Millinery Workshop

Whether you've got your eye on a career as a professional milliner or becoming the best amateur around, this intensive 5 day workshop is an opportunity to sharpen up your skills and get off to a flying start. Suitable for both beginners and intermediate students, this action-packed course will give you tips, techniques and hands-on practice...

Taught by: Judy Bentinck, Jane Fryers.

Description

Whether you've got your eye on a career as a professional milliner or becoming the best amateur around, this intensive 5 day workshop is an opportunity to sharpen up your skills and get off to a flying start. Suitable for both beginners and intermediate students, this action-packed course will give you tips, techniques and hands-on practice.

From adding warmth and style to your daily commute, to turning heads at Royal Ascot, there’s always an excuse to wear a hat. So, get equipped to whip up an impressive bespoke piece for yourself. You will make two (or more!) of your own hats to take away using cosy wool felt and stunning sinamay - with industry tips from an expert throughout.

In this comprehensive and informative workshop, each student is encouraged to work at their own pace and we will get hands-on the first morning so that you can start seeing progress straight away.

Topics covered

  • An introduction to the wonders of blocking
  • Making-up and trimming of fashionable and flattering felt and straw hats
  • Designing for different face shapes and personal styles
  • Choosing, measuring and cutting the right material to achieve different effects
  • Using materials in an efficient and economical way

Basic materials including a wool felt hood and sinamay are provided, but more will need to be purchased during the week. We will discuss this on your first day where you will get professional advice and tips on how to get your ideas off the blocks!

Whether you are interested in designing and making hats for pleasure or thinking of embarking on a more commercial venture with your work, this course is the ideal place to start. The workshop atmosphere of the course allows flexibility so that each person’s experience, ability and taste are taken into consideration.

Level: Beginners/Intermediate

Entry requirements: Hand sewing skills would be helpful but not essential. Traditional millinery stiches will be taught throughout the course.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for those interested in a new hobby, those keen to extend their skills, and even those planning a future career in millinery.

Tutor

This course is taught by a different tutor depending on the course dates offered. Tutors' biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is running a specific course, contact our office on shortcourse@csm.arts.ac.uk or ring 0207 514 7015.

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog http://csmshortcourses.myblog.arts.ac.uk/

Useful resources

Books:

Designing and Making Hats and Headpieces, by Judy Bentinck, published by Crowood Press

Hats, an Antology, by Stephen Jones

The Century of Hats by Susie Hopkins

Hats, Status, Style and Glamour, by Colin McDowell

Exhibitions

Luton Museum

Stockport Hat Museum

Recommended suppliers

Baxter Hart and Abraham

Parkin Fabrics

 

 

 

 


Tutor information

Judy Bentinck is a practicing traditional couture milliner making contemporary hats that are both functional and flattering. Working from her central London studio, she has an international client base, including celebrities, aristocrats and dignitaries. www.judybentinck.com

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Jane Fryers designs and makes hats for film, cabaret and fashion shoots as well as for special occasions and everyday wear.  She is best known for her love using traditional millinery techniques to recycle a range of fabrics and objects into couture hats. Some of her Réchauffé collection are on display as part of 'Redesigning Fashion', an exhibition at Hatworks, the Hat Museum in Stockport from January to July 2013. www.janefryers.co.uk


Materials

One wool felt hood, millinery and black or ivory sinamay for one hat will be supplied by the college.
 
Please bring with you to the first session:

  • a waterproof apron   
  • tape measure
  • thimble
  • a notebook
  • scissors  
  • a box of household pins
  • blocking pins
  • hand sewing needles.
  • An apron

There will be advice given during the course regarding other materials and suggested suppliers. This may include, for example, fur felt, colourered sinamay, parisisal or other straws.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
04/02/2017 - 04/03/2017Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
03/07/2017 - 07/07/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
31/07/2017 - 04/08/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
04/09/2017 - 08/09/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket