Fascinated by Millinery?

In 2020 Catherine Kelly celebrated 30 years of teaching at Sydney Community College. Having learnt to sew as a young child with her mother and dressmaker grandmother, she trained and taught as a Home Economics and Textile and Design Teacher. In 2007, launching her successful millinery brand Embellish® Atelier, Catherine added millinery to her education repertoire.

Catherine's passion for teaching the traditional skills of millinery has seen her teach in locations across the country - from Central Queensland to Melbourne. She has taught Textile and Design classes in high schools and tutored HSC students and community groups, as well as offering a range of beginner and advanced Millinery and Flower making classes in her Sydney-based studio. Catherine has been a guest teacher for the Lina Stein School of Millinery in Ireland and at the Hats off to Brisbane Millinery Conventions.

In 2020, with many of her classes being taught via live-streaming, Catherine was inspired to develop this series of skills-based millinery techniques. Catherine's goal is to inspire your creativity and give you confidence to use, experiment, and develop your unique style using the exquisite materials available from Hatters Millinery Supplies

  • Free

A Tutor Introduction - Catherine Kelly

    Get a glimpse of Catherine at work in her studio, hear her story and learn what inspires her millinery journey

    • $95 AUD

    Block A Felt Hat All-In-One Method

      In this course, Catherine teaches an all-in-one method for creating a bespoke felt hat. 

      • $45 AUD

      Block A Sinamay Base

        Learn how to block your own creative sinamay bases - a staple couture millinery technique.

        • $95 AUD

        Block a Felt Hat in Two Parts - Separate Crown and Brim

          Master the art of blocking fashionable felt hats in two pieces in this extensive workshop.

          • Free

          Braidy Ideas e-Book

            Some great ideas for that creative person using lots of interesting braids.

            • $10 AUD

            Create Felt Trims

              Create beautiful sculptural trims from felt remnants to embellish your hats and headpieces

              • $45 AUD

              Create a Fascinator - Sinamay Basics

                Learn how to create a fascinator, a one-of-a-kind expression of your unique creativity

                • $5 AUD

                Create a Hand Moulded Crown

                  In this short how-to video, Catherine talks you through the fundamentals of hand moulding a felt crown.

                  • $5 AUD

                  Keep Your Hat On! 10 Hacks.

                    Don't Let a Puff of Wind ruin a special day.. Catherine Kelly of Hatters Millinery Supplies details 10 suitable ways to keep your hat on.

                    • $125 AUD

                    Make A Hat with a Bias Sinamay Brim

                      In this course, Catherine will teach you to make a sinamay brim, a beautiful couture millinery technique. 

                      • $125 AUD

                      Make a Flat Pack Travel Hat

                        Learn the secrets to success in creating Catherine's signature 'flat pack travel hat'. Perfect for your next adventure!

                        • $125 AUD

                        Make a Velvet Swirl

                          Learn to create Catherine's signature technique of the velvet swirl, which has won her a standard of excellence at the Royal Easter Show.

                          • Free

                          Play With Veiling E-Book

                            8 Creative Ways With Veiling!

                            • Free

                            Wire - Different Gauges for Different Stages.

                              Millinery Wire - We cover all the different gauges and the uses for the wire we sell at Hatters Millinery Supplies. We created this useful guide to help you make the right selection.

                              OUR SUPPLY BUSINESS

                              In 2017, Catherine purchased Hatters Millinery Supplies - Australia’s oldest millinery supply business. Hatters Millinery Supplies is co-located in partnership with Embellish® Atelier, a French inspired shop in beautiful historic Rozelle, just a few minutes from Sydney CBD. 

                              Hatters Millinery Supplies specialises in a wide range of quality millinery materials, including the finest felts, woven straws, millinery hoods and capelines, sinamay, petersham, decorative ribbons, veiling, flowers, blocking fabrics, feathers and thermoplastic materials.

                              EMBELLISH® ATELIER

                              Since 2007, Catherine has been designing and creating hats and headpieces for all occasions through her Award Winning Couture Millinery Business Embellish® Atelier. Glamorous, original hats using beautiful designs, exquisite materials and quality workmanship are the hallmarks of Embellish Atelier. 

                              Catherine's headpieces have received a number of awards over the years including the Public Prize at Chazures Sur Lyon in 2009. Catherine received the coveted The Sydney Royal Easter Show Standard of Excellence Award in 2009, and 2021, Top Ten Myer Fashions on the Fields 2019, and  First Place in Winter Millinery at the Royal Melbourne Show. 

                              Embellish Atelier hats and headpieces have featured in magazines including Bride, Sydney Bride, Laud Magazine, The Hat Magazine and Ladies in Racing and Catherine has appeared regularly on TV.