Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Millinery flowers, a stem of sweet peas with Anne Tomlin

Ref: S1D10448

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About this course

Make a stem of sweet peas and learn some useful silk flower-making techniques. Blend dyes to paint petals, make a seed pod and calyx and learn how to construct the flowers, experiment with heated tools, and finish by binding stems in silk.

Course Description

Discover the art of millinery silk flower making and experiment with a range 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 make unique flowers. 

Throughout the day all the different stages will be demonstrated and at the end of the day you will have an understanding of how to paint with dyes and construct a stem of sweet peas.

Techniques and skills covered:
• silk stiffening technique
• cutting petals from templates
• mixing dyes and silk painting techniques
• shaping petals with heated tools
• construction through observation 
• leaf making and binding of stems

The tutor will help you through the different processes with individual attention. At the end of the course, you will be given information of suppliers of silk, tools and materials used. Dyes, tools, silk and wires will all be available to buy from the tutor.

The course is suitable for all levels and all you need is a good basic knowledge of sewing and some patience. 


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


All materials are included.

What students need to bring

Please bring a sketchbook and pencils, and sewing kit containing a pair of small sharp scissors and a thimble.
An apron.
Wild flower reference.
Reading glasses, if worn.

Available to buy

Available from shop:
Sewing threads and needles

Available from tutor:
Extra fabric, dyes and supplies if needed for an additional charge (pay by cash or cheque)


Anne Tomlin

Anne has a degree in Textiles and trained at West Surrey College of Art (UCA, Farnham), then studied millinery at The London College of Fashion. She co-founded the Bailey Tomlin label in 1989 designing and making hats for many stores including Saks 5th Ave, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty.

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