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straw hat sinamay millinery course in london with elena shvab

On this two-day Straw Hat course you will learn how to block, shape and manipulate sinamay straw. You can choose to block a brim hat such as Fedora or Trilby or you can chose to block a smaller hat such as a pillbox, beret or fascinator. You will also learn how to wire a hat to ensure it holds its shape, how to curve a petersham ribbon and invisibly stitch into your hat. 

After blocking a hat you will proceed onto learning trimming and decorating. You will be introduced to techniques such as creating sinamay rolling edge, twists and hatbands, stitching a veil and much more.

By the end of the workshop you will gain invaluable millinery skills and leave with a finished hat you created yourself.

All materials will be provided. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Please note: the steps and curriculum of the course may vary depending on the hat design/materials chosen by every individual student.

2 Day Straw Hat Course

  • Please contact if you have any questions about the course or inquire about date availability


    This course can be purchased as a Gift Voucher. Please contact for details.


    Please note cancellation policy: Full refund 14 days before start of the workshop. Afterwards, due to preparing materials for each individual student ahead of time, there are no refunds. If an emergency shall arise, I am more than happy to reschedule with you.

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