When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sarah Lomax
  • Course Code W21FASC14A

What you will learn

Using couture methods and professional tools you will learn a variety of different techniques to stiffen and bond leather to form petals, flowers and leaves; and to join wired flowers and leaves to create corsages or millinery trims. This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials. Those new to the subject will be introduced to basic methods of production whereas those with experience will be encouraged to research and develop their design skills alongside their technical abilities.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Bond silk to leather
  • Use a variety of techniques to shape leather for flower making
  • Construct 2 different styles of flower using leather
  • Join wired flowers and leaves to make a trimming for millinery or a corsage
  • Returning and advanced students can negotiate and adapt the set projects with the tutor depending on previous experience.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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 stiffening and shaping leather, appropriate stitches, construction and finishing techniques. Technical support will be provided alongside additional learning material 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.

    Entry requirements

    This is a Mixed level course. All are welcome. Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience. It is essential to have hand sewing skills 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. Pattern paper and card is available for use in the studio. For use during the course we will provide a pack, including the following, at a cost of no more than £20: Leather, silk, millinery wire, bondaweb, water-based stiffener.

    What you can do next

    We 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/