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.


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.

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Saturday, 14 July 2018 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

A day to explore the structure of a sweet pea and its myriad of colours. You will spend time experimenting with silk dyes to capture the colours and essence of sweet peas. I will offer plenty of guidance and tips on how to achieve the delicacy of these beautiful flowers and at the end of the day you will take away a few finished flowers and plenty of knowledge and skills to make more at home.

Buttercups and Daisies

Buttercups and Daisies

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

A day exploring the finer details of these most common wild flowers. Daises 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

Only 1 place remaining!

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.

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