Lights…Camera…Action!! In Thurrock Libraries

This was the first of our workshops to become fully booked and it was easy to see why. It was a complete hat! I mean hit!!

We held this workshop at both Corringham and Grays Library and were joined by 20 young people. Sara Grundy, a professional milliner, led the workshop. Sara started by talking through different styles of hats and how they are made. She explained what a milliner does and the processes of ordering and designing a hat, right through to making it. Everyone was impressed when Sara said she works on film sets!  Sara brought along some hats she had made to inspire us to create something fantastic when it was our turn!

 Sara handed out huge sheets of paper and helped everyone to design a costume inspired by their favourite book or for a favourite character. The outfits were then finished off by designing a hat and accessories.


Everyone was fitted with a plain long black hat, which caused lots of giggles as we all looked quite silly with them on. Then it was time to make the drawings come to life by creating our very own hat. Armed with scissors, sequins, netting and some very very sticky glue, slowly the hats started to take shape and transform into 20 very different designs. You certainly wouldn’t know they all started life as the same hat!

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Each one of the 20 hats created were unique, as you can see from our pictures. They ranged from a werewolf, toothless the dragon, a knight, even a tea cup!! Cat’s ears were also a very popular choice to add onto a hat.

Sara helped as we created by explaining different techniques and materials that we could use to make our hats stand out and match our designs. She told us the right shape to cut our cat ears to make them prick up when on the hat, how to create ruffles from the netting, how to shape our hats!

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Write more about Grays Workshop HERE

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Everyone was in agreement that they had enjoyed the workshop and were very proud of their creations.


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