About the Tutors

Jenny Roberts is one of the North’s leading milliners. Recognised for her couture brand, she has been creating beautifully crafted pieces for her clients for over 15 years.  Over the last 7 years, along with her co-tutor Marie Halewood, they have gained an international reputation for the Millinery School, teaching to the highest standard for hobby and professional milliners.

Offering a variety of classes from their Harrogate based School Jenny and Marie are thrilled to share their skills via virtual workshops.

About the Course

This hands-on workshop uncovers the mystery of ‘Veiling.’  In this workshop you will learn how to create a bird cage veil, cloud veil trim and cut cloud trim as well as learn how to sew the veil and trims on to a small cocktail hat base and finish the veiling with beads.  All these techniques are bought together in this workshop which is promised to be fun, interactive and enable students to confidently work with veiling in the future.

You will need to be confident with a needle and thread to fully enjoy this workshop.

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced   – Any Level

Required Student Supplies (Minus sewing kit):

  • A polystyrene dummy head or poupee/crown block, or if not a dome shaped bowl will work.
  • Pins
  • 5m -6m x Veiling 12 inch wide
  • 1 or 2 pre created small cocktail hats or flat sinamay bases
  • Needle
  • Thread (same colour as veiling)
  • 2 pieces of tissue paper
  • Can of cheap hair spray (not essential)
  • 1 or 2 hairbands or elastic for fastening
  • Tape measure
  • A collection of light small beads i.e. pearls or crystals up to .5mm

Required Classroom Amenities (sink, sewing machine, etc):

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Steamer or steam iron

Suppliers currently delivering to the UK are:



Spot veiling fabric for millinery hats fascinator trim. Birdcage netting BR002

Mega English Merry Widow Veiling 12" (30cm) Wide – 1m

Suppliers currently delivering world wide – B Unique Millinery

Millinery Veiling – US

Millinery Veiling – US

Prep work

  • Please make sure your veiling has been pressed ready for use

Course outcomes:

  • Creation of short and long bird cage veils
  • Creation of a cloud veil and a cut cloud veil
  • Ability to successfully sew beads onto veiling
  • Know how to sew veiling onto cocktail hats
  • Understanding on how veiling can be used in your designs

NB (Depending on the speed of the group will depend on the extent of the beading completed, but this can be finished at a later date)

3.5 hr virtual session while you are at home

These workshops will be limited to 15 people to ensure we can maintain a level interaction. If we have a large demand – additional sessions will be scheduled. This also maybe run in other time zones.

Chance to test Zoom working correctly prior will also be available.

Testimonials from this virtual course

Was part of the virtual veiling course today (17/04). It was a fantastic opportunity to learn some veiling skills, conveyed over Zoom, in a virtual class environment. As ever, Jenny and Marie’s tutoring was easy to follow, inclusive for all participants, and left you wanting to learn more. No commute and learn from the comfort of your own home, with like minded individuals; what’s not to like! Heartily recommend you have a go. Debbie

I have just finished doing an online course with Jenny and it was fabulous. Nothing was lost by not doing it in person, I learnt so much in such a short amount of time. Going to book as many courses as I can, I cannot recommend Jenny enough Abbey, Isle of Man

Thanks so much for the veiling course this morning; I feel so much more confident now about making veiling for my hats, Amanda

Jenny and Marie, Absolutely loved this course! I was anxious about using the technology but as always you patiently took us through it. I think this is the future! I’ll keep an eye out for the next courses, Deb.

Had a great time taking part in Jenny and Marie’s virtual leather flower course on Friday. The format of the course worked so well, zoom played ball and I’m so happy with the results. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Hannah

Loved the virtual veiling class on Monday, it was really clear and easy to follow, I’ve always had a blank spot with veiling finding it very tricky, it was actually so easy to follow online, I feel I’ve finally ‘broken my duck’! Would definitely recommend Jenny and Marie’s online classes. Fiona

Intro to veiling Really loved the veiling course. I think this is going to be something I have as a favourite too especially with the embellishment of the beads/crystals etc. Amanda

Just spent another few hours in the company of fellow millinery enthusiasts for another excellent tutorial with Jenny and Marie. Excellent value for money. Deb

I am not a lover of feathers but seized the opportunity to at least learn another technique.  This  course has really changed my mind about working with feathers and their potential as a trimming.  Clear concise  instructions with close up demonstrations. As a result of this I have already booked on the intermediate course for feathers. Can’t recommend Jenny’s tutorials enough. Deb

I joined the virtual veiling course and very much enjoyed it the whole experience. Jenny and Marie are fabulous teachers who ensure you come away with a new skill whether you are a beginner or experienced. It’s fun too. I’ve always wanted to be able to create a veiled piece as it adds such an impact. Now I can ! Thank you. Hilary

Was part of the virtual veiling course on 17/04, and the leather rose workshop on 24/4. Both courses were a fantastic opportunity to learn some new skills, conveyed over Zoom, in a virtual class environment. I’d been interested to understand how to add veiling, and being able to do that, and the leather rose workshop at home without any specialist tools was a real bonus. It was easy to order the veiling online, and Jenny sent out all the materials needed for the leather course (including the glue!). As ever, Jenny and Marie’s tutoring was simple to follow, inclusive for all participants, and left you wanting to learn more. No commute and learn from the comfort of your own home, with like minded individuals; what’s not to like! Heartily recommend you have a go and at one (if not more!) of the online classes. Debbie



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