Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Part 1. About

  • 2

    Tools and Materials

    • Tools and Materials

    • Part 3. Hat Block

    • Tools and Materials List

  • 3

    Blocking the Hat Base

    • Part 4. Cutting the Sinamay

    • Part 5. Blocking the Sinamay

    • Part 6. Taking off the Hat Block

  • 4

    Trimming the Edges

    • Part 7. Trimming the Blocked Hat Base

    • Part 8. Wiring the Hat Base

    • Part 9. Creating a Bias Strip

    • Part 10. Attaching Bias Strip to the Hat Base

  • 5


    • Part 11. Pleating a Sinamay Fan

    • Part 12. Creating a wide Bias Strip

    • Part 13. Sewing the Veil

    • Part 14. Attaching the Decorations on the Hat Base

  • 6


    • Part 15. Sewing the Elastic

  • 7

    Final Part

    • Part 16. Final part

Course Description

Our Best Selling "Fascinator Hat with Elena Shvab" is now available online. ​ This workshop will enable you to create your own fabulous fascinator hat, and leave with the skills to carry on creating more. You’ll learn how to block a fascinator base, manipulate sinamay straw, how to wire and trim the edges, work with veiling, and much more. You will also learn different techniques of trimming and decoration, including sinamay bias strip, sinamay pleated fan and steam manipulation. By the end of the session you will gain invaluable millinery skills and create a beautiful finished hat. ​

Fascinator Hat Course

  • 55 min of video content, 17 lessons, easy to follow guidance

  • Unlimited access, learn on your own time in a comfort of your home

  • Contact your tutor at any time if you have questions

  • Detailed material guide PDF


Designer, founder of Elena Shvab Millinery

Elena Shvab

Elena Shvab is a London-based milliner and textile designer of Russian-Israeli heritage. Taking inspiration from nature, history, contemporary art and modern culture, she works with bold shapes and experimental textile techniques to create dramatic silhouettes. Elena Shvab has received an Honorary Award at The International Hat Design Competition, China. Her work to date has appeared in numerous publications such as HatAlk e-magazine, Tatler, The Guardian, The Hat Magazine, Tantalum, A2Z, Ellements and her millinery creations can be spotted at major events like the Royal Ascot and the Melbourne Cup Carnival. An experienced millinery tutor, Elena also offers hat-making workshops and private millinery tuition in her London studio and online. She teaches both traditional and modern hat making and shares helpful technique videos on the Elena Shvab Millinery YouTube Channel.

Fascinator Hat - Online Course