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.
We also finally got to use our sinamay (yeah!!!) I brought mine on EBay from Guigkat who also has a website www.thetrimmingcompany.com 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.