Millinery Workshop - Winter Felt Hat

Millinery Workshop - Winter Felt Hat

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This workshop takes participants from the hat body to a complete hat. Over the 2 days  you will learn how to block and finish a fur felt hat using traditional and modern millinery techniques.  You will use wooden blocks to shape a crown and brim of a hat, you will learn how to use a stiffening agent, and wire, to maintain the hats shape for a lifetime of wear, you will learn how to measure your head and size your hat for a perfect fit, you will learn how to trim your hat in a traditional manner, and, if time permits, how to make a lining for your hat.  At the end of this class you will have made a beautiful fur felt hat completed to industry standards.

Along the way you will also learn about the different materials, and equipment the professional milliners use, and where to purchase them from, millinery terminology, the parts of a hat, how to make a perfectly fitting hat and some hints on how to make your existing hats fit too, as well as many tips and ideas on different trims. You will learn all about hat styles, along with a little bit of hat history.

This class is a lot of fun and will take you away from your everyday as you explore the world of felt hats. 

Student numbers-minimum 4persons, maximum 15persons.

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What you will learn
  • How to block and finish a fur felt hat using traditional wooden millinery hat blocks
  • Traditional and modern millinery techniques
  • Hat trims to finish a hat to industry standards
What you will get
  • One completed Fur Felt hat
  • Knowledge of Millinery terms and techniques
  • Two tutors for the price of one.

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear


Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!


D&M Milliners

Vendor since 2018

D&M Milliners, Di Kilduff and Marilynne Bateman-Lalor, work together to showcase their Millinery at events and functions, and organise, host, and run millinery workshops in country Victoria.  They are now bringing their unique workshop format to Melbourne and look forward to welcoming many new students to the wonderful world of handmade millinery.

Diane has been a milliner for over 10 years, she makes hats and headpieces year round for private clients, brides, mother of the bride/groom, and creates fashion Millinery for small boutiques, pop up shops, and private clients each year for the Spring Racing Carnival.  Diane has taught millinery for the past 7  years privately, and at the Melbourne School of Fashion in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Since 2010 she has been invited to participate in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, invitation only, Oaks Day Millinery award competition, ranking top 10 in 2015.  Diane's millinery is modern and contemporary, with attention to detail and simple elegant lines to flatter the wearer.  She enjoys working with clients to create headwear to suit their outfit and personality, and, that is comfortable and lightweight to wear.  

Marilynne always loved the feel of beautiful materials and the complexity of 3D shapes . These two combined are the definition of Millinery. Six years ago, after a long and successful career in education , she attended her first workshop and made her first hat from lace wired into 3D shapes . Marilynne found the process and production so intriguing and became passionate about learning as much as she could about techniques, materials, styles and construction methods from expert milliners. After completing her Millinery Certificate at the Melbourne Fashion Institute, 2 years as an assistant to a couture milliner and 2 1/2 years working in a boutique hat shop she has set up my own business, operates a Millinery Pop-Up Shop leading into Racing season and teaches workshops , with another creative milliner, to share our passion for Millinery with others.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, we are forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We do everything in our power to avoid this, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where we must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more, when possible, prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Terms & Conditions

For information about this event, please contact the "Event Organiser".

Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  1. A full refund will be issued (less $10 administration fee) if you cancel 7 days or more prior to the start date of your course.
  2. Cancellations or changes made less than 7 days prior to class commencement will forfeit 50% of the class fee.
  3. cancellations or changes made less than 24hrs prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.
  4. Any persons who are noisy, drunk, threatening or unruly will be asked to leave the premises.
  5. The event organiser has all rights to film, photo and video production of this event.
  6. Any data collected for marketing purposes from this event will be strictly in accordance with the Privacy of Information Act

Transfers of your course or workshop booking to a friend or family are fine.

As the Event Organisers hosting this event, Diane and Marilynne, are jointly responsible for all issues relating to the sale of tickets. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Diane on hatiness@hotmail.com or 0409355624 or Marilynne on mariln1954@icloud.com or 0408213031.

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