Three day Millinery Workshop

Learn how to make a couture hat !

Prepare your millinery for the block. Learn to shape the hat. Learn how to prepare the fabric/material of choice. Learn how to steam items, smooth, shape, iron, dry, stiffen. Learn to create your own inspiration. Each millinery project is directed by what you want to create.

Milliner David Dunkley will help you learn the couture techniques necessary to execute your vision!


November 22, 23, 24 2019

January 17, 18, 18, 2020

February 21, 22, 23, 2020

Ask David about adding two days onto your class for a one week class!


Location: David Dunkley Fine Millinery / 974 Bathurst Street

Time: 10am to 3pm each day

Cost: $395.00**

Register NOW here!
Materials can be purchased through MacFab
We can discuss what you need when you book.
Many basic materials are supplied such as thread. However hat bodies are not.

What you need to bring to class;
* Thimble/Scissors
* Felt Hoods or Capaline or straw hoods or Sinamay (we can discuss prior to workshop)
* Hand Sewing needles
* Tape Measure
* Ruler
* Apron
…..and a smile! Oh!!  Cookies and Chocolate are always welcome!



Wet Felting Hat Course

Wet Felting Hats Image

Felting is a rewarding process where layers of merino wool are agitated with hot soapy water, in order to create a fabric that is both strong and colorfully exciting.

During this workshop you will not only learn about the process of felting, but will gain understanding on how to create a seamless sculptural form that lends itself to making hats, bags, and vessels.  Each person will have a fully felted, blocked hat finished by the end of the class.

Location: David Dunkley Fine Millinery / 974 Bathurst Street

Date:  October 20, 2019

Time: 5 hours

Cost: $265.00 **


– Discuss hat design
– Create a pattern for the felt hood, using personal head or block measurements                                                  – Choose colours of wool for the hat
– Lay multiple layers of wool on one side of the pattern
– Flip it, wet it with soapy water
– Begin to lay the second layers of wool on the other side
– Full wool till it is felted, through different agitation techniques
– Block into desired shape
Materials (supplied by Tierre):
– Wool in multiple colours
– Tight weave cotton material to make a pattern from
– Olive oil soap
– Sponges
– Containers for hot water
– Plastic to cover the tables
– Non skip mats
– Blocks to form the hat
– Rulers
– Drawing tools
– Pins

About Tierre:

Known for her modern, elegant style, Tierre’s work offers a flare for poise, sophistication and confidence. “Each person is a unique and special individual. Helping people express that individuality is a joy for me. I am so grateful to all those who love wearing my hats!”



**Tuition is non refundable. If canceling attending workshop one opportunity will be offered to a future workshop.


  • “What a great workshop! This was my fourth with David, and with each one I have learned so much. David’s clear and patient instruction, in a comfortable and supportive environment promote confidence and creativity.” Cathy
  • “Fantastic classes, by the best milliner artist – David Dunkley. I had zero experience, even in sewing, but I walked away with the knowledge that I can build on and also a hat that I can be proud of. Take David’s class or go shopping from his shop – you’ll love it, I promise:)” Jenny
  • “Working with David Dunkley is a great privilege. I started with my hat project ideas. But with David’s personal tutoring, I have grown creatively and developed a multitude of millinery skills. This is my second workshop and I am onto the third. It is superb, friendly, casual, and exciting class experience.” Dana
  • “David Dunkley gorgeous atelier is a classroom to teach hat lovers how to fashion their own dreamy toppers. David keeps the class size small and students work at their own pace. Even if (like me) you arrive barely able to thread a needle, David patiently and skillfully helps you create anything you can dream up: fedoras, pillboxes, cloches and fascinators. The class is friendly and fun. Very quickly you feel like you’re part of a couture-hat quilting bee, with everyone sharing stories about hats, history and life. I thoroughly enjoyed this three-day course and plan to return for another session. What a fantastic way to unleash your millinery creativity.” Debbie
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