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 be offering these courses virtually

About the Workshop

This workshop was born out of discussions with students who felt they needed some direction in terms of improving the workmanship of their designs

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

You will need

½ metre of medium weight fabric e.g calico (avoid light weight silks)

¼ metre of light weight fabric (ideally lining material)

2 Metres of Petersham

Off cuts of millinery felt

20 inches of millinery wire (any)

Small swatch of veiling (at least 4 inch by 4 inch)

Piece of Buckram (at least 10 inch by 8 inch)

2 labels if you don’t have your own pick one out of an item of clothing

3 lightweight beads

Piece of cord (curtain / blind cord is find) – if you don’t have a piece of string approximately 30 inches long

Surgical tape  ( you could also use masking tape)

Ferrule (not essential)

Uhu glue


½ metre of sinamay

Thin metal based headband (approx. 5 mm)

Hat elastic with the prongs already attached or thin, round elastic roughly 25 inches in length (approx. 3mm wide or less)

2 combs (metal or plastic) – any size

½ metre of fine ribbon 10 mm wide or less

Any kind of pre created hat lining

Swatch of millinery felt which has been stiffened with PVA and residue left on it

Wire brush



Feather with a sturdy quill

Wooden kebab sticks or cocktail stick

Small glass of water

Household pegs or similar



Pill box which needs a wire

Pill box which needs a hat lining

Pillbox which needs a headband

Pill box which needs a comb

Pill box which needs an elastic head fastening

Pill box which needs the Petersham sewing in

(NB the above could be one hat you put all of the above on and you could use it as a sample to show these techniques)

A hat or pill box which needs trimming with any of the following of your choice  i.e. flowers, loops, veiling, feather mounts


Prep work

  • No prep work is needed for this course

You will leave with

A library of millinery stitches
A stitched in label
A sample of petersham headline
A trim attached to your pillbox
A comb sewn into the inside of a hat
Questions answered on quality of work

These workshops will be limited to 10 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 courses

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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