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Millinery for beginners - New Brewery Arts Cotswolds Gloucestershire


Duration: Mondays 1:30pm - 4:30pm, 5 week course

Price: £225

Run by: Clare Walsh
at New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court
Cirencester
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1JH

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About the Course

In this five week course we will cover a wide range of millinery techniques which will be invaluable to you if you decide to take it further. Louise believes it is crucial, as a milliner, to learn to make every aspect of the hat. From blocking the shape, to trimming it with your own handmade flowers, worked feathers or manipulated materials.
Week One: The first day of the course will be spent working with feathers. Louise will teach you to cut, curl and manipulate them in to sections in order to attach to a covered headband or the button hat you will block the following week.

Week Two: You will learn to block a button base hat in your choice of material. It can be straw, sinamay, felt or fabric covered buckram. You will then learn to stitch on the wire, elastic and ribbon edge to a professional standard.

Week Three: This workshop will demonstrate Louise’s origami ribbon techniques, popular in the 1920’s, this is a technique that she has used her own hats and teaches on qualification courses. You will learn the art of ribbon folding and cockade making.

Week Four: This lesson will welcome a new millinery material called silk abaca, it is used for draping and trimming hats but today we will make a silk abaca peony. This will also be a wonderful introduction to flower making, a very important aspect to millinery.

Week Five: This final lesson will allow us to decide and finish trimming our button hat bases using one or a combination of the techniques we have covered on the course.


You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

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?

You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio.

What you will need: All materials included

First Class: Monday 25th February
Last Class: Monday 25th March



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  • Suitable for beginners
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