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Mill House Millinery

Contact name: Susan Widlake
Total bookings
about 2 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

I worked in IT Audit for 25 years, and from 2009 onwards, started making hats after a taster course at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I was very fortunate to travel the world with my job, and always used to travel with sewing materials in my suitcase, and have made silk roses on a flight from Zagreb, sewed a hat brim on Eurostar, and folded ribbon rosettes on a plane, sitting next to the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. I worked in Switzerland for the last two years of my corporate life, which allowed me to save some money that I could put aside to allow me to start up my own millinery business. When I returned to the UK, I turned my old study into a hat studio, and now instead of books on IT audit, I have rolls of fabric. I still use spreadsheets, but to calculate ribbon widths and hat diameters, as opposed to analysing profit and loss. I started running my hat making business full time in 2019. 2022 was been my busiest year yet, and this year as well as making hats for weddings and races , I’ve made hats for Buckingham Palace as well as the Orient Express and also a Pantomime Dame. I've taken multiple courses over the years, and continue to do so. Rather than getting people to wear more hats, I'd rather that more people enjoy them. Hence I want to make my workshops accessible! If there is something you'd specifically like to learn, please do get in touch with me as I do offer private tuition.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Create your own Flower Crown
Next date: 28th Apr 2024
4 places left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
22 Jan 24'

Ella reviewed: Scandinavian Stars - For Ella

"We had a fabulous time learning how to make these stars on Saturday afternoon. Susan was really well prepared, patient and enthusiastic to share her skills with us. We had a lot of fun folding and transforming ribbon and paper into beautiful stars. Thank you Susan!"

Mill House Millinery responded:

"Thank you so much - you were all such fun and it was great to share things with you . Hope your children appreciated ‘their stars’ "

27 Nov 23'

Ben Mower reviewed: Scandinavian Stars - For Ella

"I did this course with my mum after I bought it as a present and it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning. Susan has a really warm personality and her house was a really cosy setting for some crafting. As for the course, Susan was an excellent teacher for a crafting rookie like me and the course was also challenging enough for a seasoned crafter like my mum. We had a lot of fun and we went home with some fantastic Scandinavian stars to spruce up our Christmas. "

Mill House Millinery responded:

"Thanks Ben! It was really good fun with you and your mum, and I’m definitely learning from you on ‘it looks like a hashtag’ in describing the layout. Hope you both have a wonderful Christmas, and good luck cooking and crafting! "

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