Studio Workshops 2020

Held at Embellish® Atelier,  128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle. 




a quick overview of our upcoming 2020 workshops


Due to COVID-19 our Millinery face to face workshops have been postponed or cancelled until further notice including the classes run through the Sydney Community College. 

I am running a series of Online 

Monday Night Live from the Atelier 

Tutorial Sessions .


For An overview and bookings 

Embellish Atelier Online 











Millinery High Tea – 9th May 2020, 22nd August 2020, 12th September 2020

 Bows, Beads, and Braids for brilliant trims – Embellish Atelier – 23rd – 24th May 2020.

Luxurious Leather – Embellish Atelier – 11th and 12th July

Silk Flowers – 30th May, 18th July, 26th September 


We are excited to announce some of our 2020 visiting “Designers-in-Residence”!

Rebecca Share – Blocked Headbands and Pearl Headpiece workshop – 13th – 14th March 2020

SilkyFlora – Somebana Silk Flower Workshops – 28th, 29th and 30th March 2020

                                                Louise Macdonald – Buntal Caps and Bird Tail Trims – 25th – 26th July 2020                                                                                          

 .    Scroll down for full course descriptions for each workshop 

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This link will direct you to our supply store –  Hatters Millinery Supplies. 

or email Catherine  for further information. 

Click here to download a Registration Form

We are also running our regular classes at Sydney Community College (link below) 





Intensive workshop 

In this intensive workshop you can choose from a number of techniques and Catherine will be here to help you create up to 4 fabulous hats and headpieces. With Catherine’s flexible approach, wealth of knowledge, and range of available blocks and materials, be prepared for an unforgettable learning experience.

You will have the opportunity to create:

  • Felt hat or headpiece
  • Straw hat or headpiece
  • Free-form sculptured piece using straw or felt
  • Cocktail headpiece or bandeau

Email for further details. #not suitable for beginners.

COST $895 plus materials. Limited class size.

9.30am-5.30pm each day

Next class: 2oth-23rd January 2020

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Flower Making Workshop


Session  1.French Tooled Silk Flower  
Create a silk flower using traditional brass flower tools – $120 includes materials.

Session 2. A bunch of flowers.
Explore a number of different flower making techniques used in millinery. Using silk, organdie,  organza, polyesters, and leather in this wonderful workshop inspired by millinery from the 1940’s and 1950’s. It is a  boot camp of trim ideas  – $120



Make a Headpiece or fascinator. 


In this wonderful 4  hour session you will be introduced to  basic   introductory sinamay  and traditional stitching techniques During the process  you  will create your own small headpiece or fascinator .

All materials supplied.

High Tea consisting of  a variety of sweet and savoury treats from local delicatessens are served on our pretty vintage  teaset collection. This workshop is very popular with corporate groups, hens’ parties, and school groups

$95  per person.

11 am – 3pm. 

Organise  your own group of 6 or more –

For a Hens High Tea, Corporate or school or group bookings please liaise with Catherine for available times.

Sinamay Secrets / Sculptural Sinamay. 

Make your own button beret 


Using one of our gorgeous pillbox or mini cocktail shapes in this class use sinamay to create a whimsical sculptural fascinator,   headpiece  or button beret and learn a variety of delightful sinamay trim ideas. $195 includes materials.Suitable for beginners. Demonstration of veiling, crinoline, and feathers to add to your headpiece also.



Cocktail Shapes

It is all about creating the perfect foundation – for a perfect wedding accessory or glamorous evening hair piece.You will learn about the importance of using bias fabrics,  and cover techniques of draping, beading, and  stiffened lace. You will learning about modern esparterie and leno foundation materials.  learn and create a fabric covered headpiece using these  traditional foundation materials.Make a bridal fascinator, bridal hair piece as a bridal or wedding accessory.

Learn some lovely fabric manipulation techniques to create unique and adorable pieces.
$325 includes materials.

Make 2 pieces.

