19th Century Stitch Straw Hat Making

with Jane Smith

Jane Smith Millinery - stitch and straw

Jane Smith started making hats for theatre and film in 1968, and works in felt, straw, buckram, plastic and fabric. She makes uniform caps and hats, naval bicornes, top hats and many more. Currently she works almost exclusively with principal actors in theatrical or film production. Always interested in the historical aspect of the shows and films she works on, she also teaches theatrical millinery at many of the most prestigious London Colleges.

On this 3 day workshop with master milliner, Jane Smith, you will learn two ways of working with stitch straw.

Firstly, working with 5mm stitch straw directly onto a buckram or sinamay flat pattern you will create a bonnet or top hat. Then the more traditional method of stitching straw to straw will be used to create the desired shape.

Depending on your preference you will choose one of these two methods to make your hat. There will be plenty of samples on show and Jane will guide you through the history of 19th century stitch straw.

Sewing machines are provided and there will be some hand sewing required. Stitch straw will be available to purchase from Big Cat Textiles.

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