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Millinery experiences with Susan Widlake


A black textured headpiece sits atop a mannequin head
Two fascinators on wooden faceless mannequins, one black with a single feather and brooch, the other navy blue with flowers and mesh. A teapot with the words



As the Mad Hatter says 'It's always tea time'.

Spend a few hours making a fascinator of your own style and for any head size, while enjoying tea and cake.

  • Before you begin, try on some examples to pick a style that suits you.
  • All materials included.
  • Experiment with ribbons, flowers, feathers and trims. 
  • Tuition and advice from Susan of Mill House Millinery. 
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An oversized red rose and mesh fascinator on a mannequin

Bespoke hats that reflect your personality

Susan can also make a hat for you.

"I truly think that anyone can wear a hat, and if you think you can’t, it might be that you just haven’t found the right one for you yet.

I love working with people to find the right shapes and materials for them. I know I’ve succeeded when you forget you are wearing the hat!

When I’m helping you find the perfect hat, I like to start with what you are going to wear with it. If you are happy and comfortable with that, it’s going to be so much easier to pair something with it."

See some examples here
A brown fascinator with three roses surrounded by mesh, on a mannequin

Susan on the podcast – language graduate, IT and pharmaceutical auditor turned milliner

Susan Widlake studied Russian and Bulgarian, then turned to accountancy, even though she ‘didn’t really like maths that much’.  She travelled a lot for her work in the finance and pharmaceutical industries, but at the weekends she would enjoy sewing projects, and even had a little travelling craft box to dip into on train journeys. 

Susan is settled in the UK now, and has opened her own millinery studio, creating hat designs inspired by her travels, with names to match. 

Listen here