Lewisham Council - Adult education course details


Hatmaking - make your own hat block & complete a fascinator (TFD0386BR)

Create both a buckram hat block and complete a stylish fascinator trimmed with a hand-made rose or poppy fabric flower. You will firstly learn how to make a buckram (which is a professional Tailor�s stiffening medium) brim and/or crown block, which are a much cheaper alternative to traditional wooden blocks, and will enable you to make felt, straw or fabric hats in your own size at home (please note that to complete both blocks, you will be required to complete work outside of the lesson) You will also use traditional millinery materials and methods to make an organdie rose or poppy flower to trim a pre-prepared fascinator base - ensuring that you will be race-day or special event-ready for the late spring & summer seasons! You will be sent detailed information about the structure of the course, and additional basic materials you will need to provide, once you have enrolled onto it � please read over this carefully, and contact the Curriculum Leader if you need any further information.
Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr
04 March 2019

25 March 2019

Number of weeks

Day of the week:

7pm and 9.30pm

£85.00 (full), £60.00 (reduced), £60.00 (concession)

Or call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol.

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
This course is suitable for either complete newcomers to Hatmaking, or will definitely be of interest to learners with previous experience who want to develop their range of skills and own their own hat block(s). Some experience of hand sewing would be an advantage, but is not essential.
Learning Goals:
To identify & use a range of millinery techniques. To be able to use specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely. To make either a hat crown block and/or brim. To complete a fascinator with hand-made trimmings.
What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.
What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, discussion and self- evaluation of your work, 1-2-1 and informal group question and answer sessions.
Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice techniques and progress their projects at a faster pace.
What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
All the construction materials for the course will be provided and are included in the course fee. You will be required to bring your own personal basic course equipment, such as a metal thimble and basic sewing kit- full details of which will be provided once the course is fully enrolled. Please do not purchase anything until you receive this information from us & the confirmation that the class is running. If you have not received this, or you enrol very close to the start date of the class, please contact the Curriculum Leader for guidance on 0208 3147309, or denise.darlow@lewisham.gov.
What do I need to bring to the first class?
Once confirmed, please bring your basic equipment kit & an apron to protect your clothing. A notebook & pen, plus a camera/phone will also be useful for recording ideas & techniques.
Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.
Additional information
The course fee includes all the construction materials that you will use. Please be aware that as this is a fairly physical craft learners will need to have good strength and flexibility in their hands.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:


Denise Darlow – Curriculum Leader
Tel: 0208 314 7309