November 21st, 2017 by

Traditional Millinery Days – What is St Catherine’s Day all about?

Throughout the calendar year, there are a series of annual events that have been touted as traditional historic millinery days. St Catherine’s Day is one such event that has retained its popularity over the course of many generations.

Dating as far back as the 10th century, St Catherine’s Day, held on November 27th annually, was instituted by the Catholic Church as the official memorial date of the death of St Catherine by Roman Emperor Maximinus II in 305 AD.

Catherine of Alexandria, an intelligent woman of noble birth, was one of 14 individuals tasked by the church to convert Maximinus II to Christianity, and correct him of his worship of false gods and his persecution of Christians.

Unsuccessful, the emperor instead proposed to marry Catherine. When she refused, claiming that she was already married to Jesus, Maximinus II ordered Catherine to be put to her death.

A first century martyr and regarded as patron saint of milliners, St Catherine continues to be recognised throughout the world of millinery today. Since the 10th century, a variety of customs have arisen, but none more prominent than the St Catherine’s millinery tradition.

As part of this custom, young unmarried women aged 25 or more who were known as ‘Catherinettes’ would celebrate St. Catherine’s Day by attending a traditional St. Catherine’s Day ball to find a suitable spouse.

The Cathrinettes would wear extraordinary hats in a variety of shapes, designs and colours, and it’s a tradition that is believed to have been monumental in the evolution of millinery as we know it today.

June 25th, 2017 by

MAA Millinery Award

 This is the headpiece I created for the award for which the brief was “evening”.
Handmoulded and stitched using silk velvet, manipulated silk , and lots of beading.
The People’s Choice for the MAA Design Award is now open.
Voting closes on July 7th. The winners will be announced on the evening on July 9th at the Welcome Cocktail Party – Hats Off to Adelaide.
There will be a Facebook Live broadcast of this announcement on the The Millinery Association of Australia‘s public Facebook page.
 

June 24th, 2017 by

Hatters Millinery Supplies

I am very honoured to be the new owner of Hatters Millinery Supplies– the number one  Sydney supplier of Millinery Materials. The business has been a family owned business in various guises in the industry here in Sydney for over 90 years and am very proud and honoured to have this unique opportunity. Many thanks to Jenny and Emily for helping me with the transition.

So its been a super busy couple of weeks – and suddenly it’s a reality – the shelving was installed and they are now brimming with all manner of beautiful materials, hoods, capelines, straw braids, etc. Our workshops are busy too, and of course we are still creating gorgeous, original hats for all occasions.

April 4th, 2017 by

Ruth Tate Collections

Ruth Tate is back with her gorgeous new Autumn Collection. Pop in to the store to see and try  on. a sumptuous mixture of leather, laces, and tweed to tempt and sooth. Mix and match with last years purchases to assemble a wonderful collection.

February 22nd, 2017 by

Traffic Light Sale

Hey —  stop at the traffic lights on the intersection of Victoria Rd and Darling St – Yes, thats where we are- in the Historic York Building built in 1910…. IMG_1163

Step in to Embellish Atelier for our Traffic Light Sale –

RED 70% off

ORANGE  50% off

GREEN 30% off

February 20th, 2017 by

Sherry Bridal Couture

We are so excited to be welcoming the gorgeous, super talented  Couture Bridal Designer Sherry back to the neighbourhood. Come along to opening night drinks on 24th February from 5 pm at 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle. embellish-7707

December 23rd, 2016 by

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas Season and A wonderful year in 2017. We thank for all your support and we have loved being able to make gorgeous hats for you.

Catherine and the Embellish Team.

December 14th, 2016 by

The English Tailoress- now on 25th/26th February.

couture-beading-sydney-postercouture-beading-sydney-posterCouture Beading & Embellishment Workshop 25th/26th February 2017
This is a unique opportunity to learn couture beading with Couture dress designer Charlotte Appleby (The English Tailoress) in Australia!
This course gives an in depth approach to tambour beading and couture embellishment applied to haute couture and high fashion for beginners. The 2 day workshop will cover the tambour beading technique using silk organza, seed beads and bugle beads to cover the basic chain stitch and vermicelli design. The 2nd day will cover couture embellishments including ribbonwork, all techniques learnt will be applied to a design.
A full course description of the course and further info about the British designer can be seen at www.facebook.com/theenglishtailoress

$440 All materials are included in price
Tambour hook, handle & frame can be hired for $60 or purchased for at the end of the weekend
Venue: Embellish Atelier, 128 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
To book a place contact: info@embellish-hats.com or call 0416182486
Limited spaces available

December 12th, 2016 by

The English Tailoress is coming to town…

Couture Beading & Embellishment Workshop 11-12th February 2017
This is a unique opportunity to learn couture beading with Couture dress designer Charlotte Appleby (The English Tailoress) in Australia!
This course gives an in depth approach to tambour beading and couture embellishment applied to haute couture and high fashion for beginners. The 2 day workshop will cover the tambour beading technique using silk organza, seed beads and bugle beads to cover the basic chain stitch and vermicelli design. The 2nd day will cover couture embellishments including ribbonwork, all techniques learnt will be applied to a design.
A full course description of the course and further info about the British designer can be seen at www.facebook.com/theenglishtailoress

$440 All materials are included in price
Tambour hook, handle & frame can be hired for $60 or purchased for at the end of the weekend
Venue: Embellish Atelier, 128 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
To book a place contact: info@embellish-hats.com or call 0416182486
Limited spaces available
www.theenglishtailoress.co.uk

December 7th, 2016 by

Nicky Lowe – Rock Bead Studio

Nicky Lowe presents her range of semi-precious jewellery – now available at Embellish® Atelier. “We are sensitive and intuitive creatures as human beings and are each drawn to beauty that resonates with us. For me, it is with rocks from the earth and how they have been used as jewellery adornment for centuries. Mesmerisingly beautiful, a natural Turquoise bracelet from Mexico was the childhood gift that shaped my life. Since the day I carefully altered that piece of jewellery to fit my tiny wrist, I have had a love and appreciation of gemstones and found great joy and pleasure in creating my own style of jewellery from them.
Following on from my chosen adult career in caring for others, I can now say that I am at peace in my studio, handcrafting necklaces, bracelets and earrings from quality materials…..gifts from the earth….and a few man made crystals to brighten your day!”

With love and peace,

Nicky Lowe
Rock Bead Studio