Starts: 12 Jan 2022
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Block and shape felt
- Use appropriate techniques and finishing methods to construct a hat
- Use appropriate techniques to achieve a good fit in a variety of different hat shapes
- Develop your own designs for hats and trimmings
- Returning and advanced students can negotiate their projects with the tutor depending on previous experience.
Class format and activities
This course will be delivered in-centre. The online platform Microsoft Teams will be used to support learning to share lesson resources. After examining and discussing examples and samples, the tutor will demonstrate blocking and shaping felt, appropriate stitches, construction and finishing techniques. Technical support will be provided alongside additional learning material and handouts where appropriate. Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course, you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e., progression to an advanced- level course. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is a mixed level course. Suitable for people with limited or no previous knowledge. Basic hand sewing skills are essential. Students must be able to speak, read and write in English. Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential
What you need to know before you enrol
Please see this link for Covid safety guidance: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/ This will be updated according to any changes in Government guidance. Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised. Excellent attendance and punctuality are important, for students to fully achieve the course outcomes. To get the most from this course some study/completion of activities outside of class time may be required. Using a steamer and cutting patterns and fabrics often involves standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you. Some chemicals used may be harmful to certain health conditions or in pregnancy. Please make sure to let your tutor know if this is the case and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. You will be using tools under the direction of the tutor. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
What you need
A basic sewing kit to include: Hand sewing needles. Pins. Thimble. Sewing thread. Tape measure. Small jewellery type pliers/wire cutters. Sharp fabric scissors. Paper cutting scissors. Pencil and notebook/sketch pad. An apron to protect your clothes. Information on where to purchase millinery materials will be given at the first lesson. You must provide your own fabrics, trimmings, haberdashery, etc. Pattern paper and card is available for use in the studio.
What you can do next
If this is your first term of the course, further terms of Contemporary Millinery will lead to a thorough foundation in the subject. We also run a variety of other millinery and specialist courses. Please consult the course guide or https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/visual-arts/fashion/