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Current millinery courses
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Make a turban from fabric or silk abaca (Saturday and Sunday, February)

Buntal Mats (Saturday and Sunday, March)

5-Day Millinery Intensive (Monday to Friday, 5 days, April or July)

Beginners and Intermediate Millinery (Monday evenings, 8 weeks, April to June)

Sinamay Brim Extensions (Saturday and Sunday, April)

Fabulous Floral Crowns (Saturday and Sunday, May)

Turban headpieceMake a turban from fabric or silk abaca

Learn to block, shape and drape to create a delicate flowing piece.
Tutor: Louise Macdonald.

When: Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 February 2017, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $340

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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.

    When: Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 March 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $340

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    5-Day Millinery Intensive

    Be introduced to many "must know" millinery techniques to create your own beautiful hat and headpiece over 5 days.

    When: Monday to Friday 10 to 14 April 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $690 (plus materials)

    When: Monday to Friday 3 to 7 July 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $690 (plus materials)

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    Beginners and Intermediate Millinery

    • 8 sessions over 8 weeks on Monday evenings
    • With 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.

    When: Monday evenings, 17 April to 5 June 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm
    Cost: $560

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    Sinamay Brim ExtensionsSinamay Brim Extensions headpiece

    • 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 29 and 30 April 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $340

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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 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.

    When: Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 May 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $340

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

    Millinery Summer School (Intermediate and Advanced Students)

    In this week-long course you will learn 2 of the most popular styles of the season, plus a variety of techniques that can be applied to other designs.

    • Make a boater hat from millinery wire, cover your frame and explore appropriate trims for your design. Tutor: Lynn Lim.
    • Make a turban from fabric or silk abaca. Learn to block, shape and drape to create a delicate flowing piece. Tutor: Louise Macdonald.

    When: Monday to Friday, 16 to 20 January 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Cost: $690 (plus materials)

    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 wirework tiaraMillinery Summer School (Beginners)

    Over 5 days you will be introduced to many "must know" millinery techniques to create your own beautiful hat and headpiece.

    • Beginners' 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. Tutor: Lynn Lim (2 days).
    • Make a hat (with a brim) from straw, while learning the traditional blocking techniques, brim finishes and simple trimming ideas that can be applied to other materials like felt and sinamay. Tutor: Louise Macdonald (3 days).

    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


    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.

    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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