LACE AND FINERY: LilyM Millinery is hosting a workshop in the lead-up to Melbourne Cup Day on the Coast.
LACE AND FINERY: LilyM Millinery is hosting a workshop in the lead-up to Melbourne Cup Day on the Coast. Contributed

Millinery workshop will create Melbourne Cup hat designs

WITH Melbourne Cup just around the corner, a local millinery business is holding some hat-making workshops.

Learn the tricks of the trade by making your own hat or fascinator for the big raceday.

The next workshop is on Saturday, November 3, at 151 Starrs Rd, Peachester.

Bookings on 0427 096 913.

A bit about the host of the workshop: Brenda Treasure, owner of LilyM Headpieces, started her millinery business in 2010.

She was living in Hong Kong at the time and able to source her millinery supplies from there and China.

She soon found that other milliners were keen to buy supplies from her.

This side of the business (millinery supplies) has grown and she now has warehouses in Queensland, Hong Kong, London, Vancouver and Kentucky.

Brenda enjoys making all types of headwear as well as learning new skills to incorporate in her designs and is delighted to pass on these skills in classes that are offered at her Sunshine Coast studio.

Brenda loves to inspire people to try something new and to create designs.

She has learned her craft under award-winning milliners such as Louise Macdonald, Lina Stein, Carole Maher and Jane Stoddart in Australia, Hong Kong, London and Tennessee.

The team at LilyM Headpieces feels honoured that the Beerwah Kindergarten (through Sally Joyce) asked them to be involved in the fundraiser for the Melbourne Cup.

The fashion parade had models and clothing but didn't have hats on the models, so this was a good opportunity to support the kindy and the event.

The offer of classes flowed on from this, so that local women (or men, if they wish) can learn and make their own headwear for Melbourne Cup Day.

During the workshop, Brenda will give instructions on basic techniques using blocked hat bases (she can show how to block a hat base, time permitting), and then using your own creative style with materials such as feathers, flowers, crinoline, quills, stencils and other embellishments to make it unique.

Brenda also teaches how to make beaded headwear.

All participants need is the confidence to have a go.

Book sale

BEERWAH Library will host its book sale tomorrow, October 27, from 9am to noon.

Head along and grab a bargain at the library's bi-monthly book sale, hosted by the friends of Beerwah Library. Call 54758989 or email

The Minimalist Workshop

CALOUNDRA Library will host The Minimalist Workshop tomorrow, October 27, from 10-11.30am. Less is more but minimalist wardrobes don't have to be boring and bare.

Join stylist Emma at the Caloundra Library for tips on personal styling.

Register for this workshop at

Pinterest workshop

GET started with Pinterest at Maleny Library on Monday, October 29, from 1.30-3pm.

More than 200 million people love sharing ideas and creations on Pinterest.

You can share your DIY projects, fashion and foodie ideas on this application. Registration is essential on the libraries website.

Disability support

THE National Disability Insurance Scheme will be rolled out across the state this year.

Join some of the team members from 121 Care for an explanation about the new system on Tuesday at Coolum Library from 10am-11.30am.

Check out what it means to receive funding, see if you're eligible, and learn how to access the system and where to get further help and assistance.

Ditch the Diet workshop

IMAGINE what you can do when you stop being concerned about how you look.

Own your own confidence, get to know yourself and stop holding yourself back at the Ditch the Diet workshop at Beerwah library on Wednesday, October 31, from 1-2.30pm.

Artist exhibition

BEERWAH Library is hosting artist Jacky Gibson and her oil painting artwork.

The exhibition depicts many scenes and environments.

Gibson is a new resident of Beerwah and her surrounds have inspired some of these artworks.

Head along to the library to check out her artwork up close.

The exhibition ends on Wednesday, October 31.

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