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Want to 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)

Beginners and Intermediate Millinery
(4-week course; workshop starting in November)


Weekend courses (Saturday and Sunday)
Silk Abaca and Leather Headpiece (September)

 

  • Beginners and Intermediate Millinery
    Tutor: Louise Macdonald (BIApr and BIJul) or Georgina Conheady (BIJun)
    Make your own 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.

    4 sessions over 4 weeks
    Monday evenings 17 November to 8 December 2014, 6pm to 8.30pm
    Cost: $260
    Course code: BINov

    View how to enrol in one or more courses


  • 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.

    Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 September 2014, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $295 (plus materials)
    Course code: SLSept

    View how to enrol in one or more courses


 

Previous millinery courses: These courses have already taken place and may run again soon. Subscribe to Louise's newsletter to be notified when new courses become available:

January Summer Schools (5-day millinery intensive courses)


Ribbon origami cockadesOption 1 – Silk abaca and leather, hat of your design and ribbon origami
Tutors: Georgina Conheady and Louise Macdonald
Make a stunning headpiece of silk abaca and leather with milliner Georgina Conheady. You will learn to block and drape silk abaca and make silk abaca and leather flowers, and combine both materials to make trims. For the second half of the week you can make a hat of your own design (using your material of choice) with Louise Macdonald over 3 days. You can choose from a variety of hat crown and brim blocks to customise you hat shape. Louise will also show you some ribbon origami techniques where you can twist, fold and stitch ribbon to create a selection of 1920s style cockade trims (photo).

Date: This millinery 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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $650 plus materials


2-tone beretOption 2 – Leather button beret and 2-tone beret or pill box
Tutors: Lynn Lim and Louise Macdonald
Leather button hats are chic and charming. Make your own button beret covered in luscious leather with milliner Lynnette 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. For the second half of this week, with milliner Louise Macdonald, you will make a 2-tone beret or pill box with double sided, sinamay sculpted trim.

Date: This millinery 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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $650 plus some materials


Option 3 – Thermoplastics and buntal mats
Tutors: Carole Maher and Louise Macdonald
Buntal mats Thermoplastics are changing the way milliners are blocking and trimming headwear. In this 2-day session Sydney milliner Carole Maher will share her extensive knowledge of these materials with you. You'll be amazed by their versatility and time saving benefits which will help you to be more creative and profitable in your millinery. You will create a pillbox, a sculptural headpiece and a more advanced headpiece using your choice of thermoplastic. In most cases hats containing thermoplastics do not need, wire, stiffener or drying time. Buntal mats (photo) are a relatively new and inexpensive arrival to millinery. 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 or 3 pieces ready for trimming.

Date: This millinery 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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $716 (includes $66 of thermoplastics)


Option 4 – 2 days of thermoplastics
Tutor: Carole Maher
Thermoplastics are changing the way milliners are blocking and trimming headwear. In this 2-day session Sydney milliner Carole Maher will share her extensive knowledge of these materials with you. You'll be amazed by their versatility and time saving benefits which will help you to be more creative and profitable in your millinery. You will create a pillbox, a sculptural headpiece and a more advanced headpiece using your choice of thermoplastic. In most cases hats containing thermoplastics do not need, wire, stiffener or drying time.

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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $370 (includes $66 of thermoplastics)


Fedora hat made by millinery studentMake a Stylish Fedora
Tutor: Lynnette Lim
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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Sculpting and Blocking Straw
Tutor: Louise Macdonald
Buntal straw mats are a relatively new and inexpensive 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.

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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Ribbon OrigamiRibbon origami
Tutor: Louise Macdonald
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 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $155
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 $40


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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $155


Make A Small Hat From Straw BraidStraw braid hat
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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Leather Blocking and Trimming
Leather button hat
Tutor: Lynnette Lim
Leather button hats are chic and charming. Make your button beret covered in luscious leather. 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 2014. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


Make a Wire-Work Hat or Headpiece
Millinery wire hat Tutor: Lynnette 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 a heavenly headpiece. Let your imagination run wild! Make a modern marvel using traditional millinery techniques.

Materials:
Millinery wire – 10 meters 19 gauge cotton covered wire
Tie wire – 28 gauge jewellery wire
Braid/narrow ribbon/tulle for wrapping wire
Lace/organza/sheer fabric or other premade trims for trimming hat

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 (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of new courses)
Cost: $295 (plus materials)


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