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Learn how to make your own hat! Join the millinery courses offered at Louise Macdonald's studio in Melbourne.


Current millinery courses
(click on a link below to view the details of the selected millinery course)

Weekend courses (Saturday and/or Sunday)
Blocking leather and leather trims (July)
Sculpting straw buntal mats (August)

Evening courses
Make your own birdcage veil headpiece (September, early October or late October)

Leather button hat
Blocking leather and leather trims
Tutor: Lynnette Lim

Make your button beret covered in luscious leather with milliner Lynn Lim. Learn how to make a fabulous foundation and to successfully block your leather. You will also craft a stunning leather trim to top off your leather creation. Suitable for intermediate millinery students.

Date: Saturday 25 July and 1 August 2015, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $320 (plus materials)
Course code: LBJUL

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Buntal mat headpiece by Louise Macdonald MillinerSculpting straw buntal mats (2 days)
Tutor: Louise Macdonald

Buntal straw mats are a relatively new arrival to millinery. In this 2-day workshop, milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to manipulate them in a variety of different ways to produce classic and contemporary headpieces and hats. You will make 2 pieces ready for trimming. Suitable for beginner or intermediate students of millinery.

Date: Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9 August 2015, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $320 (plus materials)
Course code: BMAug

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Make your own birdcage veil headpiece
(Spring Carnival Millinery Workshop; 1 evening)

Millinery students at Louise Macdonald's studio in Melbourne

This year's "must have" millinery wear is a birdcage veil adorned with cats ears, bunny ears or simply a stylish twist. Come on your own or with a group of friends to make an individually crafted piece that you can show off at the races, the office's Christmas party or dress up for a night on the tiles!

In this 2.5-hour evening workshop, you'll be welcomed with a glass of bubbly to get your creative fingers going before learning how to manipulate some of the most lovely veiling and specialist millinery materials. Leave the evening with your beautiful creation in its own glossy hat box, ready for extensive outings throughout the season!

Option 1 – September
Date: Tuesday 1 September 2015, 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $95
Course code: BCSept1

Option 2 – September
Date: Thursday 3 September 2015, 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $95
Course code: BCSept3

Option 3 – Early October
Date: Thursday 8 October 2015, 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $95
Course code: BCOct8

Option 4 – Late October
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $95
Course code: BCOct28

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Previous millinery courses: These courses have already taken place and may run again soon.


January Summer Schools

  • 5-day millinery intensive courses
  • 2 options to choose from
  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $650 per course

Classic driving capOption 1
Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Tutors: Louise Macdonald, Georgina Conheady and Lynn Lim

  • Make your block from esparterie with Louise Macdonald (2 days): Esparterie was the magic material for creating hat shapes without the need for blocking in the mid 20th century. After being almost extinct, it has now reemerged! Esparterie can be used for making hats or blocks. Milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to use this material to create a block of your own. This is a great skill to learn; imagine being able to make exclusive block shapes!

  • Linen buntal blocking with Georgina Conheady (1 day): Enjoy learning traditional millinery techniques and mixing it with incredible linen buntal to add colour and texture to your hat. Milliner Georgina Conheady will show you how to block, drape and sculpt using this fibre. Linen buntal will bring your hat alive, using traditional and contemporary styles together!

  • Making a flat pattern hat from straw cloth or fabric with Lynn Lim (2 days): Linen, tweed or straw cloth. Keep your head stylish this summer in a classic driving cap (photo). Milliner Lynn Lim will teach you how to alter, cut and sew this flat pattern hat to produce a driving cap that will make you turn heads!


Option 2
Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Tutors: Lynn Lim and Louise Macdonald

  • Blocking leather and leather trims with Lynn Lim
    (2 days): Make your button beret covered in luscious leather with milliner Lynn Lim. Learn how to make a fabulous foundation and to successfully block your leather. You will also craft a stunning leather trim to top off your leather creation.

  • Buntal mats with Louise Macdonald (2 days): Buntal mats (photo) are relatively new to millinery. Milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to manipulate them in a variety of ways to produce classic and contemporary headpieces and hats. You will make 2 or 3 pieces ready for trimming.

  • Tricks with wire with Lynn Lim (1 day): Discover all the tips and tricks with wire! In this class with milliner Lynn Lim you will learn how to use wire techniques to make your hat bases and trims effortlessly appear to defy gravity!


Option 3
Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Tutors: Georgina Conheady and Louise Macdonald

  • Thermo felt with Georgina Conheady (2 days): Create a hat made with thermo felt, blocking and sculpting to your heart's desire! To finish off your hat, you will also learn the traditional technique of using French tools to create beautiful flowers. Then make a large rose and lily using thermoplastics, thermo felt and silk.

