April 26, 2010

Teaching how to make a sinamay fascinator

I was approached recently by Castelltort to give a few classes on how to make a fascinator. Castelltort is a  Spanish wholesaler that has just recently started carrying material to make fascinators (sinamay bases, sinamay by the meter, some feathers, veil and horsehair). The classes are aimed at customers (owners of shops) who want to get an idea of what can be done with the material being sold, and who are interested in selling it in their shops.

Today I gave the first class, 3 hour long , in which the ladies attending learnt to make a fascinator. They were supplied with a kit bag containing instructions, templates and the material needed to make the fascinator that I designed for the occasion. This is the table just before the class stared:

Here’s a picture of the ladies that have attended the course with their fascinators on (I’m there in the center):

It has been a very interesting experience and I’m really happy with the results, and really lucky I met such wonderful ladies!


  1. Hey! you all look great!

    Comment by prima — April 26, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

  2. We do look great! don’t we? All the ladies were really looking forward to this course and dived into the experience. It was very enjoyable teaching them all.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — April 26, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  3. It was wonderful to know you! I linked your blog, and I’m just writing the post about the workshop. Thank you so much for your kindness and congratulations for your great work!

    Comment by Paulina — April 27, 2010 @ 8:33 am

  4. All different and all really nice!!
    Congratulations for your work!!

    Comment by Nila Taranco — April 27, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  5. Cristina.- Que buen ambiente y que bonitos tocados. Me encantan esos “packs” tan bien preparados. Felicitaciones.

    Comment by Paco Peralta — April 27, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  6. You are Amazing! All the ladies Fascinators look Beautiful. Wonderful design.. It’s an art to teach, and you again are the Artist!

    Comment by Montez — April 27, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

  7. Thank you everyone!
    I believe that given the fact that the ladies had not made a hat in their lives, and they were at it for less than 3 hours, they did a wonderful job. Some of the hats were not finished (they were pressed for time and decided to finish it at home later), which explains why some of the fascinators don’t look altogether finished.
    I’m proud of my students, they did great!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — April 27, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  8. More pictures from this class at CREA DIY blog: http://www.creadiy.com/2010/04/taller-de-tocados.html

    Comment by cristinadeprada — April 27, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  9. Looks nothing short of spectacular! Each hat looks wonderful and everybody looks so happy wearing their little creations.:-)

    Comment by Couture Millinery Atelier — April 27, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  10. Que bien preparadas están las clases y que buena documentación.
    Se nota un magnifico ambiente y los tocados son precios.
    ¡¡Felicidades por ello¡¡.

    Comment by carmen — April 28, 2010 @ 7:40 am

  11. How GREAT that you are teaching, Cristina! I’m sure your class had a wonderful time and their work shows you’re a great teacher. Kate Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — April 28, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

  12. Great work, Cristina! The results show what a great teacher you are! Isn’t it fun when you can make a group of ladies happy with a few twists of sinamay? I know they had a blast.

    Comment by Jan — April 30, 2010 @ 12:26 am

  13. Teaching is so much fun and your ladies creations attest to the fine job you did! You all look terrific!

    Comment by margo — May 1, 2010 @ 4:21 am

  14. Admiring them all!

    Comment by jill — May 5, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  15. Hola! vengo desde el blog de los kimonos para devolver la amable visita 😀 Estoy encantada con tu blog y tus trabajos, me encantan lo sombreros y los fascinators (como se diría en Español?XD) me apasionan ya que los encuentro super-elegantes! Será que a mi el tema de otras épocas me atrae muchísimo, seguiré por aquí cotilleando un poco. Un abrazo

    Comment by Arashi — May 18, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  16. Hi,
    Just wondering does anybody know how to make a poupee? I have never seen one before and am not sure I fully understand. Is it solid and possible to pin materials in to it as you would a hat block or is it just 4 display?

    Comment by niamh o sullivan — July 15, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  17. Hi,
    I suspect they are made like dressmakers forms, with a papier mache base, then covered in watting and cloth. You can pin through the cloth but not through the hard material under. Its for working not display. You can drape turbans on it, and generally work on smaller hats comfortably.
    Making one? Well I have not tried, I must be easier than building a television from scratch but still it does not seem like something you can easily make. Better get a new one from Stockman, pricey but worth it!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 15, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  18. Good job Cristina! Now, this proves that Sinamay is not just for making beautiful Sinamay bags but also beautiful fascinator. That exactly what you are all teaching me ladies. I think everyone did a great job on making their fascinating Sinamay fascinator.

    Comment by Sinamay bags — July 19, 2010 @ 6:19 am

  19. Hellow, It’s a verry nice’ pleasure, to contact you, I work with hats, and Iam interesting to make flowers , with the material you have, where i can get it, and how to make it, congratulation of all the work you make, dont forget me ,

    Comment by Mme. Carmen Touzé — November 24, 2010 @ 8:03 am

  20. te escribo desde valladolid para decirte q este tocado me gusta mucho¡ besos elisa

    Comment by elisa — January 8, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

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