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Galina teaches you how to design cost-effective creative millinery flowers.
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THE SPINDLE: HAT BLOCKS AUSTRALIA

"My visit to “Hat Blocks Australia" by Ruth Connor.

Recently my husband and I planned a trip to Adelaide in South Australia, and I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to drop in on Darryll and Renee, the warm and amazing couple who make up Hat Blocks Australia.

We found Hat Blocks Australia in a sparsely populated area just outside Adelaide and…

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NEW TUTOR: GALINA KOFOD

Welcome Guest Tutor Galina Kofod to Hat Academy! She has developed her own style and technique using a type of thermoplastic, Eva Foam in flower-making for millinery. Eva Foam is reasonably inexpensive, easily available and produces beautiful light and durable flowers.…

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Interview: Corina Haywood

For Corina Haywood, millinery is not about following patterns and sticking to strict rules. It is about letting the materials guide you, sculpting them and creating free-form shapes that best utilise their unique qualities and making it a natural and organic process. Corina has been creating her own beautiful millinery since 2001 and her pieces can be found in stores from Japan to New…

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EASTER SPECIAL - SWISS STRAW COURSE

Happy Easter from Hat Academy. For all our members, we have something special this Easter... the Swiss Straw Course at half price for 5 days only! If you have never created hats using braid straw you will soon master the rhythm of weaving under the guidance of tutor, Elaine Mergard. Discover how to make a classic boater, cocktail hat, vintage pillbox or sculptured hatinator with swiss…

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MILLINER: TARA M DESIGNS

From her small studio in Toronto, milliner Tara designs a multitude of different style hats for all occasions. Incorporating ready made and bespoke designs into her milliner offering she is able to show the world her diverse range of skills and creative designs. After moving to Toronto to study Design and Textiles, Tara found herself busier and busier making clothing and accessories,…
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NEW EVA FOAM FLOWERS COURSE

Explore creativity with this latest flower making component - lightweight, sturdy Eva Foam. Mould to suit your own style and apply a custom colour palette to co-ordinate with your client requirements. Master all these moulding and colouring techniques under the careful instruction of flower artisan, Galina Kofod. …

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Dianne Barbour Interview

Community, friendships and creative freedom is what Dianne Barbour has gained from taking up millinery in her spare time. Dianne has taken opportunities to learn millinery through her local Community College, Millinery Conferences and online with HatAcademy. It has not taken long for Dianne to build up a strong client base, with many taking out Fashion on the Field prizes. An example of Dianne's fabulous work is featured above, a bold black…

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MILLINER: CHARMAINE MITCHELL

For millinery newcomer, Charmaine Mitchell, the interest of a hat is all in the details and the featured image here shows just that. Not only does this piece feature an abundance of delicately layered goose nagoire feathers in a circular swirl pattern, they are also laid on a beautifully woven sinamay brim. This level of detail is what makes the art of millinery so special, creating truly unique pieces that stand out against a crowd. This…

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HAT HINT - STUDIO TIDY TIP

When you look at your studio at the end of the day one way to justify the shambles is to remember, “Where there is mess there is progress!” The reality is the mess can get underfoot and it is frustrating to find time to clean up when so busy. This tip from tutor Carole Maher is worth noting especially for …

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Sally Harper-Kenn Interview

If there is one thing that one can observe from looking over UK milliner, Sally Harper-Kenn hats, it is that: the bigger and bolder the better! Sally relishes in the delight that free form millinery can provide to both herself and her customers, allowing their hats to become an extension of themselves whilst making a bold statement. Sally has found her passion in making hats for racegoers and has enjoyed the success of her customers in many…

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NEW REBECCA SHARE HAT BLOCK

The Swirl hat block has just been released and is available to purchase in the 'Rebecca Share' series from Hat Blocks Australia. This versatile block is perfect for percher hat brims, dramatic …

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MILLINER: ANNETTE HIGGINS

Her father was a shoe designer and her mother, a women's clothing designer so it would be hard to imagine that milliner Annette Higgins wouldn't take the same path and follow in their creative footprint, and we are so glad she did! Annette found her passion like many milliners, when she couldn't find something to wear that was just right. She took matters into her own hands and as you can see she hasn't looked back since! Her pieces now adorn…
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New "My Lessons" Feature

You can now find a list of your purchased lessons in numerical order to access video lessons directly. Simply click “My Lessons” in the profile box located at the top right of the site or via profile page on mobile, then select your desired lesson to preview.
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Ilana Meilak Interview

For milliner Ilana Meilak, her ever enduring love affair with hats started from a very young age. Ilana's father was in the business of antiques and for Ilana, growing up around vintage clothing and accessories was always fascinating, however, it was hats that really captivated her young mind. She was so intrigued by the mystery behind them, pondering who the owner might have been and…

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Signature Feather Flowers Supplies

House Of Adorn has compiled a kit that contains all the specialised materials you will need to use whilst learning from the Signature Feather Flower Course. Including hand selected Goose Nagoire feathers and quality components, House Of Adorn are offering this…

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Milliner: Melissa Eliott

For outback milliner Melisa Elliott, it seems that isolation and distance are no obstacles for her passion for fashion and creativity. Melissa had always been creative, working on machine embroidery and fabric painting, selling her designs and winning prestigious design awards. After relocating to Winton, a remote outback town in northern Australia, Mellisa found herself purchasing a local boutique, a way to support her family and pursue her…

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Millinery Design Award: Ian Bennett Interview

UK Milliner Ian Bennett was applauded by milliners, racegoers and the judges as his headpiece “Fireworks" took out the Millinery Award on Oaks Day, during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington, Melbourne, Australia.

Congratulations on your sensational multicoloured headpiece, ‘Fireworks’ which took out the Millinery Design Award…

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Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to share a little love. A special Valentines gift from Hat Academy tutor and UK Milliner, Ian Bennett will be shipped to you with a purchase of his Bespoke Feathers Course this week. Ian has…

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MEET YOUR NEW TUTOR!

Carole Maher is a well established and award winning millinery designer with her own purpose built millinery cottage and atelier in Sydney, Australia. She is currently an international millinery tutor and lecturer who is passionate about innovation and development in millinery. 

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