Booking A Millinery Workshop


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Thank you for booking a Millinery Workshop with Niav Riley.

Booking a Millinery Workshop or 1-to-1 session

1. Email Niav at, or Call Niav on 087 6274259

2. Please state the workshop you are interested in and for how many people.

3. Your name will be added to the booking list (you will receive an email to confirm this)

4. When the workshop is fully/almost booked you will receive a request to pay the deposit of €75.

5. The balance can be paid on arrival at the workshop.

How to pay a deposit, when booking a millinery workshop
50% deposit required in advance

You can pay the deposit by P.O. or cheque made payable to:

Niav Riley Millinery
Creative Space Studio
Heritage House
Ballyroan Road
Co. Laois
R32 H244

Otherwise you can do a Bank Transfer directly into my account:

Niav Riley
Bank of Ireland, Abbeyleix Branch
Branch Code: 90-15-97
A/C No: 87299374
Bic number:   BOFIIE2D
Iban:    IE49 BOFI 9015 9787 2993 74

If transferring online, please ADD YOUR NAME to the payment.

You can also make a payment via PayPal through this link:     PayPal Logo

Email address for PayPal is:

How/When do I pay the balance?

Balance must be paid on arrival. You can pay by PayPal in advance if you wish. Cash or Cheque are both acceptable, I also have SumUp which can take credit/debit cards and issue you a receipt to your phone. Unfortunately I cannot take payments over the phone at this time.

If you decide to buy a Hat block and/Trimmings, the minimum transaction on Sum Up is €40. Extra trimmings can be paid for in cash as it is usually small amounts such as €10/€15.

Are materials included?

Yes basic materials, or structure materials such as Sinamay, Buckram of fabric are included. However Felt, Straw or Jinsin must be ordered especially for you. Extras such as trimmings, feathers, buttons are charged extra. Usually people spend from €5 to €15 on extras.

What time do we start?

10am until 4/4.30pm

The workshop may finish slightly earlier or later depending on progress.

The studio will open no earlier than 9.50am where you are welcome to settle in with a tea/coffee.

I am a complete beginner, do I need sewing skills?

Depending on the workshop that you will be attending, but yes generally basic sewing skills are essential as we will be attaching wire, binding etc.

I will show you some hints, shortcuts and tips on stitches used in Millinery.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

Scissors, needles, thread etc are provided at the studio. You may want to bring an apron along to avoid snagging clothing.

Also if you want to make a piece to complement an outfit for a special occasion please make sure to bring it along as colours are hard to remember! If you collect buttons, old jewellery or trimmings they may be useful, so bring them along too.

How do I get there?

You can find directions below, or I am on Google Maps.

Follow directions for Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

The studio is at: Heritage House, Ballyroan Road, Abbeyelix, Co. Laois, R32 H244.

There is an upper and lower entrance to Heritage House. If you park at the upper Car Park, take the steps down following the signs for Creative Space Studio.


Lunches are not included.

You may certainly bring lunch with you.

If travelling from the South you may pass through Durrow. I would highly recommend Bowes Foodhall to buy some lunch. They are an award winning coffee shop.

In Abbeyleix you will find a wonderful selection of food at the Gallic Kitchen. Through the main traffic lights, it’s on the same side as Bank of Ireland. For a great cup of coffee and pastries or scones Mueller and O Connell bakery is a 4 minute walk from Heritage House.

I am booked in for a millinery workshop but cannot attend because…. Can I attend another workshop instead?

As places are limited and people have generally booked places some months in advance, and also it takes a lot of organising at this end! The answer is YES BUT I require 2 WEEKS NOTICE so that I can fill the workshop space.

Notice given 1 week or less means that you will lose your deposit unless there is a space on another workshop, which I will do my best to find for you. The deposit is non-transferable for use on Hat Blocks.

Any further questions please send me an email or text to +353 (0) 87 6274259

Looking forward to meeting you,


Booking A Millinery Workshop
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