Course overview


Spring term: Thursday 23 January – Thursday 26 March 2020


10 Thursday evening sessions 18.00-21.00


Chloe Scrivener



This exciting course offers you the unique opportunity to learn the essential techniques using a wide variety of materials 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.

Autumn term: felt and straw hats, and Spring term: buckram and sinamay hats.

With inspiration drawn from history, 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 using a range of fabric and trimmings you will be shown the various techniques necessary to create stunning headpieces.

Hats have always been a staple of the fashion industry, whether used as a standout statement piece or to accessorize a particular design. Headwear comes in all shapes, sizes and designs and used in many cultures whatever the occasion. Whether chic, fun, formal or plain, these accessories serve many roles.


  • 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