Hello, I’m Susan Widlake, and I have always had a passion for hats.
As proved by this picture, I started wearing hats at an early age
I started my creative millinery journey in 2009, at a hat making taster course at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Since then I have taken many courses over the years.
I’m an IT auditor by training, and was fortunate to travel the world with my job. I used to pack a sewing kit along with my business attire, and pick up treasures to bring back.
I’ve made felt hats on Eurostar, and silk flowers in Zagreb. I got lost in Shanghai finding ‘Ribbon Street’, bought hat blocks in France, and found a one day fabric market in Vienna
In 2019, I hung up my corporate hat, came back to the UK, and turned my passion into a business. I now make hats at my home studio, a windmill, just outside Saffron Walden on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border. Hence the name Mill House Millinery
My hats are named after places and locations that have captured my imagination. I love to incorporate local silk, woven in Sudbury in Suffolk in my designs, and my millinery wire comes from Great Dunmow in Essex. A case of inspired globally, created locally.
Everything I make is unique, from wedding hats to show stopping creations made for racegoers and millinery competitions.
I’m particularly proud that one of my pieces was selected from hundreds of entries to be exhibited at London Hat Week in 2020
So please get in touch – I’d love to create something tailored especially for you.