Working With Felt   2 Day Workshop 

Create 1-2  gorgeous  felt headpieces . We will teach you to block and to manipulate felt in order to create a  mini beret, or cloche hat, or headband  in this amazing class. Become familiar with the terrific sculptural  properties  of felt and discover amazing ways to create a dramatic  and unique statement headpieces in time for Autumn Racing.

$345 plus materials.


Millinery Essentials – make a fascinator 

Available at Sydney Community College – see Millinery Essentials. Make a fascinator.  

Turbans, Top Hats, Tiaras, and Headbands.  

A whimsical and fun course 

 creating either a wire mini tophat or a tiara or bridal twist . This is a traditional technique with a contemporary twist. You will also learn to make a headband from millinery wire. We will demonstrate and   introduce to the  use of all the foundation materials  in this class- Leno, Paper Sparterie, Buckram,

Once you have learned this skill you will also learn how to cover the wire with various millinery materials- such as sinamay, tulle, and starlight braids for different effects.

This class will be conducted through the Sydney Community College as Millinery Essentials 1.  




We have  been using all types of leathers  in our hats and headpieces for over 10 years and won a coveted skills award at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2009 for a gorgeous piece. Since we have won a number of fashions on the fields awards.  Each new creation is eagerly snapped up by discerning clients. Join this class to discover the skills and techniques we have developed to create a beautiful leather headpiece and a leather flower, and leaf  or cut leather trim. We use a variety of soft napa leather, as well as fish leathers and skins.

Cost $425 includes  materials.
10 a.m -4.30 p.m


Learn Millinery – Make a Hat 

IMG_5325 Choose to create either a  felt or parasisal straw hat (or one of each) using time honoured traditional millinery skills. You can also opt to make both a felt and straw in this class and add an extra day. Make a CLOCHE, TRILBY, PICTURE HAT, or FEDORA. This class is jam packed with  skills-  includes trim ideas using traditional millinery materials  including grosgrain, feathers, and crinoline. We also cover how to choose a hat to suit your face shape and  body type. Learn skills to co-ordinate your outfits according to the elements and principles of design in relation to millinery.



A gorgeous advanced millinery skill involving piecing together contrasting colours of felt to create beautiful designs.

Also learn a traditional techniques for piecing together parasisal straws.

A  2 day workshop of intensive skills.




One of our favourite, signature techniques which creates a beautiful, ethereal brim using window pane or crosshatch sinamay.

A full day workshop includes materials – $325.

Make a complete hat.


Embellish Atelier offers millinery workshops for groups or individuals.

Embellish atelier offers workshops for you to explore your creative side to make a hat, silk flower, wire headband. We do packages for workshops,demonstrations, and design talks at your  corporation, workplace, workplace or school (esp for Design and Technology Classes), High Teas for Bridal Groups( Hens or Kitchen Teas) and are very happy to co-ordinate with your specific timetable, and requirements.We can assist your HSC  design student to learn millinery skills for portfolios and garments.

Click here to download a Registration Form

Create your own millinery masterpiece in the studio with award winning millinery team from Embellish atelier

Catherine’s skills as a teacher will guide you towards making your own headpiece for any occasion using the finest materials sourced from Australia and Europe ensuring you are properly turned out for your event. Workshops are designed to enable you to build your millinery skills.

If our times are not suitable for you please contact us – we are known to be accommodating and flexible.We can also arrange classes during the week if required .

All classes above are conducted in our intimate, eclectic, inspiring studio space where you will also witness the practise of the studio.

 Light refreshments are provided. During the lunch break we recommend you try some of our renowned, local cafes, and pubs.

Need accommodation? Contact us for a list of local accommodation possibilities.

You can also find Catherine at Sydney Community College where she teaches an 8 week Introduction to Millinery course, Sewing Essentials, and  Making Soft Furnishings classes. These classes are very popular and there is often a waiting list so book early to avoid disappointment .