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Hair Accessories and Fascinators for Beginners

Hair Accessories and Fascinators for Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joanne Edwards


Have you thought about making fabulous Fascinators but need some guidance? During this course you will learn about hair accessory design, construction and trimmings. You will be taught the various Millinery materials, how they are used and the various methods in which you can trim and decorate your headwear.

Get creative with headpieces; designing and making fashionable hairbands, attach glamorous veils, decorate your own headpieces using handmade or ready-made flowers and bring beautiful boldness to your fascinators and combs with feathers and fabric bows!

Fabrics will be provided, including a variety of silks, print and plain cottons, veiling and trimmings. Traditional egg iron tools will be available for those wishing to create their own handmade flowers.

If you have a particular fabric or trimming you would like to use on the course, please bring them along on day 1 (see materials list for more details).

You will receive an understanding of both the millinery world and learn how to make a variety of handmade headpieces. You will be encouraged to record your design ideas & work in a sketchbook for further study and design development.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in millinery and hair accessories.

Entry requirements

This course is low-tech, so no previous machine sewing or pattern-cutting skills are required, however you should have hand-sewing experience.

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 with you to the first session:

  • Fabric scissors and paper scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sketchbook (A3 or A4 size)
  • Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Apron
  • Pencil, pen, eraser, ruler, stapler and sellotape.
  • If you have a digital camera or camera phone, it would be useful to bring this along.
  • Fabric & some trimmings will be provided - however please bring a small selection of specific fabrics or decorative trimmings that you would like to use. (30cm of any light-medium weight silks & cottons).

Available dates