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Introduction to Millinery

Course description

On this millinery course we'll introduce you to the technical skills for blocking and shaping straw and felt hats. We'll show you professional techniques and help you develop the correct manipulative skills, while learning how to use a range of specialist traditional equipment. You'll learn a range of decorative techniques and methods of professionally finishing hats, as well as measuring the head and fitting a hat. You will be encouraged to develop your design abilities and feeling for style.

Most students should produce two hats during the course, depending on the chosen design and materials.

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


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.



Your tutor will outline the course agenda in detail on day one of your course. 


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Needles (millinery sizes, 6, 7 & 8 or a mixed pack of 3-9)
  • Thimble
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric and paper scissors
  • 100% Polyester thread in black and white (100m rolls will be sufficient)
  • Tailors chalk or tailors pencil
  • Apron
  • Household pins (26 x 0.75mm)
  • Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Cling film
  • Pencil, pen, sharpener, rubber and ruler
  • Notebook

Other useful items you may wish to bring include:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Cellotape

Please allow at least £40 to purchase fabrics and trimmings for this course. Advice will be given on the selection and purchase of these items and participants will be encouraged to visit suppliers to make appropriate purchases before or after each class.

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