Hat Blocking – Making a Cocktail Hat

Tutor: Private: Claire Spooner

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 6 people.

Full Day

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Was £75

Who needs a wedding to wear a hat? Here’s a wonderful introduction to Millinery – all the basic hand-blocking and sewing techniques are introduced in this one-day workshop. By the end of the day you will have created a gorgeous little vintage-style cocktail hat ready to wear. You will:

– Form a miniature hat base with wood blocks and steam irons
– Cover the base with fabric using hand-sewing techniques
– Trim with feathers, veiling etc – the really fun bit!
– Add fittings and line the base to finish

No experience required, this is a relaxed day designed to introduce some basic millinery skills whilst having fun!

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

All materials are provided for this workshop, but if you have something in particular you’d like to trim your cocktail hat with, to match an outfit perhaps - do bring it along!

Wear comfy clothing, avoid loose long-sleeves as they can get in the way when blocking.

Tutor: Private: Claire Spooner

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“Claire is an amazing and inspirational tutor.  Enjoyed the whole day.”

– Rachael

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