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This is what some of Louise Macdonald's students said about her millinery courses:


"Louise's teaching techniques are easy to follow and inspiring. It's a delight to spend time in her workshops either in her studio or over Zoom. Highly recommend her workshops." –Catherine Ellen (September 2020)



Live streaming courses – view millinery courses available

"Thanks for such a lovely vibe to the class, Louise. I really enjoyed it. As I'm away from home and all my millinery supplies, I'm not too keen on ordering lots of things to do workshops. This one was great as I only needed a few items to participate." –Catherine (Ribbon Halo Millinery Course, October 2020)

"Easy-to-follow instructions with assistance from the well-placed overhead camera view of worktable. Fantastic as always. Great instruction of the steps. Great handouts/resources. Comfortable and welcoming environment over Zoom. Good encouragement of all students." –Kylie (Ribbon Halo Millinery Course, October 2020)


"Thank you, Louise, for a brilliant course. I learnt so much and continued to use the techniques by trying them in different size ribbons. Louise is such a patient tutor and explained the techniques so well." –Joanna (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)

"You [Louise Macdonald] are a wonderful teacher and getting the feedback is so helpful. I would have assumed I'd done something wrong when I struggled to get the arms to go all the way around the beret. Since it was a live course and I had your feedback, I continued to work at it and succeeded!" –Lisa (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)

"You [Louise Macdonald] always give clear instructions and are so positive. Great tutor." –Sue (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)

"Loved seeing each step. It was much easier to understand when broken down into small parts. Also enjoyed seeing the different results from the whole class. I can now see so many different possibities with this technique." –Jane (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)

"Louise is an excellent tutor! Very kind and generous with her teaching methods and all instructions and steps are explained/shown very clearly. I have always finished my projects I have done with Louise." –Christine (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I am obsessed with ribbons and anything 1920s so appreciated the course content." –Angelina (Ribbon Beret Millinery Course, October 2020)



"I really appreciated Louise's patience. She is really good at breaking things down and explaining them." –Kristina (Ribbon Origami Millinery Course, September 2020)

"In a couple of hours we picked up excellent skills to use in so many different and unique ways. I'm definitely booking in more classes." (Ribbon Origami Millinery Course, September 2020)

"Louise was incredible. I found the instructions were clear and easy to keep up with and understand. Great course and I highly recommend Louise as a tutor. I would love to see more advanced techniques." (Ribbon Origami Millinery Course, September 2020)

"Excellent course. The handouts are extremely helpful for what you didn't catch during the class." –Cassi (Ribbon Origami Millinery Course, September 2020)

"[Louise], you are an excellent, thoughtful teacher. You take care of all the prep work ahead of time." –Lisa (Ribbon Origami Millinery Course, September 2020)


"Loved your considerate and helpful manner; such a lovely person, who is extremely talented but not show offy" –Rebecca (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"Don't change the way you teach, [Louise]." –Kathleen (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"The course was excellent. I found the practical and considered demonstration and notes especially valuable. Really enjoyed the course." –Maree (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"The course structure was perfect. All the extra tips were appreciated." –Wagga (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"[Louise was] excellent and very generous with her knowledge." –Margaret (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"Very clear, patient instructions. Very welcoming and always friendly and encouraging. You have an amazing skillset and a wonderful willingness to share. Always a pleasure to attend your classes, Louise. Thank you" –Carol (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)

"I was very impressed with how well it went and the work we got done. I am very happy with the millinery I produced. It was just what I needed to get me motivated again." –Christine (Free-Form Brims and Strawberries Course, Riverina Millinery Association, August 2020)



Online courses – view millinery courses available


"The new course is outstanding. I've learnt way more than expected and your practical, vast knowledge is appreciated. I enjoyed making my brimmed beret so much, I was compelled to let you know how awesome I think you are! I'm a firm fan. Thank you x 1000" (Contemporary Sinamay Deluxe Course, October 2018)

"I bought it yesterday and have already gone through all of the tutorials! It was amazing and I learned so much!" (Contemporary Sinamay Deluxe Millinery Course, October 2018)

"Great techniques to try and Louise teaches in a really nice way." (Contemporary Sinamay Deluxe Millinery Course, October 2018)



Face-to-face courses (Melbourne) – view millinery courses available

"Really enjoyed the Summer course! I think the week block was a good amount of time for introductions into millinery. Both Louise and Lauren were very good at explaining and demonstrating millinery techniques. Wish I could do all the courses! It's very addictive." (January Summer School – Beginners, January 2020)

"Enjoyed the week and has started the year for me in a very creative way." (January Summer Millinery School – Beginners, January 2020)

"I have learnt so much in the last week; it was lightbulbs flashing consistently." (5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive – Beginners and Intermediate, January 2019)

"Louise's patience and unparalleled ability to keep all students progressing with their chosen hat style, which can't be easy with seven very different hats being created at the same time, made the very new learning curve almost seamless. Louise and Lynn are superb teachers." (5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive – Beginners, January 2019)

"I am so inspired and am planning to do more courses. Thank you for the inspiration and perfect tuition." (5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive – Beginners, January 2019)

"Absolutely everything in the course was valuable to a beginner. Both Louise and Lynn were excellent and were good at dividing their time between all participants." (5-Day Summer Millinery Intensive – Beginners, January 2019)

"I always enjoy Louise's style of teaching – she demonstrates, we do, she demonstrates, etc. Also, she allows for our different speeds of work and different abilities/experience. I very much appreciate how she explains things at my level and the fact we have such a small group; everyone gets individual attention, as well as group instruction." (Sinamay Brim Extensions, December 2018)

"I have met some wonderful, like minded-people in the classes – of my vintage! What is it about Louise's classes and the people they attract? I always leave very inspired." (Sinamay Brim Extensions, December 2018)

"The most valuable aspects of the course are the new techniques, individual and group learning (good size, so everyone got help to prompt them along). Lovely learning environment." (Sinamay Brim Extensions, December 2018)

"Louise provides good guidance, is friendly and patient and keeps everyone happy and moving along at their different stages." (Freeform Headpiece from Parisisal Straw, September 2018)

"Thank you for such an informative and enjoyable workshop. I felt I really learnt a lot and am thrilled with your 'bandeau hat' and what I brought home. You are a very inspirational teacher and I always come home feeling I must do more!" (Virginia, Twist and Shape Millinery Course, March 2018)

"I have learnt so much from Louise on manipulating sinamay, how to make fantastic trim, great little tricks to give your work a very polished and professional look. Plus a bonus on making a brim without a block. Great value. Thank you, Louise, for your patience and guidance." (Twist and Shape Millinery Course, Hats Off to Adelaide, July 2017)

"Louise is a wonderful teacher, patient and helpful, and willing to pass on her tricks of the trade." (Buntal Mat Millinery Course, Hats Off to Adelaide, July 2017)

"Great notes, very comprehensive and detailed. Very good demonstrations of techniques and processes. Very helpful, patient and delightful." (Twist and Shape Millinery Course, Hats Off to Adelaide, July 2017)

"Louise has the most beautiful way of teaching. She puts a lot of thought into her presentations, is organised and manages a class well." (Buntal Mat Millinery Course, Hats Off to Adelaide, July 2017)


Enquiries – For more information, please contact Louise Macdonald Milliner in Melbourne.


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