The annual Feltmaker’s Design Competition is without doubt a major award for those working towards a career in millinery, being tailored specifically for students, apprentices and those who have recently launched headwear businesses of their own. With no set theme, the competition opens the door for innovative design to develop processes, shapes, styles and interesting combinations of felt with other materials. Seven prizes are given overall, including one for artwork, which must be submitted with each hat, to show the thought process and inspiration behind the design, including the construction and any new developments used in the making.

This years’ Feltmakers’ Design Award judging took place in Luton with a with a somewhat reduced judging panel. Noel Stewart, Bill Horsman and Rachel made the final decisions. We had over 40 from the UK as well as some European entries from students, apprentices and new start-ups.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Feltmakers Hat Design Competition:

First Prize – Nora de la Quintana, KCC/Morley College
Second Prize – Anna Kittson, KCC/Morley College
Third Prize – Leah Hislop, Northampton College

Craftsmanship Award – Sarah Blackmore, KCC/Morley College
Commercial Appeal Award – Tina Williams, Hereford and Ludlow College
Artwork and Presentation – Florence Baverstock, Northampton College
Innovative Use of Felt – Stefania Belfiore, Italy

Congratulations to you all.