Millinery Extension

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This Millinery Course you have been waiting for.

In this class you will have the opportunity to learn some new techniques to create your own headpieces, fascinators, and cocktail pieces. You will work on one or two headpiece or fascinator projects to take your millinery techniques to a new level.


The following topics will be covered and demonstrated during the course – It is desirable to have completed the Introduction to Millinery Workshop or to have had some previous millinery experience.

  • Tools for millinery
  • Safety
  • Foundation Basics- Wire, Buckram, and Fosshape.
  • Techiques to use silk and lace to cover the foundation.
  • Flowers for Millinery with Leather, Silk, and Organdie.
  • Sinamay Trims and Bows.
  • Crinoline tips and techniques for Turbands and millinery bows.

Students will have completed one or more headpieces in the workshops using one or a combination of the of the following techniques.

  • A cocktail or fascinator headpiece base using Buckram or Fosshape.
  • Covering with fabrics such as silk, and lace.
  • A wire foundation headpiece or headband.
  • Millinery flowers using leather, silk, or sinamay.
  • Turbands.
  • Bows from different materials.

All basic and foundation materials for this course are supplied in a kit.

Specific millinery tools, hat blocks, glues, and stiffeners are also supplied by the tutor for use in the class.

Please bring

It is useful to bring a sewing kit including :

  • Mixed Pack Straw Needles
  • Pack of Pins
  • Wooden Pegs
  • Marking chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Small Ruler
  • Beeswax thread conditioner
  • Sewing Gauge
  • Sewing pins

You will also need the following equipment:

  • All purpose Scissors
  • Dressmaking scissors
  • Mapping or push Pins for Blocking
  • Long Nosed Pliers
  • Thimble
  • Apron
  • Matching Sewing Thread
  • Hat Box

Further materials may need to be purchased to complete your design – such as feathers, and flower making materials.

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Please wear closed in shoes for classes.

Other information

Please wear closed in shoes.

PLS NOTE: All classes need a minimum number of students to go ahead. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled and you will be informed. Courses are usually cancelled, when necessary, 2 working days prior to the scheduled start date.***Please be aware that you may be informed of a cancellation &/or change via SMS or E-mail.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: I did my first millinery course mid year. I loved it so much I returned for two successive courses. Catherine is a wonderful teacher. Her combined passion for millinery and teaching makes her "classroom" the perfect learning space. Coming to class was the highlight of my week.

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