Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Millinery flowers, a quintessential English silk rose with Anne Tomlin

Ref: S1D10474

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About this course

Make a couture silk rose, manipulate fabric, shape and dye the petals and make stamens. Learn how to construct flowers before assembling as an addition for a hat, brooch or hair accessory.

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 find your own personal way of creating flowers to make a silk rose.

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

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 painting with dyes and constructing a beautiful silk rose.

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 of real roses

• Leaf making and binding of stems

The tutor will help you through the different processes with plenty of individual attention. At the end of the course we will review all the techniques involved and youwill 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.


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 her 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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