Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Flower making – velvet winter rose with Anne Tomlin

Ref: SWE09332

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About this course

Make couture silk and velvet roses, manipulate fabric, shape and dye the petals and make stamens. Learn about the construction of flowers before assembling as a brooch or hair accessory.

Course Description

Learn how to make couture silk and velvet roses using silk velvet and silk. Learn about the construction of flowers through observation and drawing. Each process will be demonstrated with samples.

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the art of 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 and find your own personal way of creating flowers, buds and leaves.

Throughout the course you will be shown how to colour and shape velvet petals, hiding wire between layers, try an embossing technique to make veins on the petals and leaves. You will be shown some beading techniques and making of stamens to enhance the centre of the rose. (There will be a large selection of Japanese beads to choose from.) Each stage will be demonstrated with samples. You will be encouraged to experiment with dyes to replicate your preferred colourway and advice on painting techniques and colour will be at hand. At the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of the shapes that the various tools create, construction of your flowers and how to combine and attach to a brooch pin or hair clip to make a perfect Christmas present.

Techniques and skills covered:

Stiffening the silk

Making templates

Bias cutting of silk from templates

Mixing dyes and silk painting techniques

Bonding silk layers and hiding wire

Making stamens and leaves, binding stems

Beading techniques

The tutor will help you through the different processes with plenty of individual attention. At the end of the course you will review all the techniques involved and be given information of suppliers of silk, tools and materials used.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes use of the tutor's specialist tools, silk fabric, crystal beads, wire and thread.

What students need to bring

  • No preparation required prior to attendance.
  • Please bring an apron and sewing kit containing a pair of small sharp scissors.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Some sewing essentials, needles, pins etc
  • Some threads
  • Available from tutor:
  • Kits, dyes, silk and wires will be available to buy from the tutor.

Please note: You need a basic knowledge of sewing.


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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