Course overview


Spring term: Thursday 14 January – Thursday 18 March 2021


10 Thursday evening sessions 18.00-21.00


Chloe Scrivener



This exciting course offers you an opportunity to learn the essential techniques needed to design and make your own striking hats and headpieces.

This course is ideal for complete beginners to the art of hat making, or for those with some previous experience who wish to further their skills amongst like-minded students.

You will be introduced to the most common and not so common fabrics and materials, hat construction methods and techniques by Arts University Bournemouth specialist tutor Chloe Scrivener.

Spring Course: You will learn how to work with Felt and Sinamay with the aim of making two completed hats.

With inspiration drawn from history through to contemporary millinery, this course will encourage you to develop your own style whilst learning different techniques for your hat and fascinator creations. Using your individual flair and imagination and a range of fabric and trimmings you will be shown the various techniques necessary to create stunning headpieces.


  • Guided sessions on working with specialist millinery materials and a range of different millinery techniques
  • Handouts specially designed for the sessions highlighting content learned
  • Guidance through essential techniques of the range of appropriate millinery processes required to complete individual designs
  • Learning how to master the skills of hand blocking, hand manipulation, determine proportions, trimmings and finishes of hats
  • Learning how to design and make hats using specialist equipment and hand sewing techniques
  • Learning about the history of hats and understanding the relevance of your own designs in the present day
  • An introduction of other contemporary milliners, and hat makers