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Current millinery courses
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Beginners Millinery Winter School (Monday to Friday, July)

Wow Bow! Spring Workshop (Tuesday, September)

Freeform Headpiece from Parisisal Straw (Saturday or Sunday, September)

Sinamay Brim Extensions (Saturday and Sunday, December)

5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive (Monday to Friday, January 2019)

Beginners Millinery Winter School

Five-day beginner millinery course with Australian milliner Louise Macdonald and guest milliner Lynnette Lim from Love Lotus!

Learn the basic of flower-making using time-honoured and some modern techniques, including tinting and shaping with traditional tools. Participants will make a variety of flowers, such as rose and orchid. Lynnette Lim is famous for her exquisite floral head pieces. She is a very highly regarded millinery tutor and will be sharing her valuable knowledge in this 2-day segment.

With Louise you will make a hat from felt or straw using traditional millinery techniques, for a casual or more formal occasion wear. It will be a fun week for those wanting to exercise their creative yearnings and explore the basics of millinery from two very experienced professionals.

Date: Monday to Friday 23 to 27 July 2018, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $790

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Wow Bow! Spring Workshop Fashion headpiecesCity of Melbourne's Melbourne Fashion Week logo

This is a 2.5-hour workshop – included in the official program of City of Melbourne's Melbourne Fashion Week – in which you will make your individually crafted headpieces for the races or special occasions!


Big bows are the go this season! In this evening workshop make your own from some specialist materials with professional tuition from Louise Macdonald. This will set you up for the racing season! This workshop is suitable for beginners.

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2018, 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $125 (includes materials)

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Freeform Headpiece from Parisisal StrawFashion hat designed by Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald

Learn how to prepare and manipulate parisisal straw in a variety of different ways to produce contemporary organic headpieces. You will have the opportunity to complete one piece ready for trimming. This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced students.

Dates:
Option 1 – Saturday 8 September 2018, 10am to 4pm (fully booked; waiting list only)
Option 2 – Sunday 9 September 2018, 10am to 4pm

Cost (one option): $230 plus materials (approximately $40 to $50)

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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 this technique to complete a parisisal straw hat with a brim.

Date: Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 December 2018, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $420

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5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive 2019

Course content to be announced soon.
Date: Monday to Friday 7 to 11 January 2019 or 14 to 18 January 2019, 10am to 4pm

 

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

Silk flowersSilk Flower Making

Tutor: Lynette Lim

Learn the basic of flower making using time-honoured, and some modern, techniques including tinting and shaping with traditional tools. Participants will make a variety of flowers, such as a rose and orchid, using these techniques.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Fashion hats designed by Melbourne milliner Louise MacdonaldBuntal Mats (fully booked)

Create two structured hats from buntal mats without the use of blocks. One will be a wide brimmed Dior shape and the other a small boater percher. When you first venture into the world of millinery, compiling a collection a good blocks happens over time. In the absence of an extensive block collection, the ability to make and create a diverse range of hat shapes is a bonus. In this workshop you will learn some techniques that enable you to create two shapes ready for trimming, giving you skills to create your own unique shapes.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Felt beret designed by Irish milliner Lina SteinBeginners Millinery Autumn School

Five-day beginner millinery course with Australian milliner Louise Macdonald and guest milliner from Ireland Lina Stein! Make two hats; one from straw and the other from felt.

With Lina Stein you will learn about working with millinery felt and all its hidden possibilities, simultaneously combining techniques such as blocking and the refined art of "hand molding". Attendees will dive into the world of soft, steamy and voluptuous felt, and create a timeless swirled beret hat, which will be finished with a satin lining – so good you could eat it!

With Louise you will make a hat from straw using traditional millinery and techniques, for a casual or more formal occasion wear. It will be a fun week for those wanting to exercise their creative yearnings and explore the basics of millinery from two very experienced professionals.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Fashion hat designed by Melbourne milliner Louise MacdonaldTwist and Shape Sinamay Manipulation

Understanding the bias weave and how it can be manipulated to create 3D 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 blocks.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Sydney Workshop: Louise Macdonald's Signature Techniques

Day one: Freeform headpieces from parisisal straw. Learn how to prepare and manipulate parisisal straw in a variety of different ways to produce contemporary organic headpieces. You will have the opportunity to complete one piece ready for trimming.

Day two: Understanding the bias weave and how it can be manipulated to create 3 dimensional shapes is one of the keys to using woven millinery materials. In this workshop you draw on traditional skills to create contemporary trims and a small sinamay brim without the use of blocks.

Learn how to defy gravity with your millinery trims and give them the appearance of delicate movement.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Intermediate Millinery Summer School

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.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

Beginners Millinery Summer SchoolBeginners Millinery Summer School

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.

Date: This course ran in 2018. Its content, tutor and cost may be subject to change if this or a similar course is scheduled in the future

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.

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm

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

Fashion headpiece by Melbourne milliner Louise MacdonaldSpring 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: 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

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


Millinery crownMillinery Workshop

This year's "must have" millinery wear is a lace crown, elegant halo or a simple something with 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 town!

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you'll be welcomed with a glass of bubbly to unleash your creative vibe before going onto learn how to manipulate some unique specialist millinery materials. Leave the session with your beautiful creation in its own glossy hat box, ready for extensive outings throughout the season!

Tutor: Lauren Ritchie

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 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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