Do you walk round ikea and love the simplicity of their Christmas decorations? Have you ever tried making them, and realising that simplicity is more difficult than it looks? After a lot of experimentation, I’ve finally managed to work out a pattern, and a method! Come and join me to learn how to make them from millinery ribbon. Over the course of two hours, we will make a set of stars. We should manage two, but if you are quick at folding, you might manage three. All you need to know is - the difference between a triangle and a square, - the difference between up and down - the difference between right and left If you can sew, it might be useful to secure the points of your stars, and to fix your hangers if you are going to put them on a tree. But don’t worry if not, I’ll help! These dates are just an indication and placeholder. If the times and dates don't work, please do contact me, and we can set up an appropriate time for you

What's included in the price?

All materials And as The Mad Hatter from Alice said ‘It’s always tea time’ so we will definitely have tea and some cake!


2 hours

Cancellation policy

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



Mill House Millinery

with Craft Courses since 2022

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I worked in IT Audit for 25 years, and from 2009 onwards, started making hats after a taster course at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I was very fortunate to travel the world with my job, and always used to travel with sewing materials in my suitcase, and have made silk roses on a flight from Zagreb, sewed a hat brim on Eurostar, and folded ribbon rosettes on a plane, sitting next to the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. I worked in Switzerland for the last two years of my corporate life, which allowed me to save some money that I could put aside to allow me to start up my own millinery business. When I returned to the UK, I turned my old study into a hat studio, and now instead of books on IT audit, I have rolls of fabric. I still use spreadsheets, but to calculate ribbon widths and hat diameters, as opposed to analysing profit and loss. I started running my hat making business full time in 2019. 2022 was been my busiest year yet, and this year as well as making hats for weddings and races , I’ve made hats for Buckingham Palace as well as the Orient Express and also a Pantomime Dame. I've taken multiple courses over the years, and continue to do so. Rather than getting people to wear more hats, I'd rather that more people enjoy them. Hence I want to make my workshops accessible! If there is something you'd specifically like to learn, please do get in touch with me as I do offer private tuition.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
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Mill House, Lower Green Wimbish, nr Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2XH