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Sunday, 23 May 2010

Millinery Course

I've always loved hats and always wanted to make one, not just the flat pattern ones but the ones that you have to block. Well last year I came across a NCFE course being run at South Birmingham College, very local to me, in Millinery. I instantly signed up for it. The 12 week course didn't actually start until March this year (I was so excited).
So far we have covered creating mood boards, colour theory, loads on hats and fashion, even a visit to Bridget Rilley exhibition at Birmingham Art Museum, all of which has been great. On a practical level we have created a variety of fabric flowers in all shapes, sizes, colours and different fabrics and with ribbons.

Yesterday we had a drawing lesson on how to draw a face, then how to draw hats then the combination of both. We also looked at creating images by ripping up newspapers and magazines, this was very interesting.

We also finally got to use our sinamay (yeah!!!) I brought mine on EBay from Guigkat who also has a website the quality is very good. We started to make some sinamay flowers and the spiral trims that you see on hats and fascinators.

I also brought Karen Henriksen "Design & Make Fashion Hats" book which is full of fantastic inspirational hats, great patterns and instructions on how to make and block hats. 

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