Workshop: Focus and Learn about Bases


If you are making a headpiece as opposed to a hat, it will need a base to sit against the head. Your base needs to be comfortable to wear as well as supportive of the piece it carries.

We will teach you how to add to your repertoire of skills (and your price tag!) by making your own bases. We should be able to make at least five different bases in the time allocated.

You will see from a lot of professionally taken photos that as a new milliner, you can make good use of pre blocked shapes and commercial bases. It's a great way to start.

Blocking your own shapes is the next step and will need different technical skills. The serious hat buying public know their materials and are looking for quality as well as individuality.

This workshop will truly help set you apart from other new milliners.


What you should bring:

Sinamay scraps, sisal scraps, millinery wire, wire joiners, wadding, Lycra, silk fabric pieces, a shoulder pad or bra cup, jinsin scraps, an old headband, combs, hat elastic, braid for edging.

We supply:

All the tools you will need: dolly heads, wire cutters, pliers, sewing needles, thread, scissors, sewing machines, blocks, etc. Any of the workshop materials will be available for purchase should you need them. Let us know in advance if possible.
Add value to your headpiece by using a beautifully made base.


Full day or two evenings




We don't have this scheduled at the moment.
Interested? Call or email and we'll get back to you when we do.