Through millinery I enjoy a creative freedom unrivaled by any other craft I've experimented with. I love the mix of traditional skills and contemporary materials, and the emphasis on quality construction rather than 'fast fashion'. My personal preference is for more tailored pieces - a 'less is more' approach.
I have always had a passion to create, and if I wasn't a milliner or jewellery designer I would probably be a seamstress. My family joke they can't tell whether I'm working or 'playing', as more often than not it's the same thing - sat at my workbench sewing, hammering silver or sketching some new design.
I began my millinery journey after being gifted a days hat-making experience. I had already opened Lillibets as a jewellery business but was enchanted by all the blocks, the rolls of fabric and the boxes of trims. I immediately went home and bought a block, and have never looked back.
Lillibets Millinery is now an established millinery and jewellery design studio run from my home in Yorkshire, UK. My designs have been seen at Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, the Derby and featured in TATLER, BRIDES, Liz Earle's Wellbeing magazine and various regional publications.
Welcome to Hat Academy Isobel. We hope you find the community inspiring, millinery is a wonderful creative art and in huge demand currently. We are committed to helping you add to your skills and any questions please message me.
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Enjoy, Elaine. Ps Hope you kept High & Dry throughout those terrible floods
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