Millinery Classes

I have taught hat making classes for sixteen years and I offer both group lessons and private instruction. I can teach almost any technique from beginning to advanced. I especially enjoy sharing the many "tricks of the trade" such as how to properly drape a veil or create a perfectly rolled brim edge. In teaching couture millinery, I want to preserve traditions and ensure a high standard of craftsmanship continues as new milliners join the industry.

Group classes start at $225 per person. Max of 4 students.

Private lessons are $75 per hour, minimum of 3 hrs, offered at my studio in Austin, Texas.

If you wish to travel to Austin to study millinery, the Milli Starr studio is convenient to the airport and I can suggest several hotels in the area.

Courses include:

Blocked Fascinator Bases (2 day)

Buckram Boater (3 day)

Western Weight Felt Fedora -  Beginner (2 day)

Western Weight Felt Fedora - Intermediate (2 day)

Draped Fur Felt Cloche Hat (1 day)

Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator (2 day)

Parasisal from Block to Finish (2 day)

Perfecting Brim Edges (1 day)

Puzzle Blocks (1 day)

Veils: Classic to Couture (2 day)

Windowpane Sinamay Hat (2 day)

Jan 1, 2024 update: I am focusing on bespoke orders and maintaining stock between now and the summer months. If you would like to be notified when classes resume, please follow Milli Starr on social media and/or sign up for our newsletter.

I occasionally teach through Continuing Education at Austin Community College. There are two 8-week, 40 hour courses: Millinery I and Millinery II. Students completing both will meet the Texas Workforce Commission requirements and earn a Certificate in Millinery.



"Watching you work your magic by coercing lifeless materials into pieces of joyful art was inspiring. Thank you for generously sharing your time, energy, knowledge and love of millinery with us." ~ Joelle A.

"Laura's knowledge of millinery history, techniques, and construction is extensive! She is one of the best teachers I have ever had... I highly recommend her private lessons if you are looking to expand your hat making knowledge. I will cherish this experience forever!" ~ Maria E.

“Thank you for a wonderful millinery experience. Your patient teaching method, in-depth coverage of everything necessary for a quality hat, and enjoyable personality made for a fantastic class.” ~ Marianne L.

“Thank you so much for the private class, Laura! I learned so much and I am delighted with my new hat! You are so generous with your time and your knowledge! It was truly a pleasure and I am thrilled to have found you so close by.” ~ Susan P.