Strawberry Hill Hats crafts classes in London
Strawberry Hill Hats crafts classes in London


Strawberry Hill Hats

4 reviews
4 reviews

Lesley made hats for amateur theatre and after making some 30 from horrible craft felt decided to learn how to do it properly. She went to London College of Fashion and learned how to block straw, sinamay and felt, and also how to make sewn hats.

She works in a studio in Wimbledon and during the two Open Studios a year listens to what people say about hats. They say they don't suit hats; hats are expensive and only worn once; even if worn more than once the need to be stored; they'll be damaged if packed in a suitcase. Lesley believes that making stylish, easy-care everyday hats will encourage people to wear them.

Lesley has devised a pattern for a sewn hat. One size fits all. It can be made in anything from calico to silk, and dressed up or down. It is packable. It can be made in a day from your fabric of choice. The calico example has been tried on a number of sceptical ladies who have been pleasantly surprised by how good they look in it.

From making blocked hats out of commercial felt Lesley decided to explore hand made felt as a fabric for hats and became fascinated with all things related to wet-felting and what could be done with it. Hats, scarves, wraps, gloves, slippers, vessels and large wearables such as dresses and jackets. The possibilities are endless, it seems.

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14 Mar
Great instruction, good pace to the day, interesting and very, very satisfying. I would recommend Lesley to anybody from beginners to experienced dyers. Thank you!
2 Jul
I never tried felting before, I really enjoyed making my own fabric, even if you need a bit of elbow grease! I made a scarf and a brooch and they are pretty and unique. I also got a tour around the Wimbledon studios looking at all the different artist spaces! More felt please!
5 Nov
Great! Fun and educational.
27 Jan
Lesley was a patient and knowledgeable teacher. She was generous with her time and resources; her studio was an inspiring place to work. Wet felting was fun with Lesley.