When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sarah Lomax
  • Course Code W24FASC09A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Join this engaging weekend course to learn couture methods and professional tools to craft silk flowers used in hat making and clothes making! You will be introduced to a variety of different techniques to stiffen and bond silk 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 the 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Stiffen and bond silk
  • Shape and manipulate stiffened silk to form flowers
  • Join multiple elements to make a trimming for millinery or a corsage
  • Experiment and further develop your own designs

Class format and activities

Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

Entry requirements

This is a Mixed level course, all are welcome.

What you need to know before you enrol

Activities in class can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

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

Ready for more? So are we! Try our Contemporary Millinery course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of the other Millinery courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!