Hat-making Classes

Over the course of the year we host hat-making classes so you can learn a new skill and leave with a finished hat. Each class focuses on particular styles, materials and techniques. You’ll be shown examples of the selected styles before deciding how to personalise your design. You’ll then be guided through the process of making with step-by-step instructions.

  • On the one-day class you will focus on a particular style and leave with a fully completed hat, finished to a high standard.
  • The two-day millinery schools in Spring, Summer and Autumn offer a more in-depth experience, where you will have time to experiment more and create more than one model over the two days.

Basic hand-sewing skills are the minimum requirement to attend one of these classes.

Class sizes are limited to small numbers, to ensure a good teacher/student ratio.

All classes are held at Hat in the Cat, 2 Main Street, Perth, and run from 10am-4pm on the days indicated.

To make a booking, please use the link to this Booking Form (opens in new tab or window). Please contact Jeanette on 01738 624213 or info@hatinthecat.co.uk if you have any questions.

 

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1940s Hats

Saturday 9 February 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

An opportunity to explore vintage millinery from the 1940s. You will look at hats and headpieces using traditional styles and techniques and then make a headpiece according to your own design. You will gain skills required for blocking and shaping buckram, wiring, draping, lining and trimming.

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Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 23 February 2019 (1 day) £70 FULL

Use tweeds, woollen fabrics or cotton velvets to make a 1920s cloche in three pieces with an added brim, a soft velvet turban in a choice of patterns, or a stylish pillbox hat made of a crown with three pleats for extra volume.

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Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 16 March 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Use tweeds, woollen fabrics or cotton velvets to make a 1920s cloche in three pieces with an added brim, a soft velvet turban in a choice of patterns, or a stylish pillbox hat made of a crown with three pleats for extra volume.

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Great Gatsby Hats

Saturday 30 March 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Soften a period wire frame with domette and cover with a sequinned lace or velvet fabric. Create your own feather corsage, cockade or fan to achieve the true Gatsby effect. Other trims include strings of pearls or a sparkly jewel – add a personal touch with your own pieces of family or fashion jewellery!

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Spring Millinery

Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 April 2019 (2 days) £195 PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll make a hat from buckram, and a cocktail hat from sinamay to your own design.

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Freeform Sinamay

Saturday 27 April 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Sculpting with sinamay, create your own freeform shape, which you will wire, edge and trim with flowers, organic sinamay shapes, pieces of jewellery or feathers. The finished piece can be fixed onto a headband, comb or clips depending on hairstyle or individual preference.

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Stitch Straw

Saturday 1 June 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Create a shape on the sewing machine using stitched straw strands and learn how to produce either a regular disc or a more organic shape. Using wire to add height and rigidity can extend your design choices. Trims can be made from straw and sinamay in the shape of fans, cockades and flowers.

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Summer Millinery

Friday 21 to Saturday 22 June 2019 (2 days) £195 PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll sample a range of media, including sinamay, felt and buckram, and make and trim two hats of your own design.

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1940s Hats

Saturday 27 July 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

An opportunity to explore vintage millinery from the 1940s. You will look at hats and headpieces using traditional styles and techniques and then make a headpiece according to your own design. You will gain skills required for blocking and shaping buckram, wiring, draping, lining and trimming.

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Freeform Sinamay

Saturday 31 August 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Sculpting with sinamay, create your own freeform shape, which you will wire, edge and trim with flowers, organic sinamay shapes, pieces of jewellery or feathers. The finished piece can be fixed onto a headband, comb or clips depending on hairstyle or individual preference.

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Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 14 September 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Use tweeds, woollen fabrics or cotton velvets to make a 1920s cloche in three pieces with an added brim, a soft velvet turban in a choice of patterns, or a stylish pillbox hat made of a crown with three pleats for extra volume.

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Autumn Millinery

Friday 18 to Saturday 19 October 2019 (2 days) £195  PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll use flat patterns to construct pillbox, cloche, bakerboy or wide-brimmed hats. Perfect for cold, wintry days!

Textile masterclasses at Big Cat Textiles

At the larger Big Cat Textiles based in Newburgh Fife we offer a comprehensive program of textile masterclasses taught by the world’s best textiles artists. You can find the Big Cat masterclass schedule here.