The course will involve:

  • Exploring and experimenting with Jinsin, a material renowned for its sculptural quality. It creates incredible shapes when curved and flexed. The fabric can be stripped away to create a wild spray of fibres.
  • Exploring and experimenting with Silk Abaca, a material which is fine and smooth and can be free-shaped, blocked or used for draping.  Because this material is interwoven with silk, it is pliable and creates amazing curves when twisted and shaped.
  • A demonstration on how to hot water dye both of these fabrics.
  • Creating a blocked base and learning how to wire and line the inside with a petersham edging.
  • Tutorials in various trimming techniques including loops, swirls, curls and how to finish the edges to create a fan and how to balance trim positionings.
  • Learning how to professionally finish your hat and how to attach an appropriate head fitting.

You will need:

Half a metre of jinsin
1 metre  of abaca
Round button block
Half a metre of sinamay
1 metre of spring wire
1 metre of similar colour petersham
A sewing machine

You will leave with:

  • Confidence in working with these inspiring new materials and inspiration to create many more design from them.
  • A finished headpiece made of jinsin and/or silk albaca.
  • Information on suppliers and materials.

To see more photos of our students work on this course, please link to the following facebook.

Course Dates

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October 2020


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