Millinery Classes - Learn Hat Making like a Professional

Victorian riding hat


Millinery classes: professional hat making with a milliner

Ideal for beginners and intermediate students, on this course Silvia will guide you in designing and making your own hat while using various professional techniques.

During the 4 lessons you will learn how to:
-Block a wool felt cone onto professional millinery blocks
-Cut and shape your hat
-Wiring and ribboning the brim
-Decorating your hat with feathers and fabric.
At the end you will walk away with your own stunning creation!

The course spread over 4 sessions of 2hrs per week and it is held at the Red brick building Art centre in Glastonbury over four Saturdays 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Dates and times can be flexible so please do get in touch if none of the specific dates suit you.

Silvia Prandini is a professional Milliner and Fibre artist. All classes are run from her art studio at the Red brick Building Art centre, spaces are very limited therefore booking in advance is essential.

All materials are included. However, you are welcome to bring with you various trimmings and feathers to personalise your own hat to create stunning unique headwear.

Please note this course require lot of hand-stitching, so message us first if you have any health issues like arthritis, tendinitis etc.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Basic materials ( felt cones, ribbon, millinery wire).


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The Red Brick Building, Morland Road
Morlands Enterprise Park

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


4 weeks (1:30pm to 3:30pm)

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Pam Martin - - #27973

I absolutely loved my first wool hat making experience with Silvia and I'm really thrilled with the result. Her introduction course to wool millinery is excellent value for money and Silvia's passion for working creatively with wool makes for a delightful and rewarding experience.

Chloe Jacout - - #27817

Silvia was an absolute delight to work with! Not only is she a lovely human and ensures everyone feels as comfortable as humanly possible (a cup of tea is never far away), but she is also an incredibly patient and knowledgeable teacher. She has a true passion for millinery, which shines through and is absolutely infectious!

Be prepared for a marvellous time with her, and to also say goodbye to the sensation in the tips of your fingers. (There’s a lot of hand sewing).

thursa wilde - - #27152

I really enjoyed my time with Silvia, and learned so much in such a short time. She is an inspiring teacher. It was a joy to spend these calm hours creating something beautiful and I am so pleased with my hat, which turned out better than I expected, and looks so professional thanks to Silvia's patient attention to detail. It doesn't matter if you are not particularly proficient at sewing as she takes you through the basic stitches and makes everything very clear. Thank you Silvia. I will be recommending your course to friends.

Leslie - - #25879

This is truly a wonderfully interesting and therapeutic course to take up. Silvia is a wonderful teacher, full of millinery knowledge and I only wish the course was longer than four weeks. I loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for something different to try, this is definitely the course for you.

Janetta Morton - - #25827

I just finished this excellent course and am very pleased with my gorgeous hat! Silvia is a great attentive, helpful and fun teacher who takes you through the process of making step by step, from design through stitching and final touches. The outcome is your own unique hat exactly how you want it. I highly recommend the course. Had such a great time, learnt a lot and came away with a fab hat! Don't hesitate to book!

sylvia chambers - - #24587

Really enjoyed learning how to make a hat and walked out with a very funky trilby. Overall very happy with this.

Vashti Mayne - - #24577

Silvia is a very knowledgeable millinery tutor who creates a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere on her course. She skillfully guides you through the creation of whatever hat you wish to make, encouraging you to design it yourself, whilst teaching you how. I would definitely recommend this course to people of any skill level and experience. You will come away with your new favourite hat, having had a great time and learnt new skills.

Esther Winckles - - #24375

I did this course along with a couple of friends, and we all had a really lovely time, learnt new skills and came away with beautiful hats that we had made ourselves from scratch! Silvia is a brilliant teacher and all round lovely person, sharing her skills and passing on her experience in a relaxed and friendly way. I thoroughly recommend her course!

Nadine Cole - - #24374

Silvia is an brilliant teacher, really takes the time to make sure you have understood what she is showing you. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and I have a very stylish prime riding hat to show for it!

Mrs Caroline M Gowland - - #24357

My husband bought me this course (after significant hints!) for Christmas - and I loved every moment. Silvia is a wonderful teacher with many years of experience behind her - so lots of tips and techniques to pass on. You're in great hands. I love my hats, but being able to make my own is another level altogether. I couldn't recommend this more highly. If you've always wanted to give hatmaking a go - just do it! I promise you won't regret it!

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