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Crowns & Headbands for Summer Festivals & Weddings (Weekend)

Crowns & Headbands for Summer Festivals & Weddings (Weekend)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joanne Edwards


Would you like to make fun, unique statement headpieces, explore your creativity and gain new hand-making skills? On this beginners’ course you will learn how to create eye-catching headpieces for festivals and parties. It is a low-tech course and no previous skills are required apart from the ability to hand-sew. Through practical workshops, you will develop your design ideas and your creative making skills using fabric flowers.

You will learn how to incorporate bead work and decorative techniques to enhance your work. We will also look at how to construct wire hairbands on which to attach flowers and other trimmings.

Topics covered include:

  • looking at inspiration on catwalks
  • decorative techniques for floral crowns
  • how to construct wire frames
  • design skills and assembling flowers on crowns
  • development of hand-sewing skills
  • key suppliers for future work outside of course

By the end of the course you will leave with at least one finished headpiece and many ideas for further development of your work at home.

You will take away knowledge of how to design, construct and decorate floral crowns. You will leave with one or more headbands and inspiration for further design work at home.

Who should take this course?

  • Students wishing to develop their creativity and hand-making skills.
  • Anyone with an interest in fashion headpieces and millinery headwear.

Entry requirements: You should have some basic hand sewing skills.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Joanne Edwards worked within the fashion industry for ten years, designing womenswear and bridal dresses before starting up her own range of headwear and accessories in 2012. She studied under innovative milliner Noel Stewart, before working for couture milliner Edwina Ibbotson and fashion milliner to the celebrities Piers Atkinson. Joanne creates hand crafted bespoke hats and accessories for private clients and special events, such as Royal Ascot. She also collaborates on fashion and headwear projects, for brands including Vidal Sassoon.

Please see Joanne's website: or read her post on the short courses blog here.


Please bring the following materials with you to the first session

  • Thimble/sewing needles
  • Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sketchbook (A4 or A3 size)
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Stapler
  • UHU glue
  • If you have a digital camera or camera phone, it would be useful to bring along.
  • Bag or small box to take items home

Available dates