  • Make a hat of your own design with Louise Macdonald (3 days). Make a beautiful hat of your design using traditional millinery techniques. Different materials and techniques will be used by each student, according to their level of experience and their design.


Winter Millinery Intensive

Millinery students at Louise Macdonald's studio in Melbourne

Tutors: Lynn Lim and Louise Macdonald

Blocking leather and leather trims with Lynn Lim (2 days): Make your button beret covered in luscious leather with milliner Lynn Lim. Learn how to make a fabulous foundation and to successfully block your leather. You will also craft a stunning leather trim to top off your leather creation.

Buntal mats with Louise Macdonald (2 days): Buntal mats are relatively new to millinery. Milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to manipulate them in a variety of ways to produce classic and contemporary headpieces and hats. You will make 2 or 3 pieces ready for trimming.

Tricks with wire with Lynn Lim (1 day): Discover all the tips and tricks with wire! In this class with milliner Lynn Lim you will learn how to use wire techniques to make your hat bases and trims effortlessly appear to defy gravity!

Suitable for beginner or intermediate students of millinery.

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


Beginners and Intermediate Millinery
Tutor: Louise Macdonald

Make your beautiful hat using traditional millinery techniques taught by one of Australia's leading milliners. These small classes are open to beginner and intermediate students, catering to different levels of experience. Students will make a hat from start to finish, moulding the materials over the traditional wooden hat blocks using a variety of techniques depending on their experience.

8 sessions over 8 weeks
Classes on Monday evenings (except for public holidays), 6pm to 8.30pm
Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


Make your block from esparterie (2 days)
Tutor: Louise Macdonald

Esparterie was the magic material for creating hat shapes without the need for blocking in the mid 20th century. It almost became extinct, but has recently reemerged! Esparterie can be used for making hats or blocks. Milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to use this material to create your own brim block. This is a great skill to learn; imagine being able to make exclusive block shapes! In order to get the best from this course, some millinery experience with blocking hats would be helpful.

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $320 (plus materials)

Racello braid hat
Racello Magnifico (racello braid; 2 days)
Tutor: Lynn Lim

Get your vintage on and discover the beauty of racello braid. Explore the possibilities of working with this magnificent medium. In this two-day workshop, you will make a small hat using racello or vintage braid. You will learn how to shape and weave the braid to create a spectacular hat and top it all off with a fitting trim.

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $320 (plus materials)


Tips and tricks with wire
Tutor: Lynn Lim

Discover all the tips and tricks with wire! In this class with milliner Lynn Lim, you will learn how to use wire techniques to make your hat bases and trims effortlessly appear to defy gravity!

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $160 (plus materials)


Millinery wire hatMake a headpiece from wire (2 days)
Tutor: Lynn Lim

Push your creative boundaries! Leave those limiting blocks and create a small hat or headpiece from wire. In this course you will learn how to fashion a shape from millinery wire, cover your frame and explore appropriate trims for your design. Make a toy topper or heavenly headpiece... let your imagination run wild. Suitable for beginner or intermediate students of millinery.

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $320 (plus materials)


Ribbon origami
Tutor: Louise MacdonaldRibbon origami

This workshop will give you plenty of trimming inspiration, as Louise revisits her years making hats for the BBC series "The House of Eliott" (read more). You will learn some twisting and folding techniques with ribbon to create a selection of 1920s style Cockade trims for hats and headbands.

Date: This course ran in 2015. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $160
Material cost: You can purchase your ribbon (the list of required lengths and thickness will be sent on enrolment) or purchase a kit on the day for $50


Make a Stylish Fedora
Tutor: Lynnette LimFedora hat made by millinery student

Channel your inner pop star and get ready to thwart the paparazzi, just like Miranda Kerr, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba, while you learn to make a fashionable fedora from stunning straw. Block, shape and produce a first-class finish for your hat using traditional millinery techniques, then customise your creation with a timeless ribbon trim or a more contemporary concoction.

Date: This course ran in 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Silk Abaca and Leather Flowers
Learn how to use traditional brass French flower tools to produce gorgeous flowers. In this class you will use a combination of silk abaca and leather to create various flowers, including rose and poppy.

Date: This course ran in 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $155

Straw braid hat
Make A Small Hat From Straw Braid
Tutor: Lynnette Lim
Get your vintage on and discover the beauty of braid. Explore the possibilities of working with this magnificent medium. In this 2-day workshop you will make a small hat using racello or vintage braid. You will learn how to shape and weave the braid to create a spectacular hat and top it all of with a fitting trim.

Date: This course ran in 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Silk Abaca and Leather Headpiece
Tutor: Georgina Conheady
Make a stunning headpiece of silk abaca and leather. You will learn to block and drape silk abaca and make silk abaca and leather flowers, and combine both materials to make trims.

Date: This course ran in 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


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