Course Information

Description: Marie Antoinette style wig is a fun class project introducing students to the basics of making a historical style/fantasy wig without the need to hand sew, using thermal set fabric Fosshape® a felt-like synthetic fabric that when heated is activated and stiffens to hold its form. Sailing amongst the hair waves sits a cardboard 16th century tail ship, a downloadable print of the ship is included in the class along with a detailed video on making this delightful hair accessory.
Media Category: Fiber Art
Course Type: Self-directed (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)
Course Format: Full project
Course Begins: March 31, 2022 - Ongoing
Course Duration: No time limit

What will Students learn? This course is designed to create confidence with step-by-step videos showing the use of thermal set fabric Fosshape® a felt-like synthetic fabric that when heated is activated and stiffens to hold its shape. Students will learn basic wig making and styling techniques. With additional techniques to shape paper and card to create a small sailing ship.
Instructor/Students interaction: Answer questions via emails
Skill Level: Intermediate
Required skill(s): No special skills required

Tools list:

  • heat gun, iron
  • scissors, pins
  • screwdriver
  • styles
  • soft mat
  • metal rod 3mm + 5mm, awl
  • paint brush
  • heat resistant board
  • silicone thimbles
  • cutting mat, safety glasses
  • flat nose pliers
  • pencil, emery board
  • pressing cloth, long tweezers


  • heat set fabric FOSSHAPE® 300 12’’ x 12"
  • ink jet Photo Paper Matte 250gsm + copy paper A4 / US Letter
  • baking papering
  • acrylic clear spray
  • powder/white + blue chalk
  • tacky glue, tooth picks
  • white + tan thread
  • Escutcheon pins 10mm /.4''

Downloads: PDF patterns

Course Curriculum

    1. Tools List

    2. Tools List

    3. Materials List

    4. Materials List

    1. Printing & Cutting

    2. How to Print

    3. Sail Pattern

    4. French Sail Ship

    5. Shaping the Hull

    6. The Deck

    7. Cleat Pins

    1. The Sail

    2. The Rigging

    3. Setting the Sail

    4. Sail Away

    1. Iron Cover Patterns

    2. Iron Cover

    3. Hair Line

    4. Wig Base

    5. Creating the Hair

    6. Adding Volume

    1. Back Bouffant

    2. Setting the Back

    3. Front Bouffant

    4. Left Curls

    5. Setting Left Curls

    6. Right Curls

    7. Setting Right Curls

    8. Romantic Ringlets

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 33 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content


Catherine Mather

Porcelain - Mixed Media

Australian based figurative artist Catherine Mather started sewing at the age 5, and never looked back. Graduating from N.S.W Fashion Collage before spending a decade designing and fabricating masquerade costumes. Eventually fell into doll making in the late 1980’s, working with traditional fired porcelain and perfecting her techniques to develop ¼ life dolls. A passion for historical fashion and petite garment-making has evolved over the years with a vast knowledge of era appropriate costuming and the methods required to achieve that perfect ensemble. Known for teaching hands-on workshops, sharing clever ideas for makers of all levels and now on your computer or mobile device with NIADA.

VISIT: Catherine Mather Portfolio