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.