My hat was fashioned in just a couple of creative hours with the talented patience of teacher and milliner Michelle Jensen at the Cobb & Co Museum Mini Workshops. Michelle is one of the two milliners who share their knowledge, experience, tips and flair at the Cobb & Co Museum Hands on Workshops.
Michelle explained how she discovered her irresistible love of hats whilst frocking up to attend various country race meetings. This passion took her to Brisbane where she completed her training, however after running a successful millinery business she chose instead to combine her natural talent for teaching with her passion for creating hats.
Michelle will be holding one day classes in preparation of the racing season, on the 17th and 18th of October 2015 at the Cobb & Co Museum Toowoomba.
However if you want to commence your entree into millinery before October, the equally talented Johanna Guerin will be holding workshops in the early months ready for autumn and winter. Johanna will be holding a one day class in April covering fun and feathery fascinators and a two day class in May to create a vintage-style felt hat using traditional millinery blocking and steaming techniques.
Johanna Guerin - Cobb Co Museum image
Johanna commenced her training in the historic Brisbane Arcade where she developed her own unique style, after which she advanced her interest in theatre costumes and costume millinery. Both instructors have designed headwear creations for 'Fashions on the Field', special occasions, plus styles of self expression for all ladies who love the extravagance and the romance of wearing a hat.
If millinery is not your interest, and you have a budding blacksmith, jeweller, artist, woodworker or leather plaiter inside looking for the chance to escape, then check out the numerous Hands on Workshops being held at Cobb Co Museum Toowoomba. They even have a Ukulele making class in July with the talented Wahoo.
Blacksmith Workshop - Cobb Co Museum image
A great way to participate is to travel up the range and treat yourself to a weekend away at one of the many accommodation choices around Queens Park.