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ROSE HUDSON, Australia: MILLINERY: FELT SO GOOD, FELT SO FINE.

Rose Hudson has been a theatrical milliner for thirty-eight years. She was supervisor at the MTC for twenty years and has made hats for the Australian Ballet. Her film and TV work includes The Dressmaker and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She has taught at millinery conventions in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga and exhibited work at the NGV, Flinders University Adelaide and the Bendigo Art Gallery. Rose taught in Gatlinburg Tennessee in 2016 and is thrilled to be sharing her expertise at Fibre Arts Australia, Ballarat in 2018. Rose is currently the President of the Millinery Association of Australia and the owner of The Very Very Very Strict School of Millinery.

Felt So Good, Felt So Fine: Millinery blocking and trimming techniques in felt.

In this series of workshops, through blocking, steaming and shaping, we explore the manipulation of this fantastically versatile millinery mainstay. After examining the properties of felt, we get busy sculpting a small vintage style toque. Inspired by the classics yet with modern influences in mind, we will create a set of trimmings to embellish the hat. Make a felt and fabric mandala trim. A felt cutting exercise using texture as the feature. Felt is cut, steamed, sewn and shaped in different ways to form feathers, leaves and flower shapes, when added to a headband, you’ve got headwear any occasion.

Sculpted felt toque, 2 days.. Felt Mandala .5 day.. Felt flowers .5 day.. Headband of flowers 1 day..

Feather trimming .5 day.