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Introduction to summer millinery - evenings - Newcastle NE1


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It's the wedding and race day season now, so if you would you like to make your own wedding headpiece or race going fascinator to wear this summer, then take a look at this millinery course designed especially for beginners and led by milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright.

On The Introduction to Summer Millinery course Margaret will provide you with a taster of couture millinery enabling you to learn how to create and trim your very own “button” headpiece. We will be making this popular and easy to wear small hat in the classic summer hat material of sinamay.

The course takes place over 3 consecutive evenings from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.

At my central Newcastle studio you will learn the key millinery skills of how to shape, steam and block, wire, edge, and trim your sinamay headpiece. After choosing your basic shape, I will show you how to prepare your sinamay for blocking, and we will then start to explore treatment styles by getting some practice making samples. When your piece is dry, it is removed from the block, the edge is wired & finished with a bias. Then the fun part starts when you can let your imagination run riot designing and making the decoration. Once the trim is complete I will show you how to attach the fastenings to your headpiece, how to wear your button or headpiece and provide you with some aftercare tips.

This course is scheduled to run on demand, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in this workshop but cannot make these dates as I will happily work with you to find more suitable dates in the next few weeks.

Margaret - The Northumberland Milliner - has led millinery workshops in a number of prestigious locations including The Bowes Museum, The Laing Art Gallery, Linnels Farm Hexham, as well as around her cosy kitchen table. She has a showroom in Alnwick, and a studio in central Newcastle, and has been involved in both making couture millinery to commission and running millinery teaching workshops since graduating with High Distinctions in Couture Millinery from Leeds College of Art in 2013. With a special interest in up cycling and recycling, her millinery creations have been seen on catwalk shows and at exhibitions around the world, and her work has been featured regularly on social media and magazines. In September 2018 she was delighted to be “hat hunted” by Gok Wan as the resident milliner for his latest road show “One size fits all”.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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, there will be a classic choice of core sinamay colours. As everyone has a favourite pair of scissors or thimble many participants feel happier bringing their own home sewing kit. It is useful to bring an apron too.

As this course runs across three evenings it allows you time to develop your ideas creatively and if you are attending a special event, we will talk about how to co-ordinate your headpiece with your outfit. Please bring along any fabrics or trimmings you have at home that you may want to use (as an alternative or addition to your sinamay trim) and I will guide you to add these to reflect your own personal style.
There will be the opportunity to purchase additional materials at the workshop.

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 button from my core sinamay collection, along with your joining instructions. NB. Please enquire for more details if your dress or outfit calls for a colour outside my core selection and I will guide you further.

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 do get in touch for details of my next Alnwick (NE67) based course. Alternatively please enquire if you would prefer 1:1, in either location.


Margaret Woodliff at Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery
51 The Chare
Leazes Sq
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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- - #24915

Comfortable surroundings, great company, excellent tuition and very relaxed atmosphere, highly recommended and have booked another course.

Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:

Thanks Jo-Ann - I’m so pleased you enjoyed the course. You made a lovely tonal headpiece and I’m delighted it’s wetted your appetite to learn more Millinery and that you have signed up for The Introduction to Winter Millinery! See you very soon. Margaret

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- - #24575

Pleasant company and excellent surroundings and tuition from Margaret. Repeat customer so must be happy. Highly recommended.

Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:

Thank you Judith. I enjoyed the “craic” as they say, your latest piece is beautiful and I have added its image to the gallery of images for this course. I will also look forward to seeing the wedding photos shortly as I know your new headpiece will compliment your special dress beautifully. All best wishes - Margaret

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- - #23413

I took part in this course with no previous experience.

I generally work at a slower pace craft wise but found the class really nicely run .

A little sewing / scissors knowledge & some useful and some ironing skills
I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this craft which is quite specialised.

I came away learning so much about millinery and appreciate all the skill and work that goes into each headpiece!

Not just for race days and weddings lets bring hats back to fashion.

A therapeutic craft and met another lovely lady as well!

Margaret has patience of a saint x

Response from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery:

Thank you Clare very much for your review - it was a pleasure teaching you how to make your headpiece, and I am delighted too with the finished piece. I will wait with interest some images of your complete outfit, as I know you will wow the other guests with your beautiful headpiece when you attend the wedding in September!

We are also looking forward to our next millinery meet-up and I am now busy planning a follow on course for the next steps in your journey of millinery exploration.

Thanks again for your enthusiasm - Margaret

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