A ‘Percher Hat’ is a delightful hat which is small enough to simply ‘perch’ on the edge of the head. This is the typical style of hat which you’ll find in the Sahar Millinery collections. Often, percher hats look quite vintage - akin to the pillbox hats of the 50s or structured beret hats of the 40s. However, depending on how you trim / style your hat - it could also look completely contemporary.
There is a variety of blocks (ie shapes) available (pillbox, button, beret etc). If you like the idea of doing the felt class, but would rather block a ‘full’ hat, there is also the option of making a cloche (ie 1920s shape) or trilby hat.
As you book, Sahar will ask you what shape you’d like to make as the blocks are available on a first come first served basis (typically one hat shape per person). She will also provide you with a colour chart so you can order the felt colour you’d like to use.
At the end of the class, each participant will have one new hat to take away with them, and gained an insight into the world of millinery - it’s materials, techniques, and how trimmings can drastically alter the look and feel of a hat.
This class is suitable for all levels. Basic sewing knowledge is helpful but not essential.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Sahar Millinery
Sahar sees herself as a ‘bringer of beauty and creativity'. She enjoys helping people connect to their own beauty and their own creativity, and thus have them in turn contribute to the beauty and creativity in the world. This could be through hats, through teaching a workshop, or through uncovering people’s talents and uniqueness.
Primarily a milliner, Sahar has two millinery brands; 'UglyLovely' and 'Sahar Millinery'. 'UglyLovely' aims to create some of the most unique hats in London. Sahar hand-crafts each hat to create original and unique pieces designed to flatter the wearer.
Both brands use traditional millinery techniques. While Sahar Millinery brings about timeless ‘vintage style’ elegance, UglyLovely focuses more on the macabre. Described as ‘sinister but beautiful’; UglyLovely is about the wonder and awe in the beauty of the strangest things, and a celebration of death. Here we see more sculptured pieces adorned with real butterflies, rusted keys and bird claws.
Sahar discovered her love for beauty in the unconventional following her degree in Costume Design at Edinburgh College of Art. There, inspiration would come from varied sources; from great fashion designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, to microscopic images of insects. After graduating, she then specialised in millinery and set up her millinery labels in London. Her style reflects her varied Persian and English background, her love for British hats, as well as her exposure to the underground art world which surrounds her in London.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.