B Unique Masterclass with "Foss n Feathers” - 3rd Mar - [Carole Maher]

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 B Unique Millinery's Virtual Masterclass Workshop Series. 

5 hr virtual session while you are at home and in your hat making space.

*** these sessions will NOT be recorded ***

These workshops will be limited to 15 people to ensure we can maintain a level interaction. If we have a large demand - additional sessions will be scheduled. This also maybe run in other time zones.

Anyone can join this virtually using Zoom, with plans to run these in each of B Unique Millinery's major Regions - Asia/Pacific (this one), North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Chance to test Zoom working correctly prior will also be available.

Carole is a full time, qualified Couture Milliner and an International Millinery Tutor and Lecturer who spends at least 3 months of each year teaching millinery masterclasses in London, Spain, France, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Ireland and Scotland and Australia.  She is a regular visiting lecturer/tutor at (the only Australian milliner to teach at) the Royal College of Art London.  She is a trail-blazer for milliners teaching overseas and is a regular Masterclass tutor at London Hat Week 

Carole produces 2 collections a year for her private clients as well as in-store exclusive collections.

Carole is passionate and dedicated to innovation in millinery and specialises in new high tech materials and developing new millinery techniques. She has, and continues to, develop and introduce thermo plastics, thermo formable materials and new high tech materials into the millinery and fashion industries worldwide. 

Carole lives on a 50 acre farm an hour from Sydney with her husband and a multitude of Australian animals.

This course is aimed at:

  • This is a fabulous workshop designed for the beginner to advanced milliner and focuses on creating stunning hats and headpieces that are very versatile and great to add your own creative flair to. 

The course will involve:

Make one of these stunning little hats or headpieces using your own blocks, the fabulous Fosshape and (the best kept secret in the feather world) Goose Nagoire feathers .

You will learn how to use Fosshape and quickly, cleanly and inexpensively block crowns as well as other thermoplastics to create headpieces then you will learn all about goose nagoire feathers, choosing, dying, stripping and cutting/curling and then assembly. A demonstration of other thermoplastics will also show how you can vary headpieces at a later stage.

Using these techniques you can create a multitude of hats and headpieces that are fantastic, high quality, very robust and importantly, sell well.

Carole launched this workshop in Wagga Wagga in 2009 and updates the class each year.  She invented and developed most of the techniques in this workshop.   She loves to share her techniques and skill sets and gives this knowledge generously to use in creating millinery.  

You will leave with

  • One hat in this workshop but bring more blocks so that you can block more during the workshop to finish later. 

All these techniques are bought together in this 5 hour workshop (15 min break) which is promised to be fun, interactive and enable students to confidently work.

Please note: The techniques in this workshop are, and remain, the intellectual property of Carole Maher and any “on-teaching” of these techniques by students or publishing these techniques in any way will breach her intellectual property.  If this is your intention please do not sign up for this Masterclass.

Contact Details: +61 7 5494 9299 or Mob +61 419 511 799


Date: Wednesday 3rd Mar

AU EST: 6am - 11:15am (Brisbane)

AU EDST: 7am - 12:15pm (Sydney/Melbourne)

UK Time: 8:00pm - 1:15am (Tue 2nd Mar)

USA West Coast: 12:00pm - 5:15 pm (Tue 2nd Mar)

USA East Coast:  3:00 pm - 8:15 pm (Tue 2nd Mar)

Supply List

  • Approx 150 goose nagoire feathers, I get them in bags of 50, hand sorted so the quality is good.  Do not get goose pointers.  Ask your supplier for good quality, not craft feathers.  If your hat block is large bring 200 feathers, they are inexpensive.   
  • Fosshape 300, enough to cover a few small blocks, black or white, if using light feathers white is good1 x A4 piece of Kobracast thermoplastic available at BUnique. 
  • Hat blocks, small shapes, not too small, need enough room for feathers to cover
  • Fabric scissors, sharp and household scissors
  • Small Embroidery scissors, sharp
  • Covers for the hat blocks like freezer bag or cling film, strong.
  • Hand held  or stand up garment steamer, or jiffy steamer with wand, you cannot do this class without one.blocking pins
  • Tight fitting gloves, protection for steaming.Flat blade craft knife, thin.

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