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Creating Beautiful French Silk Flowers

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Thursday morning at The Sewing Room we created beautiful French Silk Flower under talented Sydney milliner Catherine Kelly. We spent four fabulous hours learning the ins and outs of working with silk organza and silk dupion to create absolutely beautifully hand crafted silk flowers. With all materials and morning tea provided, it was a lovely way to spend a rainy morning in Sydney!


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Here Catherine is heating the special brass flower making tools and demonstrates the traditional art of French Silk Flower Making.

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This tool is called a Rat’s tail and is used to curl over the edge of the petal to create a realistic appearance to your flower.

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Everyone in the class created a gorgeous individual piece exactly to their own personal taste. These masterpieces can be used on a fascinator, brooch, or as trim for a hat or garment.

Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 3:29 am

Millinery & Silk Flower Workshop

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Fascinator WorkshopFascinator Workshop
Saturday 5th June from 10pm to 4pm

We have a few places still available for this exciting workshop, Catherine will demonstrate how to create a base shape using the sinamay and a basic wooden block and millinery wire.
Using some vintage hats and headpieces as inspiration we will use a modern millinery product Sinamay to interpret a contemporary design. You will create a wonderful headpiece and also learn some delightful ways to master the use of sinamay as a trim. You will also learn a few techniques with feathers to add panache to your headpiece.

Learn about which hats will suit your unique face shape and uncover some of the mysteries of millinery using traditional wooden millinery blocks at this one day workshop. Students are welcome to bring along with them a special brooches or exquisite feathers that can be incorporate into their fascinator. To be held at The Sewing Room on Saturday 5th June from 10pm to 4pm.

Silk Rose Workshop
Thursday 3rd June from 10am to 2pm

My Mother had spoken of this technique as she had seen it as a child and was fasinated by the brass flower tools that formed the petals so when Catherine Kelly told me about it. I asked if she could delivery a class at The Sewing Room. You will be delighted with the beautiful silk flower you will create using traditional brass flower tools. You will learn about suitable fabric choice, methods of stiffening fabric, traditional tooling techniques and assembly of flowers. This workshop will be held at The Sewing Room on Thursday 3rd June from 10am to 2pm.

Places are limited so if you are interested in coming to these exciting fascinator or silk flower workshops please contact us via email

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 5th, 2010 at 1:22 am