Anne Tomlin

Handmade Flowers & Bespoke Accessories


Anne studied Textile Design at West Surrey College of Art and Millinery at The London School of Fashion, and has been designing and making hats for over 30 years; selling to major stores including Harrods, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Mulberry, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Mitsukoshi.

She now takes her inspiration from the intricacy of the natural world, making pieces ranging from hats and corsages to miniature worlds of wild flowers, mixing materials like silk, silver, beads and hat straw, using a variety of techniques developed over the course of her career.

Greetings Cards

Pack of six cards with envelopes:

  • Silk peony
  • Silk roses and peony headpiece
  • Silk flower garden
  • Silk orchids headpiece
  • Silk and beaded acorn and oak leaves brooch
  • Silk bluebells headpiece

Size: 148 x 148mm. Cards are blank inside. £10 (+ p&p) per pack.


Summer Workshops in Hassocks, West Sussex

These one-day workshops are suitable for any level but making the flowers requires patience and some sewing skills.

What you will learn:

  • Studying the construction of the flowers
  • How to stiffen silk
  • Cutting from templates
  • Understanding how to mix dyes to make the desired colour
  • Painting with silk dyes
  • Using Japanese and French heated flower-making tools
  • Bonding layers of silk
  • Binding and finishing stems

These workshops are priced at £120 which includes all materials (and a box to take your flowers home in), a delicious vegetarian lunch, drinks and home-made cake.

I stock a range of beautiful stainless-steel flower-making tools, hand-made by Guy Morse-Brown, for sale individually or in sets, as well as silk, wires and small sets of dyes.

How to get here

We're close to the centre of Hassocks, in West Sussex, just 2 minutes walk from Hassocks station on the London to Brighton line, and around 10 minutes drive from the A23.

Buttercups and Daisies

Buttercups and Daisies

Thursday, 9 August 2018 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

2 places remaining!

A day exploring the finer details of these most common wild flowers. Daisies and buttercups take us on a nostalgic journey back to our childhood and have a place in our hearts but once picked they wilt so quickly. This is an opportunity to study and capture the colours and textures of these beautiful flowers and to make a small brooch or corsage that will look realistic but with no wilting!



Saturday, 25 August 2018 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

This is a day to make a beautiful big peony. Really observing the construction and colours and working with templates and silk satin organza you will make this flower completely from scratch including the stamens and calyx. There will be plenty of guidance and help with colour and form and information for you to take away to make your own flowers.

Winter 2018 / 2019 Workshops

Millinery flower making – velvet rose corsage

14 – 16 December 2018
West Dean College

Learn how to make couture millinery silk and velvet roses. Experiment with traditional French and Japanese heated tools to manipulate the fabric, shape and dye the petals. Make stamens, bond silk layers, disguise wire and bind stems. Learn about the construction of flowers through observation, before assembling as a brooch pin or hair accessory.


Millinery flower making – a silk orchid

10 – 13 February 2019
West Dean College

Learn how to make couture millinery orchids using different types of silk. Experiment with traditional French and Japanese heated tools to manipulate the fabric and shape petals. Dye your own petal colours, make stamens, bond silk layers, disguise wire and bind stems, and learn about the construction of an orchid through observation before assembling.


Make a silk daisy chain – millinery techniques – a taster day

Short course: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 June 2018
West Dean College

Learn to make delicate realistic silk daisies using traditional French and Japanese heated millinery tools, dyes and sewing.


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