Learn Millinery

If you are curious or even passionate about hats, learning millinery may be just for you.

Learning to make hats in Perth has proved to be very difficult with most of the major educational institutions not offering millinery courses that are readily available in other states. To overcome this, I have been travelling East to Millinery Conferences for many years, where I have had the great fortune to learn from many of Australia’s best milliners and even a brief class with the Queen’s Mother’s milliner.

Due to the increasing requests for classes, I am now happy to offer millinery classes with a maximum of 4 to the class.
Classes can be scheduled on weekends or week days depending upon availability.

The course is a jam packed full day (8.30am to up to 9.30pm) of millinery depending on student’s speed.

Being in WA poses lots of problems re: supplies, blocks etc. The aim of the day is to teach you the terminology of millinery, products, handling, dyeing and production. I teach you how to use everyday items instead of having a block for every shape and how to manipulate your products.

The day will give you the skills to create your own pieces confidently. Millinery is really a basic understanding of the skills required with many hours of practice to hone those skills. You can make any shape you wish on the day and are welcome to use my blocks.

The class is $240 for the full day plus materials. At the end of the day you should have produced a crown and brim, wired and sewn them together ready for you to trim in your own time.

If you wish to do a class, I have a waiting list that when I can set some dates, I send out a group email with a few possible dates. A minimum of 3 is required for a class date to be confirmed. The first to reply secure a class position and then a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your position. Unfortunately I have had to ask for the deposit, as there have been people that have not attended when there has been others waiting for a position.

If you wish to placed on the waiting list, send me an email with “millinery class waiting list” in the comments section. I will reply that I have received your email.

Please feel free to ring me if you need further clarification.

For inspiration, some of the classes that have been taught are:

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  • Race Wear/Catwalk hats,
  • Bridal headpieces (not metal tiaras),
  • Silk Flower making,
  • Trimming hats.
  • Feather styling