Online Beginners Complete Milliners Course Sept-Dec
September - December 2021
A complete millinery course for beginners.
Teacher: Denise Innes-Spencer, Staff Writer for The Hat Magazine, Co-Founder of The British Millinery Association.
This is an extremely successful class being run online through Zoom. Class sizes are small to ensure you receive the personal support you need.
We pride ourselves on giving you the skills to create your own designs. You will be taught fundamental principles of designing different hats and receive 1-2-1 support to help you make your own stylish creations. You can expect to make, decorate and finish five hats of your own design by the end of this course. You will not be copying other milliners' designs.
Comprising 60 hours teaching time and approximately 20 hours of independent learning, this course is essential for all budding new milliners.
See product info for exact dates and course content.
The Course Structure 10 days teaching plus 8 consultation hours & More than 15 Independent learning hours
Day 1. Straw blocking – Wed 29th September: Introduction to the course and what you can expect. All hats will be of your design, and you will not copy the teacher’s hats or sample designs. Your hats your choice of what you make (within the course brief). Blocking a hood (straw) Learning how to block a Pari-sisal/sisal straw learning about the straws and how hats are made, how they are lined.
Day 2. Finishing blocked straw – Wed 6th October: stiffening in-cert a petersham and finishing techniques for your hat. Contact teaching = 10 Hours.
Consultation – Sat 9th Oct: Within the 10 hours, a separate day from the course days.
Every student has a consultation (booked morning only) every other week. This is for 1 hour and you will be able to talk to the teacher discussing details of the lesson and problems you have encountered. (This is repeated total 6 times see consultations).
Day 3. Using Abaca: Blocking and sculpting – Wed 13th Oct: using silk or polyester abaca cloth to block a sinamay and abaca perched shape with a point.
Day 4. Trimmings using abaca and straw hoods – Wed 20th Oct: Finishing techniques for finishing the hat in abaca fabric. Adding swoops and swathes of abaca draping. The choice is the students and an idea of the styles of hats are required for all subjects. Adding leaves and trims with straw.
Contact teaching = 10 Hours
Consultation – Sat 23rd Oct: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 5. Blocking Crown shapes – Wed 27th Oct: Halo crowns are very popular, using a crown block, make a headband crown using summer straw fabrics and style of your choice. This course will help you mix and match fabrics using possible questions asked by customers. Adding decoration from your trimmings class, the choices are endless.
Consultation – Sat 30th Oct: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 6. Finishing crowns – Wed 3rd November: Using the finishing techniques in various ways to complete your headdress. Contact teaching = 10 Hours
Consultation – Sat 6th Nov: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 7. Dior shaped hats with Subatan mat – Wed 10th Nov: Learning how to block a sabutan mat in a Dior shape, how to wire and finish the edge. Blocking a bandeau block using a specialist straw as a riser for the Dior hat.
Consultation – Sat 13th Nov: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 8. Finishing techniques for: Subatan mat – Wed 17th Nov: using different ways of finishing with fabric bias strips, stiffening and finishing techniques for your hat. Contact teaching = 10 Hours
Consultation – Sat 20th Nov: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 9. Trimmings A bow a birdcage veil and a flower stem – Wed 24th Nov: Finishing using more techniques for finishing the hat in this fabric. The choice is the students and an idea of the styles of hats are required for all subjects.
Consultation – Sat 27th Nov: Within the 10 hours but a separate day from the course days.
Day 10. Trimmings and finishing your hats – Wed 1st December: Finishing using more techniques for finishing the hat in this fabric. The choice is the students and an idea of the styles of hats are required for all subjects.Contact teaching = Contact teaching = 10 Hours
Homework will be at least 15 hours as independent learning
Thurs (agreed time) - Achievement award: Picture of all hats and certificate. The last day, but what a day that will be, looking at all the hats you have made. Reflecting and discussing what you will do next and your plans for moving on. 1 hour at an agreed time
You will be expected to have made and decorated 5 finished hats on the last day of class.
Students will have extra costs which will include:
Purchasing hat blocks for their own hats. Blocks needed are:
Button block, Halo crown block, Perched hat block with indents
Dior or curved brim block, A crown block of students choice.
Purchasing supplies for the hats.
Details of all suppliers will be given on booking.
All scheduled classes are fixed in date/time and cannot be changed if you miss a class they are not recorded. Any extra teaching time to the allocated class sessions will be charged at £50per hour, you will receive class notes from each subject taught on course.
We will keep in contact every week through the classes or the 1-hour consultation sessions. Of-course if you need to just ask a question you have e-mail or facetime.