Millinery Classes and Workshops

Course & Workshop Descriptions 2019 Course Schedule Booking a Course & Accommodation Customer Comments & Stories


News: We are moving to Heritage House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, with classes and workshops available from September. We would love to see you there!

Meantime please bear with us as we update some of the information on this website. Contact and booking details are unchanged for now.


Start your Millinery adventure with Niav Riley at the newly appointed Creative Space Studio at the ground floor of Heritage House Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

The classes are limited to 4/5 maximum per class to ensure that every student receives unique attention throughout the workshop. So many students have passed through and have returned many times to continually update their skills and techniques.

From the beginning Niav will make sure that every minute that you spend here you will be learning about fabrics, trimmings, suppliers and techniques. Niav believes in sharing her experiences in all areas of Millinery, and imparting that knowledge generously to give you the best start with your new hobby/business.

For Niav, it is a pleasure to see how so many of her students have gained confidence over time in their technique, many of them setting up part time businesses to complement their work/family life.

A number of students have had fantastic success at Nationwide Racing events, winning Best Dressed/Best Hat Titles. Follow this link for their stories.

Not only do you benefit from Niav’s knowledge and experience in so many areas of Millinery, you also have a chance to ‘try out’ Hat blocks from her uniquely designed range of blocks which you can order/purchase on the day of the workshop at a discounted student price! More details of Hat Blocks here.


Gift Vouchers available to use in exchange for Workshops, Hat Blocks and 1 to 1 classes