Sinamay Flowers with
Bridget Bailey

Saturday 11-18 July 2020

Bridget has an unsurpassed reputation for intriguing ideas and exquisite making and over the years she has developed a particular set of skills and techniques for working with silk, sinamay and straw.

This workshop will focus on flower-making and you’ll learn some of the secrets behind Bridget’s extraordinary designs.  With endless good humour and enthusiasm, she'll show you how to manipulate materials to create perfectly sculpted  pieces without the need for specialist equipment.  

Using a range of materials including velvet, silk and sinamay, you’ll learn to dye and make embossing plates. You’ll learn Bridget’s step-by-step process for embossing, wiring and making pollen and stamens which once mastered will give you the freedom to develop your own designs and artistic style..

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Bridget’s teaching methods focus on practising and perfecting techniques and even experienced milliners will find themselves challenged in countless new ways. You'll create two headpieces during the week and learn a wealth of skills, gain an appreciation for accuracy in your millinery and textile work and enjoy a sense of freedom and play in making. 

The week coincides with the international Hat Festival, Estivales du Chapeau, which attracts milliners from all over the world and we will visit the Festival on one morning.   On Sunday morning we visit the atmospheric food and craft market in the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val which was used as the backdrop to the films “Charlotte Grey” and “The Hundred Foot Journey”. 

This workshop is suitable for all levels from total beginner to advanced with no prior experience of blocking required.


Essential information

Single or double occupancy luxury and standard rooms available

From €1975-€3000 per participant, €1500 non-participant

Non-refundable deposit on booking
First instalment of 30% due on 15 November 2019
Full balance due 1 April 2020

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 12 participants

Workshops held in English

Included 7 nights full board, (one dinner out at guests' cost). 4.5 days full-time tuition. Foundation materials included. Trips to local markets and Caussade International Hat Festival

Excluded Airfares to France. Airport transfers available at extra cost

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“This week has been like a dream. I really don't want to wake up! Thanks for making this place so wonderful.”

Sveina, Iceland

Bridget Bailey

Bridget Bailey produced her first collection for Jean Muir in 1984. As part of the Bailey Tomlin fashion brand she designed for Mulberry, Saks Fifth Avenue and the V&A. With a degree in textiles and training with milliner Rose Cory, Bridget has a wealth of specialist experience. Her work has been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Royal Academy and Fortnum & Mason.


Estivales du chapeau

2020 marks the 28th year of the Estivales du Chapeau, the international hat festival that takes place around the 14th July each year in Caussade, 4 miles from Chateau Dumas. Milliners travel from all over the world to exhibit or enter one of the many design competitions.


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