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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 course

Buntal Mats (2 days, March)
Millinery Intensive (5 days, April)
Fabulous Floral Crowns (2 days, May)
Sinamay Brim Extensions (2 days, May)
Make a headpiece from wire (2 days, June)
Millinery Winter Intensive (5 days, July)

Buntal mat hatBuntal Mats

  • 2 days
  • With milliner Louise Macdonald
  • Suitable for beginner and intermediate millinery students

Louise Macdonald will show you how to manipulate buntal straw in a variety of ways to produce classic and contemporary headpieces and hats. You will make 2 pieces ready for trimming.

When: Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 March 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $340 plus materials

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Millinery Intensive

  • 5 days
  • With milliners Louise Macdonald and Lynette Lim
  • Suitable for beginner and intermediate millinery students

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.

Fabulous Floral Crowns with Lynnette Lim (2 days): Make the perfect piece for Spring – create a fabulous floral crown that will make you feel like a queen! In this weekend course you will make some fantastic flora and arrange them into a heavenly halo. Lynn will show you how to use traditional millinery and flower making techniques to make your own modern masterpiece.Millinery ribbon origami

Ribbon origami with Louise Macdonald (1 day): 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.

When: Monday to Friday 4 to 8 April 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $680 plus materials

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Millinery floral crownFabulous Floral Crowns

  • 2 days
  • With milliner Lynnette Lim

Make the perfect piece for Spring – create a fabulous floral crown that will make you feel like a queen! In this weekend course you will make some fantastic flora and arrange them into a heavenly halo. Lynn will show you how to use traditional millinery and flower making techniques to make your own modern masterpiece.

When: Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 May 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $340 plus materials

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Sinamay Brim Extensions

  • 2 days
  • With milliner Louise Macdonald
  • Suitable for intermediate and advanced millinery students

A sinamay brim extension is a light and delicate way to extend or finish a brim. Learn the brim extension technique and how to create a small bias sinamay brim without using a brim block.

When: Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 May 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $340 plus materials

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Millinery wire hatMake a headpiece from wire

  • 2 days
  • With milliner Lynette Lim
  • Suitable for beginner to advanced students

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.

When: Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 June 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $340 plus materials

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Millinery Winter Intensive

  • 5 days
  • With milliners Louise Macdonald and Lynette Lim
  • Suitable for intermediate and advanced millinery students

Day 1 and 2: Sinamay brim extensions with Louise Macdonald. A sinamay brim extension is a light and delicate way to extend or finish a brim. Learn the brim extension technique and how to create a small bias sinamay brim without using a brim block.

Day 3 and 4: With Lynn Lim, make the perfect piece for Spring – create a fabulous floral crown that will make you feel like a queen! You will make some fantastic flora and arrange them into a heavenly halo. Lynn will show you how to use traditional millinery and flower making techniques to make your own modern masterpiece.Millinery sculpted sinamay

Day 5: Sculpted sinamay trims with Louise Macdonald. Known for her striking sculptural sinamay trims, Louise will show you how to make single and double sided colour trims for a show stopping headpiece!

When: Monday to Friday 11 to 15 July 2016, 10am to 4pm

Cost: $680 plus materials

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

Millinery Summer School (Beginners)

This 5-day millinery intensive will be a treat, with 3 of the most experienced milliners sharing their expertise with you.

This 5-day course is a great introduction to millinery. Learn how to make your own design using traditional millinery and trimming techniques. You will finish the week with one hat, one birdcage veil headpiece and handmade flowers.

Day 1, 2 and 3: Make a hat of your own design using either felt, straw or sinamay. Perhaps you want to make a hat for winter, a sun hat or a hat for the races. Louise Macdonald will share her wealth of experience with you to create your own piece.

Day 4: Lynn Lim, from the millinery label Love Lotus, makes some of the most beautiful and unusual headpieces. She is also an excellent millinery educator and will show you traditional flower making techniques and tools to create beautiful silk flowers.

Day 5: Lauren Ritchie has been working with Louise Macdonald for 5 years. We have been busy making this season's must-have accessory... the birdcage veil. Lauren will show you how to make your own along with some different trimming techniques using lace and straw.

Date: This course ran in 2016. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


Pleated headpiece from millinery Lynn LimMillinery Summer School (Intermediate and Advanced Students)

This 5-day millinery intensive will be a treat, with 3 of the most experienced milliners sharing their expertise with you.

Day 1 and 2: Sinamay brim extensions with Louise Macdonald. A sinamay brim extension is a light and delicate way to extend or finish a brim. Learn the brim extension technique and how to create a small bias sinamay brim without using a brim block.

Day 3: Lynn Lim, from the millinery label Love Lotus, will be doing advanced flower making. You will learn to make your own flower patterns from a picture or flower from the garden.

Day 4 and 5: Silk, satins and the joy of double-sided buckram with Lina Stein. Students will discover the amazing things that can be made and the speed with the use of double-sided buckram! From covering and blocking fancy brims to pleat free-forms to trimmings as simple as a structured bow, Lina will share her knowledge, tips and tricks with you.

Date: This course ran in 2016. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


Sculpture millinery blocksRock your Block with Lina Stein

Create your own sculpture block that looks good from all angles. In this 2-day course make a hard wearing hat block that is ideal for a unique one-off hat and can be used as a prototype model with block makers. You will take home your original plaster model, as well as the finished block.

Date: This course ran in 2016. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


Silk, Satins and the Joy of Double Sided Buckram with Lina Stein

Students will discover, with the use of double sided Buckram, the amazing things that can be made and the speed! From covering and blocking fancy brims to pleated free-forms to trimmings as simple as a structured bow, Lina will share her knowledge, tips and tricks with you.

Date: This course ran in 2016. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future


January Summer Schools

  • 5-day millinery intensive courses
  • 2 options to choose from
  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

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.


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


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: 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



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: 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

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


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


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

Millinery students at Louise Macdonald's studio in Melbourne

View photos taken during this course!


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 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 session with your beautiful creation in its own glossy hat box, ready for extensive outings throughout the season!

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 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


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

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


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


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