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Are you a hat lover, and would you like to learn how to make your own hat?

This one-day course will enable you to create your own fabulous fascinator hat, and leave with the skills to carry on creating more.

You will learn how to make a fascinator base, manipulate sinamay straw, use wire, work with veiling, and learn traditional millinery stitches. We will start with a short introduction to hat making, different hat styles, trimmings, and materials. Then you will learn how to make the base of a hat using a traditional hat block, and how to wire and trim the edges. We will take a short tea or coffee break. Then you will learn different techniques of trimming and decorating, including sinamay straw rolling, veiling, embellishment, and much more. By the end of the session you will gain invaluable millinery skills and you'll leave with a beautiful finished hat that you made yourself.

We will meet in my cozy studio in South London. You can take the Northern or Victoria lines to Stockwell Station. My studio is located 10-12 min walk from the station. There is a free parking space in case if you are traveling by car. The entrance to the studio is in the car parking yard. There is a blue door and "401 1/2 studio" sign. Ring the bell on a right hand side for me to open a door for you. See you soon!

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What you need

Equipment: Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled in, all other materials will be provided for you!

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Did you know?

There is an Old Icelandic tale which claims the Yule Cat will eat you if you arenít lucky enough to receive new clothes on Christmas Day.

Find your way there

401 Wandsworth Road, London, UK

The Host

Elena Shvab is a London-based milliner and textile designer. After graduating with a BA Textile Design at the University of Arts London, she pursued the internationally renowned HNC in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College. With apprenticeships at acclaimed milliners she honed her skills further, and eventually set her own label Elena Shvab Millinery.

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