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An introduction to some basic millinery flower making skills using traditional French and Japanese heated tools with expert flower maker Anne Tomlin. 

You will learn how to mix dyes and to play with colour to achieve the delicacy of sweet peas. You will discover how to shape and curl petals and experiment with a range of tools.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the art of millinery silk flower making using a mixture of traditional French and Japanese somebana heated tools. You will gain skills that you can use after the course has ended to explore the craft further and find your own personal way of creating flowers.

Throughout the day all the different stages will be demonstrated and at the end of the day you will have an understanding of some of the skills in flower making. You will be able to make up to 5 sweet peas to take home.

This course is suitable for all millinery skill levels and but a good basic knowledge of sewing and some patience are required.

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, designing hats for major stores in the UK, USA and Japan. Now working under her own name and away from the hectic world of fashion, she is focusing on her love of wild flowers and bees and their symbiotic relationship, making bespoke pieces for clients, exhibiting and teaching.

Water 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. 

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