Millinery for Beginners

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Millinery course for Beginners in Sydney.

Learn to make your own hat! In this short course you will cover many traditional aspects millinery and there will be an opportunity to make a straw or felt hat or headpiece for yourself.

If you want to learn about Millinery in Sydney, then this course is for you.


During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to millinery.
  • Materials for millinery.
  • Tools and equipment for millinery.
  • What style suits me?
  • Design Elements and principles for hats and headwear
  • Choosing the right hat blocks for your hat project.
  • Learn some traditional trim techniques for millinery and hatmaking
  • Making a hat or headpiece from Felt or Straw using traditional techniques.
  • Feather shaping for trims
  • Working with silk flower making tools.
  • Grosgrain binds and trims.
  • Crinoline Trims.
  • Keep it on your head – tips, tricks, and techniques to secure your hat.
  • How to store, and care for your hat.
  • Tour Embellish Atelier Studio– and Hatters Millinery Supplies – experience a working studio.
Learning Outcomes

The intended Learning Outcomes for this course are as follows.

By the end of this Millinery course students will:

  • Have completed a hat using either a straw or felt capeline.
  • Have gained knowledge of and completed a number of trim and finishing techniques using millinery materials – feathers, crinoline, and grosgrain.
  • Be able to demonstrate use of a variety of millinery techniques to make and complete a hat such as blocking, finishing, binding techniques.
  • Be able to analyse a hat in terms of design line, colour, texture, repetition, emphasis and balance.
  • Be able to determine styles to suit their face shape
Other Information

The tutor provides the foundation materials as part of the course – (parasisal straw or felt capeline, wire, some basic fabrics, tools, equipment and sundry glues, and stiffeners) for your Hat or headpiece. Suitable Hat Blocks are made available for use to create the Hat or headpiece.

Please wear closed in shoes.

Please bring

The tutor supplies equipment and materials for the first class and will outline and display the correct equipment, and tools required for millinery.
A basic sewing kit can be purchased on the first evening and includes :

  • Tape measure
  • Sewing Gauge
  • Packet of mixed size straw needles (Birch preferred)
  • Floral Pins
  • Beeswax Thread conditioner

Additional materials required throughout the class:

  • Mapping / drawing pins
  • Quality dressmaking steel pins
  • Apron
  • Thread to match project – Gutermann preferred
  • Hat Box
  • General purpose scissors
  • Long nosed pliers
  • Thimble

Available to purchase from Spotlight, Lincraft or:
Hatters Millinery Supplies

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.


Millinery for Beginners

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$349 Limited inc GST / $279.20 / $314.10
The course fee include materials pack valued at $75. You get to take your work home.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Catherine was such a fantastic teacher! I’ve made hats I didn’t think in a million years I’d ever be able to do. I’d do it again & again.

  • said: Such a great course. Well taught and now I feel confident to make hats at home. Such a beautiful venue in Cathy’s millinery shop surrounded by beautiful hats and blocks. Cathy was an exceptional teacher and inspired the class every week.

  • said: It was fascinating learning the techniques to make a hat and gaining some insights into millinery. The course was well run and very satisfying. I would like to do more millinery courses.

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