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Hat Making for Beginners — Overview

Making hats is an exciting and highly imaginative craft, with endless possibilities for creative flair and innovative design. If you are a beginner, stitches and techniques will be clearly explained.  All templates, basic materials and handouts are supplied for each project.


Course Content

Week 1
Essential skills of millinery, including stitching, shaping and sewing techniques will be demonstrated 

Week 2
Learn to block a felt hat with several styles explained

Week 3
Make a fascinator or headpiece using different materials such as felt, velvet, sinamay and learn how to stiffen materials, cut on the bias, apply millinery wire and make a base 

Week 4
Use the cut and sew method to make a pattern for a modern beret or cap in tweed. Other materials can be used such as corduroy, leather or velvet

Week 5
Finish the course by making a variety of trims using all the materials covered on the course which can then be applied to any of your creations

Entry Requirements
None. This course is suitable for complete beginners and for those who have previously attended a hat making course with Penny.

Materials and Equipment
Materials for the course are included within the course fee. All equipment and materials will be provided. If you wish to supplement materials to complete a personal project, your tutor can advise of suitable suppliers.


Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Plymouth College of Art has temporarily closed its buildings until further notice to protect the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here.

Hat Making for Beginners — Modules

Hat Making for Beginners — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

Hat Making for Beginners — Student Work

Hat Making for Beginners — Students Say

Hat Making for Beginners — Careers & Alumni

Hat Making for Beginners — Entry Requirements

Hat Making for Beginners — Resources

Hat Making for Beginners — Interview

Course Code: SC0211516
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