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    Millinery for Beginners

    Are you just beginning your journey in Millinery? You have probably watched some YouTube videos to get started but have found that you get to a certain point and can’t move on, yet you really want to know more! I began my journey into Millinery over 20 years ago. At the time I was working as a novice in animation (taking a career break from the Fashion Industry). Unfortunately for me sitting at a computer from 9 to 5 left me feeling creatively dissatisfied. Every evening after a long day and commute, I looked forward to getting my hands busy crafting again. I was at that time in my life…

  • Classes,  Creative,  Fashion

    Sewing lessons at the kitchen table

    This is my very first blog, which really seems incredible as I have been attending Creative Writing groups and classes for many years now. As a busy mother of two, and running my own business, taking time to write seems like such an indulgence! Now I can write and tell myself that it’s for work purposes! Who said that you should ‘Never mix Business with Pleasure?’ Most people know me as a Milliner, but if you look at my ‘About Me‘ page, you will see that my entire life so far has been spent following one creative pursuit or another. Fashion design, Graphic design, Animation and settling down to Millinery…

  • Classes,  Creative,  Fashion,  Hat Blocks

    One To One Tutoring

    Millinery and Sewing – 1 to 1 Tutoring Millinery 1 to 1 tutoring is ideal if you have a specific project/fabric/style in mind. If you have spotted a Hat/Headpiece that you would like to make you will receive undivided 1 to 1 attention to help you to complete that project. It is advised that you consult with me first  so that I can prepare the lesson specifically for you. Sewing Have you recently purchased or inherited a sewing machine? The next step is to get to know your sewing machine. For Beginners: At your 1 to 1 class you will be shown: How to thread your machine and fill a…

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    Classes & Workshops

    Niav Riley Millinery Classes 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…