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Current millinery courses
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Turban Wrap! (2.5 hours, September)

Spring Workshop (2.5 hours, September)

Twist and Shape Sinamay Manipulation (Saturday and Sunday, December)

Beginners Millinery Summer Schools (Monday to Friday, January)

Intermediate Millinery Summer Schools (Monday to Friday, January)

Turban wrapTurban Wrap!

The turban is this season's on-trend headwear. In this 2.5-hour workshop you will make your own sinamay turban wrap to be worn throughout the summer. Come with a friend and go home with your beautiful wrap in a glossy hat box.

Dates:
Tuesday 5 September 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm
Saturday 9 September 2017, 2pm to 4.30pm (fully booked; request place on the waiting list)
Saturday 30 September 2017, 2pm to 4.30pm

Cost: $95 per workshop, per person
Additional cost (materials purchased by you beforehand in the colour of your choice): approximately $25

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Spring Workshop

A 2.5-hour workshop in the iconic Nicholas Building in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, where you will make their individually crafted headpieces for the races or special occasions!

Participants are welcomed with a glass of bubbly before learning how to manipulate specialist materials to create their own elegant halo or stylish headpiece. At the end, you leave the session with your beautiful millinery creation in a glossy hat box!

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017, 10am to 12.30pm

Cost: $95 per workshop, per person (materials are provided; extra supplies may be available for purchase in the class)

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Twist and Shape Sinamay Manipulation

Understanding the bias weave and how it can be manipulated to create 3-D shapes is one of the keys to using traditional millinery materials. In this weekend workshop you will block a base and trim it using sinamay to create a double-sided sculpted trim. You will also be shown how to create a sinamay brim without the use of blocks.

Date: Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 December, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $360, plus materials (approximately $60)

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Beginners Millinery Summer Schools

Five-day beginners millinery course with Louise Macdonald and Lynette Lim from Love Lotus.

Two days: Silk flower making, using traditional flower making tools and techniques.

Three days: Make a hat from straw, using traditional millinery techniques, for a casual or a more formal occasion.

Monday to Friday 8 to 12 January 2018, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $750 plus materials

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Intermediate Millinery Summer Schools

Reach for the sky!

Two days: Make a headpiece with floating trims with Lynette Lim. In this course you will block a simple shape and earn how to make your own gravity defying floating trims.

Three days: Make a headpiece from sinamay, learning Louise Macdonald's signature double-sided sinamay manipulation techniques. Make some fabulous gravity defying trims that dance across the headpiece.

Monday to Friday 15 to 19 January 2018, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $750 plus materials

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

5-Day Millinery Intensive

Course 1: Be introduced to many "must know" millinery techniques to create your beautiful hat and headpiece over 5 days. With Louise Macdonald you will make a hat of your design over 3 days, from felt or straw, using traditional millinery techniques. Trimming examples will be explored with Lauren Ritchie. She will teach you how to make silk origami trims and work with stiffened lace, combining the results on a wire headband to create your unique headpiece.

Course 2: Be introduced to many "must know" millinery techniques to create your beautiful hat and headpiece over 5 days. With Louise Macdonald you will make a hat of your design over 3 days. With Lynn Lim make a wirework tiara. Leave those limiting blocks and create an on-trend tiara from wire! You will learn how to fashion a tiara from millinery wire, cover your frame and explore appropriate trims for your design.

Date: This course ran in 2017. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

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 from leather 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.

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

Buntal Mats

  • Buntal mat hat2 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.

    Date: This course ran in 2017. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

    Millinery Winter Intensive

      Millinery sculpted sinamay
    • 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.

    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!

    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

    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.

    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

    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 from leather 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.

    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

    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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