NEW online workshop (available 24/7):
Contemporary Cockades Deluxe Course
Learn how to make your own hat!
Ignite your creativity and feel confident being guided by Louise Macdonald, who has 30 years of millinery teaching experience.
View details about Louise Macdonald Milliner's:
Ribbon Beret (live streaming course)
Drawing on her knowledge of 1920s ribbon cockades, Louise Macdonald reveals clever ribbon twisting and folding techniques to cover a pre-blocked button beret. The result is a gorgeous contemporary trans-seasonal headpiece. You'll learn how to prepare, measure, fold, set and transfer the manipulated ribbon to the 3-dimensional beret form, before stitching into position – effective in plain or striped ribbon.
Freeform with Buntal Mats – Express your interest
Buntal mats are one of Louise Macdonald's favourite millinery materials. She offers 3 online courses on HatAcademy showing you how to create structured hat shapes without blocks. In this live streaming course, you will learn how to prepare, assemble and sculpt to create more organic hats and headpieces from the buntal mat. Being formed by hand, your piece will be unique to the creator. Channel the sculptor in you and enjoy wonders of buntal mats.
Freeform Parisisal Sculpting – Express your interest
Learn how to prepare and manipulate parisisal straw to produce contemporary organic headpieces without the use of a block. This great technique produces unique flowing pieces that free you from the confines of a hat block. At the end of the session, you will have received instructions on how to prepare, sculpt, reinforce, stiffen and finish your unique headpiece.
Ribbon Halo (live streaming course)
Create an intricate trans-seasonal halo headpiece in this 2.5-hour live streaming course. Louise Macdonald draws on her 30 years of millinery experience (read more) to teach you how to achieve this traditional ribbon folding technique and apply it to a contemporary "on trend" design. No specialised equipment is required, making it suitable for beginners to advanced students.
Ribbon Origami – Express your interest
Louise Macdonald started her millinery career making hats for the BBC series The House of Elliot (read more). This gave her a taste for beautiful ribbon cockades of the 1920s. In this live streaming workshop she will share her love of the ribbon trims with you. Learn some twisting and folding techniques to create a selection of trims that can be applied to hats, headbands and fascinators for a vintage or more contemporary look.
Thursday Millinery Class (face-to-face course)
Learn basic traditional millinery techniques to create 2 hats of your own design. You'll be shown how to create a hat from felt or straw that suits and fits you personally. Steaming, blocking, stitching, trimming – all the essentials will be covered in this 4-day course. The course will take place in Louise Macdonald's professional millinery studio with views overlooking St. Paul's Cathedral in the iconic Nicholas Building in central Melbourne.
Dates (4 days in 4 weeks):
Group 3: Thursday 3, 10, 17 and 24 June 2021, 10am to 4pm
SOLD OUT (join the waiting list)
Group 4: Thursday 1, 8, 15 and 22 July 2021, 10am to 4pm
Group size: 5 participants (in line with the Victoria Government social distancing requirements)
Cost: $693 AUD (GST inclusive)
(links to Hat Academy's website)
Contemporary Cockades Deluxe Course NEW!
Sinamay Brim Extensions Deluxe Course
Buntal Trims Deluxe Course
Saucer Buntal Hats Deluxe Course
Classic Buntal Brims Deluxe Course
Contemporary Sinamay Deluxe Course
These courses have already taken place and may run again soon.
Silk Abaca Turbans
Learn traditional millinery techniques while making a turban. You will block and reinforce a hat base, then shape and drape to make a delicate flowing turban from lustrous silk abaca.
Berets and Caps from Buntal Mats
Learn to make caps and berets from a buntal mat, using a flat pattern technique and sewing machine. These style hats are easy to wear and can be dressed up or down for everyday wear. On this 2-day course you will get the chance to create 2 hats.
Create a buntal boater without the use of blocks. When you first venture into the world of millinery, compiling a collection of 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 2-day workshop you will make this boater style hat and a bandeau support for the desired tilt and fit for this shallow crowned hat. Learning two very useful techniques, creating a structured hat without the use of blocks and creating the supporting bandeau underneath, which can be adapted to any hat you want to give a lift, tilt and fit on the head.
Suitable for intermediate to advanced millinery students.
The saucer hat suits any face shape and can be trimmed in a host of ways to reflect the wearers personal style. Learn how to manipulate the base buntal material to create this versatile shape. The only block required for this piece is a simple dome block. This workshop gives you a great set of skills and shape to add to your millinery repertoire.
Suitable for beginner to advanced millinery students.
Upcycle your Hat
Perhaps you have a contemporary or vintage piece you would like to freshen up? Bring it with you to this evening demonstration and milliner Louise Macdonald will show you how to bring new life to your old hat. Learn how you can clean, restore shape, repair and renovate giving your hat a new lease of life. This demonstration focuses on felt and straw hats.
Dior Brims from Buntal Mats
Create a structured "Dior" style brimmed hat from a buntal mat without the use of blocks. When you first venture into the world of millinery, compiling a collection of 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 1-day workshop you will learn techniques that enable you to create a hat with structured large down turned brim without blocks, giving you skills to create your own shapes.
Twist 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 come with a pre blocked base and make several trims including a double-sided sculpted trim. You will also be shown how to create a sinamay brim without blocks.
Sinamay Brim Extensions
A sinamay brim extension is a light and delicate way to extend or finish a brim. Learn this technique with Louise Macdonald to complete a parisisal straw hat with a brim. Suitable for intermediate or advanced millinery students.
Enquiries – Contact Louise Macdonald Milliner
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