Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Pleated nautilus and feather-leaf ribbon brooches and trims with Leanne Fredrick

Ref: S1D11003

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About this course

Elegant pleated nautilus and feather-leaf ribbon trim and brooches can beautifully adorn more than just hats. These versatile ribbon work pieces are rewarding once mastered. Learn how to make them with plenty of tips and tricks.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to teach the techniques for making pleated Nautilus and Feather-Leaf ribbon trim elements. These vintage style hand pleated trims can be found on historical hats as well as clothing. Their elegant beauty is still attractive and admired today.

Your tutor, Leanne Fredrick, has taught this hands-on course around the world. The day will start with basic instruction for early success followed by the skills to expand the techniques to more advanced projects. Petersham ribbon is a significant part of the work and there is often confusion about Petersham vs. Grosgrain ribbon. As a group, we will discuss the difference with a variety of samples to view and share related history about ribbons and looms.

At the end of the workshop you will take away two finished brooches, to adorn a hat, lapel, or cardigan as well as learning samples. Additional materials will be available for purchase in class if desired.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. You must be able to thread your own needle. In addition, you will find the course more enjoyable with some basic needle and thread sewing skills.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including
  • Petersham ribbon
  • Backing felt
  • Two brooch backings or a stick/hat pin.

What students need to bring

  • Students need to bring a basic sewing kit.
  • • Small scissors to nip thread and cut ribbon.
  • • Needles - preferably thin millinery straws size 7-9. You need to be able to thread it, but not too
  • large of an eye, as it will make it more difficult to sew.
  • • Thimble
  • • Pins & pincushion
  • • Small ruler
  • • Pin-able surface such as a cork board or a pin board at least > 5” or 13 cm in diameter
  • (optional)
  • • A few small clothes pin, binder clips, alligator clips or other device to hold folds together.
  • This is small fine work, so bring your glasses and warm up those hands.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional materials will be available for purchase in class if desired.
  • Please pay the tutor with cash or a cheque.


Leanne Fredrick

Leanne Fredrick is a California born, London milliner, tutor and writer. She trained in London with
couture milliner Edwina Ibbotson, theatrical hatter Jane Smith, industry experts and Morley
College. Leanne teaches workshops privately through Hattin’ Around, annually at London Hat
Week and internationally with B Unique Millinery. Leanne’s articles are published regularly in
The Hat Magazine.

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