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Discover the art of Hat Making on this fun introductory weekend course. Working with Textile Artist Jill Peer, at the end of the weekend you will have created a fabulous hat or corsage to take home.

During the weekend you will create a hat, part of which will have been loosely prepared for you.  During the weekend you will create a hat from a loosely pre-prepared hat form.  You’ll be shown how to whip and lash items to embellish them into your fabrics in an easy abstract fashion, including elastic sewing methods.  You will be guided in piecing the hat and decorations together, with demonstrations and explanations of methods, such as the choice of colours, tensions, thickness and length of thread.

There is an element of free design to the course and Jill will be happy to discuss your designs and methods further. You are free to use your own choice of materials and decoration, which could include elastication, embossing, and embroidery.

An array of materials, findings, feathers, buttons, beads, and sewing equipment will be provided.

You are welcome to bring your own needles and recycled materials, such as old jewellery or scraps of fabric, if there is something in particular you would like to include. If you would like to bring a sewing machine, please let us know in advance.

The course will be run by Jill Peer – a textile artist who specialises in unique and striking hats. Jill Peer describes her practice:

‘I have been making and designing hats for over 12 years. I use mainly preloved fabrics and use them constantly in my hats and corsages. I enjoy blending textures and colours with other items such as feathers, silks, nets, wires gems, broken jewellery and nylons. The hats have developed from a simple cloche style to the brimmed model.’

Dates & Cost

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November, 11am – 3pm

£60 per person, including lunch

To book your place, please call 01299 250797