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Millinery: making a hat from sinamay or felt

Duration: 1 day

Price: £95

Run by: Sally Ward
at Fairytale Chic

Silver Street Arts
9 Silver Street
BA12 8PS

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About the Course

An introduction to working with sinamay or felt.
You will learn how to use a wooden hat block and use traditional millinery skills to block and shape your own sinamay hat or fascinator.

By the end of the day students will:

- Learn how to block a hat or fascinator using the material of your choice.

- Learn techniques to apply a wired edge and depending on chosen design start to learn finishing techniques.

Millinery requires hand sewing skills, you will leave with a blocked sinamay shape and the workshop is supported with a handout explaining the techniques required to finish your hat at home if needed. Further workshops and support may be booked if desired.

No previous millinery experience is necessary.

What do I need to bring: (I do have a selection of tools available but if you have the following please bring them along)
Please bring your own packed lunch
Fabric and paper scissors
Pins – preferably .65mm steel
Needles – Millinery size 6,7 or 8
Tape measure
Selection of threads, various colours if possible
Camera or camera phone if you want to record the process.

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What's included in the price?

Stiffener, wire and Petersham ribbon are provided in a range of colours. I have a small selection of tools available.
A range of trims and feathers will be available at additional cost if desired. The sinamay will be available for £20 per metre or £20 for a felt a hood. If you would like to match your hat to an outfit please let me know.
Please bring a hairdryer if you have one.

Free tea and coffee are provided.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 25th May 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos