Anne Tomlin

Handmade Flowers & Bespoke Accessories


Anne graduated in 1983 from West Surrey College of Art (now part of UCA) with a first-class Honours degree in Textile Design, before studying Millinery at The London School of Fashion. She began designing and making hats in 1985 and started to make a name for herself in the fashion world.

Bailey Tomlin Label

By the end of the 80’s she had founded Bailey Tomlin with textile designer Bridget Bailey, and for nearly 20 years they made hats under their own label, as well as collections for many prestigious stores and designers; including Harrods, Liberty, Mulberry, Saks 5th Avenue and Mitsukoshi.

Anne Tomlin Label

Since then, Anne has been rediscovering her fascination with the natural world, and now makes bespoke accessories; handmade flowers and hair adornments inspired by the wild flowers (and bumble bees!) that surround her West Sussex home.


Millinery silk flower making – roses and peonies

Short course: Friday 8 – Monday 11 June 2018
West Dean College

Learn the art of making couture millinery roses and peonies using different types of silk and traditional French and Japanese heated tools to manipulate the fabric and shape the petals. Create authentic colours with dyes, make stamens, bond silk layers, disguise wire and bind stems. Finally construct a small arrangement on a small hat base.


Millinery silk flower making – sweet peas

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

Learn basic millinery flower making skills as you make delicate silk sweet peas using traditional French and Japanese heated millinery tools, dyes and sewing. Use to decorate a headpiece or simply create a bunch of realistic sweet pea stems.


West Dean Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday 3rd June 2018: 11:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 15:00
West Dean College

I will be running two short workshops on the Sunday making a silk satin daisy. Learn how to bond layers, use traditional heated flower tools, bind stems and make a leather calyx. Some sewing skills useful.

To book click on the button below, which will take you to the West Dean booking page for the festival. Select Sunday 3rd on the calendar and scroll down the list to my Make a silk daisy workshops; please ensure you have a valid admission ticket for the Festival prior to booking (available on the same page).


I’m also exhibiting at the Festival from the 1st – 3rd June, so even if you can’t make the workshops, it would be lovely to see you there.

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