Studio Workshops 2017/18

Held at 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle




a quick overview of upcoming workshops

4 hats 4 days -Catherine Kelly  16,17,18,19 January 2018

Silk Flower Class – 20th January – 10.30-1.30pm.

Wednesdays in February – join us for advanced skills class- 4 sessions in February from 6-9 pm.

Embellish® Millinery High Tea – 13 January 2018(full)

Embellish®Millinery High Tea – 10 February 2018(2 spaces available)

Fascinating Sinamay -Catherine Kelly  17-18 February 2018

A weekend with Louise MacDonald –  signature techniques – Day 1. Freeform headpieces from parasisal straw

Day 2 Create Gravity Defying Sinamay Trims

24-25 February 2018

A weekend with Christine Waring – Braid and Crinoline Techniques 17th and 18th March 2018

A weekend with Catherine Ellen – Techniques with Abaca – 4th-and 5th May 2018

Introduction to Tambour and Couture Beading –  with Charlotte Appleby – 2-3 June 2018

Tambour and Couture Beading Advanced Course -with Charlotte Appleby – 9-10 June 2018

   Scroll further down for details of each workshop 

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Intensive workshop

An intensive where 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.

Techniques which will be covered will include those created for our Fractured Flower Collection, and Windowpane Sinamay.

Email for further details. #not suitable for beginners

COST $895 plus materials. Limited class size.


FEBRUARY WEDNESDAYS – Turbans, Tophats  and Tiaras.  

4 week advanced skills class – each week we will learn a new skill- including foundations for turbans and cocktail pieces, wire work for tiaras and mini toppers,  flower making, using a variety of materials including crinoline, straw braids, wire,silk,  and thermoplastics.Create 3-4 pieces. Cost $395 plus materials.



We have decided to create HOT SEAT opportunities for previous students of Embellish® Atelier  to  pop in with their millinery conundrums to finish off a project or to use a block to create a special piece.

10.30-3.30 p.m.

$60 per person plus materials plus  in house block hire.

#conditions apply #limited numbers only

#not available for learning new embellish techniques.



Flower Making Workshop


Session  1.French Tooled Silk Flower  
Create a silk flower using traditional brass flower tools – $95 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  – $95



Make a Headpiece


In this wonderful 4  hour session you will be introduced to  basic  traditional millinery stitching techniques and in the process  you  will create a small headpiece.

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.


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.


Dive into gatsby’s world of glitter and glam

At Embellish atelier  we have long been a devotee of the 1920’s and the release of Baz Luhrmanns wonderful, enthralling  adaptation of The Great Gatsby has simply sent us scrambling through our Hatboxes to recollect, recall, and redesign our inspirations and ideas to  teach  some wonderful skills that we have accumulated through our own millinery journey. Gatsby evenings, Gatsby inspired parties, balls , 21st’s  have already been a big feature this year- so  make your own with us in the studio or we can create a beautiful piece inspired by this wonderful era of fashion,design,music, and decadence. We will use  stiffened lace, and feathers to create a beautiful piece.

9am – 1pm
$95   including all materials.


Cocktail Shapes

It is all about creating the perfect foundation – using bias fabrics, draping, beading, stiffened lace, learning about modern esparterie and leno foundation you will learn and create a fabric covered headpiece using traditional foundation materials.

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

Make 2 pieces.


Create 1-2  gorgeous sculptured felt headpieces – , 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.

4th and 5th March


this is one for the boho and music festival  fans

Now you are addicted to creating flowers – learn some wonderful techniques to create flower crowns and headbands using flowers, feathers, jewels, and grosgrain in this inspiring and creative workshop.
$165  includes all materials.

1/2 Day Class  2-5.30 p.m.


Top Hats, Tiaras, and Headbands.  

A whimsical and fun day 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.

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.




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 $265 plus materials.
10 a.m -4.30 p.m




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.

3 day workshop $495 – includes felt or straw.
Materials included 4 day workshop $695- includes a felt and straw hat.



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.



Hats for your lamps

Another traditional skill- over 2 days learn a host of skills to create beautiful fabric covered lampshades.

We make 3-4 lampshades

$495 includes materials


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.

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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.

Maximum 6 students per class. 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 .