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Wedding hats!

by Margaret Woodliff | August 06, 2016 | 1 Comment

Delighted to be commissioned by two lovely clients, mother of the bride Ann Owen Smith, and guest Gina Davidson to make head pieces for them for the wedding of Ann's daughter Clare to Paul Hayes on Saturday July 31st at St Paul's Church, Alnwick. The sun shone, the bride & groom glowed with happiness & the headpieces looked great!

Posted in Bridget Bailey, Carole Maher, St Paul's Alnwick, Tracy Chaplin, wedding headpieces

Masterclass with Eugenie van Oirschot

by Margaret Woodliff | July 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

Sharing and pooling knowledge with other milliners is key to one's creative development as a milliner. Learning from milliners who are at the "top of their game" and are willing to impart to those less experienced some of their techniques and expertise, is terribly important as it can really lift your level of creative practice, giving it a real impetus and new direction.

So far this summer I have been really fortunate to participate in classes lead by the Australian milliners Carole Maher - at Tracy Chaplin's lovely French workshops in Alan, Toulouse - and Jane Stoddart in London. 

It was wonderful last week to meet Eugenie at one of The Creative Workshop's London masterclasses, back again courtesy of the effervescent Peculiar Treasure! Eugenie generously shared her expertise in repetition & straw braid work along with pandering graciously to the all important but temperamental sewing machines.

I really feel that my millinery practice has developed hugely as a result of these intensive learning sessions.

Of course Eugenie's not in this image - as she took it! There's lots more on Facebook - Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery Page - you will see her & the pieces I made, there. Please take a look.

Posted in Alan, Carole Maher, Eugenie van Oirshott, Peculiar Treasure, The Creative Workshops, Toulouse, Tracy Chaplin, Who's afraid of straw braid.

Smart Works - The George Hotel, Edinburgh, May 20th

by Margaret Woodliff | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Delighted to have been asked to show my latest millinery collections at The George Hotel on Friday May 20th, in support of Smart Works, a charity that offers out-of-work women from all walks of life a way back into the career world. 
At yesterday's showing at Doxford Hall in support of HospiceCare, Northumberland, I was very pleased with the very enthusiastic reaction to my collections; so I am excited now to be planning another event when my newest pieces, made a couple of weeks ago in Alan Toulouse, at a week long Masterclass with Carole Maher from Sydney, will be on show. 
The Smart Work's tea looks lovely!

Posted in Afternoon tea at The George Hotel, Alan, Carole Maher, Couture millinery, Edinburgh, HospiceCare Northumberland, Smart Works Women's Charity, The George Hotel, The Sydney Milliner, Toulouse, Tracy Chaplin, Workshops

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