About this workshop
Lola Montez was the infamous celebrity imposter who beguiled Ballarat and surrounds with her alluring ‘Spider Dance’.
In this full-day workshop, you will learn traditional millinery techniques including manipulating wire to form a tiara style headpiece which you will embellish with beads, jewels, diamantes, braids, and feathers.
Bring your own op shop finds like earrings, necklaces, brooches, and bracelets to break up and add to your creation. Remember, this is stage headwear for performance so fake diamonds, glittery stones, and shiny braids will be perfect.
At the end of the day, you will be able to show off your new accessory inspired by the inimitable Lola Montez.
Required skill level
Basic hand sewing and sewing machine skills required
What do I need to bring?
Snacks, lunch, water bottle, notepad and pen. Any assorted odd jewellery bits and beads, feathers, scraps of metallic fabrics you may have.
Comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes.
Maximum class size
Small class size – max 8 participants
What is Included
All instruction, tools and base materials included. Some metallic fabrics, jewels, braids and feathers will be provided.
You will learn
You will gain a basic understanding of millinery wirework, you will learn skills in production of theatrical headwear construction and a gain a practical understanding of design and manufacture of millinery for performance.
Morning tea/lunch info
Morning tea included.
About the instructor