Workshops have recently been creating lots of interest and I have enjoyed teaching a variety of techniques and skills. It is such a pleasure to help someone make their very own hat, and especially for the first time milliner - it can be a really uplifting experience! Here's an image from a top hat workshop of the finished piece, as you can see Lisa was delighted - she had never made a hat before!
The next workshop that I have scheduled is at The Bowes Museum in March - this will be a 1/2 day workshop to make petal headpieces. Further details of this and autumn workshops will be available on Facebook shortly.
Of course for everyone the way to acquire new millinery skills is by attending workshops and learning new skills taught by milliners who have different technical skills. For this reason participating in workshops & teaching millinery is terribly important to all milliners.
As a milliner I continue to acquire new skills & techniques through participating in regular master classes. Here I am in France with Australian milliner Carole Maher & English milliner Tracy Chaplin, where as you might guess, I learnt lots of new techniques including feather work*.
When I return home I am always bursting with new enthusiasm for the latest techniques and they need practice! So I when came home from France I made a vintage rose feather headpiece, using similar techniques.
As I perfect these new techniques there is nothing I like more than teaching them to willing and interested students, so I run workshops at my studio, normally in central Newcastle or a local gallery.
Here are a few more images from some recent workshops, please get in touch if you are interested in learning about millinery, basic sewing skills are very useful.
Please do give me a call on 07903 303539, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page at the end of my website to start planning together when we can book a millinery workshop so you and your friends can make your own fascinator to wear to the races!
*Image courtesy of Jeannie Clark