Friday, March 9
10.30 am to 1.30pm (3 hour class)

Begin your journey in millinery and join Award winning Milliner Catherine Kelly, the founder of the prestigious Embellish Atelier and create your own bespoke sinamay fascinator.


You will be introduced to a number of traditional millinery techniques and to the elements and principles of design with regard to millinery, including:

  •  Materials for millinery
  •  Sinamay techniques including rolling, leaves, flowers, bias trim ideas
  •  Catherine will demonstrate crinoline/veiling techniques for students to learn
  •  How to stitch materials together


Workshop includes:

  •  Sinamay
  •  Headband
  •  Needles/thread
  •  Veiling or crinoline
  •  Elastic

You will be provided with a hat box to take your project home.


Class cost: $98

Skill level: All skill levels welcome, with basic sewing skills an advantage.

Safety note: Please wear closed shoes.


PLEASE NOTE: Studio class is available for visitors to the show. Class fee does not include the entry ticket which must be purchased separately.



Catherine is a Sydney Milliner and millinery teacher who is passionate about sewing, design, millinery, fashion and textiles and has received a number of notable awards for her creations.  

She learned to sew from her mother and grandmother at a very early age of whom were both experienced dressmakers and pattern-makers.  Handsewing, embroidery and pattern-making are part of her DNA and she continues to study, learn, read and experiment at every opportunity.
Catherine is also an experienced and passionate teacher and studied to become a High School Textiles and Design teacher.  She has taught in the UK, Queensland and Sydney from primary to high school and adult education.  Catherine has been a teacher at Sydney Community College for almost 30 years and has organised all associated events from Millinery High Tea to fashion parades and pop-up stores.  Teaching is an integral part of her skill base and she enjoys the interaction with students and passing on the skills of a rare trade.  Catherine has also attended and taught millinery courses nationally and internationally.
As Vice President of the Millinery Association of Australia she and her team have been focused on establishing a national association, and the required due diligence around model rules, and establishing a national design competition.
Catherine has established Embellish Atelier, pop-up exhibitions and has worked in film, theatre and committee memberships of art and craft shows!  Sign up to her class and see her fabulous hats on display at the show!