First Steps

First Steps

Essential skills and techniques for those taking their first steps in hat making.

First Steps
  • Tools of Trade

    Learn all the felt hat making fundamentals - understanding the different types of felt, steaming and blocking essentials, felt cutting and free shaping with fur felt.

  • Lace Millinery Fundamentals

    Learn the detailed basics on how to compose your lace pieces to bring them together to form feature flowers on your headband. No stiffening is required to maintain the graceful touch of lace to your bespoke headwear.

    Lesson Plan: • Compose Lace Petals • Flower Cluster Technique • Design & Attach...

  • Working With Buckram

    Learn to block and fabric cover a buckram dome crown to then complement a shaped buckram brim. Learn the technical skills of drafting a flat pattern for this sloped brim and then cover smoothly with fabric. Diana instructs you how to edge the brim with a variety of options and then how to complet...

  • Flower Stamens

    The focus of any flower is the centre as the eye looks directly at the middle then follows outward to peruse the petals. Learn various methods of creating interesting centres to your flowers using stamens, or beads or treasures from your craft box.

  • Blocking Basics

    Traditional millinery blocking methods are taught using wooden millinery blocks to create a sinamay crown and brim. You will learn several ways to bind edge of brims and design bands to complete your first hats.

    LESSON PLAN: Block crown and brim | Wire edge | Binding options | Connecting crown...

  • Silk Abaca Fundamentals

    Join talented Award winning Millinery Tutor, Amanda Macor as she shares her secrets on how to work with silk abaca. Learn to manipulate this beautiful straw to give height and colour to your headpieces and hats.

    Lesson Modules:
    • Preparation And Joining • Edging Methods • Colour Combination • Tr...

  • Swiss Straw Fundamentals

    Using Swiss braids to create headwear whether contemporary or vintage styled is a much loved technique from a bygone era and is taught in detail in this lesson. Master the weaving technique to give a smooth surface with a rosette finish and complete a classic pillbox.

    LESSON PLAN: Swiss Braid Ba...