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Millinery Workshop

Millinery Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Jane Fryers


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 course. 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.


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 or ring 0207 514 7015.

Useful resources


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

Hats, an Anthology, by Stephen Jones

The Century of Hats by Susie Hopkins

Hats, Status, Style and Glamour, by Colin McDowell


Luton Museum

Stockport Hat Museum

Recommended suppliers

Baxter Hart and Abraham

Parkin Fabrics

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

Tutor Description

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 of using traditional millinery techniques to make couture hats out of unusual materials. She is passionate about teaching and has recently been invited to attend The International Millinery Forum in Australia as an International Tutor. You can find our more about Judy by visiting her website.


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, coloured, parisisal or other straws.

Available dates