The Bowes Museum, The Laing Art Gallery, Linnels Farm Hexham (next one is Nov 15th 2019), as well as around her cosy kitchen table! I have a showroom in Alnwick, and a studio in central Newcastle and have been involved in millinery practice since graduating with high distinctions in Couture Millinery from Leeds College of Art in 2013. With a special interest in up cycling and recycling, my millinery creations have been seen on catwalk shows and at exhibitions around the world, and my work has been featured regularly on social media and magazines. In September 2018 I was delighted to be “hat hunted” by Gok Wan as the resident milliner for his latest road show “One size fits all”.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials, tuition and use of the equipment are included, as well as your wool felt* cone however as everyone has a favourite pair of scissors or thimble many participants feel happier bringing their own home sewing kit, and apron is useful too. Please also bring along any fabrics or trimmings you have at home that you may want to use (as an alternative or addition to your felt trim) and I will guide you to add these creatively. You can also purchase additional materials at the workshop, or locally in between the sessions.
Once you have booked your place on the course – there is a maximum of 4 participants only – I will be in touch to discuss your choice of colour for your wool felt. NB. Early booking ensures more choice just in case the supplier is out of stock, so please note the cut off period for pre-ordering your felt is 14 days before the first session! (*If you would like to upgrade to a luxurious peach bloom quality felt £30+, please ask for details)
This central Newcastle based course will run for three evenings, for consecutive weeks from 6 - 9pm. Access to the workshop location – this course is based at my central Newcastle studio, where there are lots of adjacent public carparks available; we are a 10 minute walk from Haymarket Metro, and 20 minutes from the Central Station.
For those of you based in Northumberland get in touch for details of my next Alnwick (NE67) based course. Alternatively please enquire if you would prefer 1:1, in either location.
Brilliant course, Margaret is a patient tutor, enjoyed working with her again and my hat turned out great, will be booking another course in the new year.
Jo-ann harrison - - #26257
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thanks Jo-Ann - it was a pleasure teaching you again. I will look forward to seeing you again on our next workshop in the Spring!
I have attended Margaret’s hat class for a Dahlia button.
I much prefer sewing to glue gun but the process is quicker and fun.
I really like 4 weeks classes instead of 3 as I''m slower and get frustrated. I'm enthusiastic at least.
Margaret is professional and fun and I’ve met some lovely people at her home.
More classes next year are always welcome.
Join her adventure and talents and you will enjoy yourself.
Clare Younger - - #25999
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thanks for your lovely review Clare! Your latest felt perching cap style headpiece is a stunning collection of three multi coloured dahlias! Fantastic results! I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the next millinery course.
I have done 3 courses with Margaret. She is a great mentor and I am very very pleased with what I achieved within an year. During the last course we created a lovely button felt hat with dahlia flower. It was completely new adventure for me. Lots of new skills and funny moments.
Thank you Margaret for your help and support.
Iliana Hristova - - #25958
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thank you Iliana, you are a dedicated student, with great determination and tenaciousness, and are producing lovely pieces. See you very soon at our Millinery class meet up!
In 3 sessions, plus some homework, I have made a wonderful, felt button, trimmed with a beaded felt flower, curls and a feather. I am very proud. Margaret guided me to make the hat even better for a first attempt than I could have imagined. I'm going back to Margaret to learn about using sinamay for the spring and summer.
Charlotte - - #20107
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thank you Charlotte, for your review of my course Introducing Millinery. I too, am delighted with the results of your course. Your spectacular lined mustard yellow felt contemporary headpiece features an individually pieced mustard “dahlia” style felt flower and is trimmed with a contrasting marroon peacock feather quill.
I have done two courses with Margaret and thoroughly enjoyed both. I would highly recommend her. I made a felt button and a sinnamay hat. I wore my felt button at a W.I. function where quite a few people complimented me on the creation. There were four members of the WI who signed up for one of Margaret's courses and we all had a good time. For anyone with a special occasion I would definitely recommend you try Margaret's courses.
Marilyn Martin - - #20095
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thank you Marilyn for your review - it was a pleasure to teach you and the other members of the Belford WI group. It is always interesting to see the variety of makes that are acheived using similar materials.
Margaret is a most generous tutor: with her time, expertise and materials. She is very patient and excels at explaining all concepts at just the right level (neither condescending nor highfaluting). I have no hesitation in highly recommending this thoroughly enjoyable course which was held in such congenial surroundings. I look forward to wearing my creation at Cheltenham.
Judith Anderson - - #20074
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thank you Judith for your review - the class was great fun and I love it that everyone has plans in mind for wearing their headpiece! I can’t wait to see the photos from Cheltenham, and hear that there are plans afoot for your headpiece to have another significant outing too, later in the year.
I am so delighted with the quality of work I have been able to achieve with expert coaching from Margret. The friendly atmosphere in the small group really gets the creative mood going and means participants can bounce ideas of one another about how they intend to decorate their head piece. 1st class course giving participants skills to go on to other projects and become immersed in the world of millinery
Helen Collinson - - #19980
Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:Thank you Helen for your review.
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