I got to attend a 6 week local millinery course and the experience was great.

Hats designed by Catherine Kelley Embellish Atelier

Buying bike helmets proved I have a big noggin (head). 

Gerrie’s hat is made specifically for an outfit she loves.

Commercially made hats are made 22″ standard circumference. My noggin is 24″.

These are my WIP pieces in my noggin size.

Sydney Community College offered a decent discount for the millinery course I just completed.

Sue’s an unassuming millinery master.

I didn’t realise the discount was because the 8 week course was only available for 6 weeks.

Fascinator wip using sinamay – to be completed. 

There were lots of techniques we learned from Catherine Kelly. Her encouragement and knowledge pushed us and it paid off.

Fedora wip after sewing on petersham tape to the brim and inside the crown.

Hey. I made the most of the 6 lessons we had.

Almost finished with a classic side bow

Marjorie’s hatmaking posts on instagram got my millinery interest and recently Anne Whalley suggested I should make a hat to add ‘drama’ to my style so it was inevitable that one day I would learn to make hats from one of the best. 

Complete with feathers and self-made flowers

PS, I’m not at all into drama.

This stage was exciting – both crown and brim fit my noggin! No drama:)

Catherine Kelly of Embellish Atelier was our tutor and we got the opportunity to work in Catherine’s own studio for a couple of classes.

These are a selection of hat crowns and brims Catherine uses.

Catherine offers her own workshops so I may sneak into one of her classes next year for an urban Autumn hat.

The black felt will be my future urban Autumn hat.

Catherine’s work is amazing, inspiring and her hats win lots of prizes at the races.  

Just some of Catherine’s designs.

It would be fabulous to work in her studio again and get inspired all over again. Her studio is so stylish.

This has been a great year for learning new skills.

Once I finish the fascinator/s, I’ll show you how they turn out. More importantly, I have a hat that fits my noggin.

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