Tag Archives: australia

Everything Buntal!

Sculpted Buntal Straw Hats! (suitable for beginners) You’ll be amazed what you can achieve with some creative free shaping with these versatile buntal straws! Learn how to achieve a professional finish, and attach securely to your head. Instant hat for the races 😉 Class available 12noon-4pm Saturday 14 July 2018. Cost $120 per student (or $270 for both days). Blocking […]

Everything Leather!

Blocking and Sculpting Leather (suitable for beginners) Learn all the basics of how to block leather over a hatblock with a suitable foundation and lining and get a flawless finish. We will also create a sculpted piece, free shaping the leather into beautiful folds and pleats over a base. Class available 10am-4pm Saturday 23 June 2018. Cost $180 per […]


The springy and pliable fibres of straw buntal mats means they are quickly and easily blocked! Create a fashionable boater or other blocked hat of your choice and learn valuable techniques to finish your piece neatly and professionally!  

Working with Fabric

Explore old school couture techniques for covering a blocked base with glorious silks, satins, wools or cottons. Bring a challenging shape! We will work with pattern, add piping and all sorts of other tricks 😉 Don’t neglect the abundance of lovely dressmaking fabrics available… perfect for a timeless and trans-seasonal look. Explore the art of fabric […]

Buckram Bonnet Making

Lynne Cook, Milliner from Adelaide, Australia is running a 1-day buckram bonnet making workshop at Jane Austen Festival Australia. Information at http://www.janeaustenfestival.com.au or by contacting Aylwen Gardiner-Garden (Director) on registration@janeaustenfestival.com.au

CrystoForm Flowers and Trims with Lindsay Whitehead

Have you been admiring all those beautiful transparent and hand coloured plastic flowers and trims popping up in Melbourne last season? Missed the Ian Bennett classes? Lindsay has worked extensively with Ian on Crystoform trims and is licensed to teach this class. You won’t want to miss this on trend technique and amazing new millinery […]


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with one of Melbourne’s hottest young milliners! Nobody does flowers quite like Stephanie 😉   Stephanie Spencer is known for her modern and innovative approach to flower making and is headed to Sydney in February, to teach the techniques behind her signature block colour leather Orchids and and the […]

Leather Flowers with Stephanie Spencer

Stephanie has made a name for herself with her beautiful and unique leather flowers, employing techniques such as gilding and lacquering, creating beautiful roses, orchids, freesias and hydrangeas… meet this dynamic young Melbourne milliner and share her secrets!

Summery Straws & Beginners!

4 days of summer straw fun including 2 *EVENING* classes… DIY Summer Straw hat, Strawcloth Turban Wrap, Sculpted Buntal Straws, or learn all the millinery basics with versatile sinamay strawcloth in our ever popular *BEGINNERS* Introduction to Sinamay class…

Block a hat, wire a bonnet &/or knit a beret!

Learn to block a hat, wire & cover a bonnet and knit a beret. In this historical millinery summer school intensive Aylwen will introduce you to blocked, patterned and knitted hats and bonnets. Most students should produce two hats during the course, depending on the chosen design and materials. Please leave time to do homework in the evenings. […]