Make your own contemporary sinamay halo headpiece - online



If you would like to make your own sinamay halo contemporary headpiece - ready for a wedding, summer party, or special event - in a colour to co-ordinate with your outfit and learn some basic millinery techniques along the way - then this is the course for you! This online workshop is designed to help you increase your understanding of sinamay - a core millinery product – and how to use it to make a sinamay halo base, an essential millinery technique. You will learn to create your very own fabulous halo-style wired headpiece, and then decorate it with a choice of trims. The course will give you an overview of working with sinamay - including manipulating the bias - as well as how to make sinamay trims including lilies, loops and swirls, to finish your own sophisticated headpiece. This online course is spread over two sessions both lasting in the region of 2- 2.5 hours. It is suitable for beginners, though some sewing skills are helpful, and runs with two students only. Please message me prior to booking to inquire if your preferred date and time are available. This is essential if you are a non-UK student please so we can set up two mutually convenient dates, allowing for the time differences. If you would prefer an "in-person" course with the materials provided please look at the other listing for the course, which can run in NE67 or NE1.

What's included in the price?

If you are interested in creating a headpiece finished with flowers as your trimming option, please purchase a selection of small to medium size silk-style artificial flowers and I will guide you as to the position and attachment of the flowers you have provided during the second session. The course is structured to allow you time to work at your own pace, completing a little homework in between the session.

What you will need

Essential items required for the online course 1. Sinamay - 1.5m. For a contrast trim, you will need an additional 1.5m of your chosen colour. Gutermann thread to match your sinamay colours. 2. Wire - 1m of cotton-covered millinery wire 1.2mm/18-gauge, 3. Wire cutters, micropore tape, and fibre tip pens the same colour as your sinamay 4. Purchased trims – if using - available from your local haby store 5. Sewing kit including – quilting pegs, quilting pins with bobbleheads, thimble, embroidery scissors 6. General - Water spray, kitchen scissors, dolly head, spice jar approx. 1.5’ diameter, steam iron, baking parchment, ironing board Note - a more detailed requirements list will be issued on booking, including the relevant templates and pre-workshop preparation, you will, however, need to source your millinery supplies in advance. If you are based in the UK only and would like to purchase a kit with the basic materials as outlined in points 1 & 2 of the essential supplies listed above, please get in touch for more details.


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


I am a professional milliner, making hats for formal and informal occasions - weddings, ladies day racing, bridal headpieces, fascinators and contemporary accessories etc. Millinery classes for students interested in exploring heritage techniques, and making their own headpieces, etc. are delivered in person exclusively for Craft Courses in my NE studio, as well as for a number of local organisations, and galleries. Please get in touch if you are interested in a 1:1 class in person or via Zoom.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Romantic
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Christmas
  • Mother's Day
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This course is taught online