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In this workshop, flower making expert Anne Tomlin will teach you how to make a beautiful abaca silk rose, complete with leaves and stem.

Abaca is a blend of silk woven through stiff banana palm fibres. It is three times stronger than silk or cotton and is extremely long lasting. It takes dye beautifully and is shaped easily with flower-making tools. Even if you haven’t made millinery flowers before, this workshop will be a good introduction to the craft and will give you skills to take away to continue making. You will learn about dyes and how to use them, how to shape petals with tools and then how to construct a rose. You will be given templates, a suppliers list and information on what you have learnt to take away.

Techniques you will learn:

  • Observation of the structure of a rose to understand how to recreate one in silk
  • Experimenting with mixing dyes to achieve the colours you would like to use
  • Understanding how to paint silk
  • Shaping the petals with French and Japanese Somebana tools (You will be able to play with a host of different shaped tools to create curls and marks to replicate a real rose.)
  • Making a perfect rose middle
  • Placement and stitching the petals together
  • Making the calyx from bonding layers of silk and covering a ball to shape the base of the rose
  • Making leaves from silk and abaca fibre
  • Binding stems from silk floss or silk threads
  • Finishing techniques

Anne Tomlin studied woven textiles at West Surrey College of Art and London College of Fashion. She co-founded the Bailey Tomlin label in 1989, and designed hats for major stores in the UK, USA and Japan, including Harrods, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Saks 5th Ave and Mitsukoshi, for 17 years. She now specialises in millinery flower making, working on bespoke pieces following her fascination of the natural world and love of detail. She teaches her skills in the UK and abroad and exhibits small collections at exhibitions and craft fairs.

This course is suitable for all millinery skill levels, including beginners, but hand sewing skills will be helpful.

Tea and coffee will be provided and there will be a 1 hour break for lunch. Students can bring their own lunch or purchase something to eat from one of the nearby cafes or restaurants.

All materials will be provided although students are welcome to bring their own sewing kit if they would prefer. 


6 available
LHW Masterclass: Abaca Silk Rose with Anne Tomlin - 6/4/19 (11:00am-6:00pm)£195.00A booking confirmation will be emailed to you upon purchase.