At her studio in Holborn, Central London, award-winning hat designer Judy Bentinck lets you in on the secrets of traditional couture millinery. Beginner or expert, you'll learn so much.

    Millinery Workshop

    A four day course in millinery.


    Tuesday - Friday February 13th - 16th

    10.30 - 5.30

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Whether you've got your eye on a career as a professional milliner or becoming the best amateur around, sharpen up your skills and get off to a flying start with this intensive 4 day workshop for beginners and intermediates. An action-packed course of tips, techniques and hands-on practice, you will be introduced to the wonders of blocking, and the making-up and trimming of fashionable and flattering felt and straw hats.



    From adding warmth and style to your daily commute, to turning heads at Royal Ascot, there’s always an excuse to wear a hat, so get equipped to whip up an impressive bespoke piece for yourself. You will make two (or more!) of your own hats to take away; using cosy wool felt and stunning sinamay. A relaxed but informative workshop, each student is encouraged to work at their own pace and we will get hands-on the first morning so that you can start seeing progress straight away.


    You’ll learn about designing for different face shapes and personal styles; choosing, measuring and cutting the right material to achieve different effects and using them in an efficient and economical way -with industry tips from the expert throughout.


    Basic materials including a wool felt hood and sinamay are provided, but more will need to be purchased during the week. We will discuss this on your first day where you will get professional advice and tips on how to get your ideas off the blocks!


    Equipment: If possible, please bring a basic sewing kit comprising: tape measure, household pins, thimble, scissors, hand sewing needles and thread.


    £550 includes a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits.


    Fabulous Fascinators

    A one day course - make your own fascinating creation!


    Saturday April 14th

    10.30 - 4.30pm

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Whether it’s that all-important wedding, a fashionable race day or a snazzy cocktail party, get camera-ready and stand out from the crowd with the effortless style of a couture fascinator.


    This one day course will enable you to create your own fabulous fascinator and leave with the skills to carry on creating more!


    In this fun and creative class, you’ll learn how to make a fascinator base, manipulate sinamay, curl feathers, use wire, work with veiling and learn the traditional millinery stitches that will become invaluable as your fascination with fascinators grows.


    £160 includes all materials & a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits.


    Fabric Covered Hats

    A two day course learning the techniques involved in using fabrics for your hats.


    Thursday - Friday March 8th - 9th

    10.30 - 4.30

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Learn to use fabric in a more detailed approach to hat making and expand your skills and artistic flair with this in-demand workshop. During the course you will learn about foundation fabrics and how to use them. You'll progress onto interfacing and be guided through the different ways of creating a hat covered in beautiful fabric. The result will be one, or possibly two, professional-looking couture hats.


    Foundation material, interfacing and wire will be provided. Please bring a choice of fabric for your hat and your lining; a natural (non-synthetic) fabric like silk, velvet or cotton is best for the hat and the lining can be made from synthetic or natural fabric.


    £310 includes a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits.

    Millinery Trimmings

    A one day course in embellishments for your hats.

    Thursday February 22nd

    10.30am - 4.30pm


    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    The ultimate creative workshop: learn how to work with ribbons and fabrics to create couture trimmings which can be mounted onto your headbands, combs and fascinator bases. Working with silk, velvet, organza, feathers and crin, you will learn to make beautiful bows, pretty petals and lovely leaves to put the final touches to your work.



    After this fun one-day workshop, you will have several trimmings to take home which can also be used to decorate garments, bags or shoes.


    £155 includes a selection of teas, proper coffee and a variety of biscuits.

    Flower Making Day

    A one day course in making hand-made flowers


    Thursday March 1st

    10.30 to 4.30

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Discover the pleasure of traditional flower-making techniques in this inspiring one-day workshop.


    Working with, and adapting flower patterns, you will learn to create a beautiful organza rose, a striking organdie poppy and an eye-catching sinamay lily all in one day.


    You’ll be taught the all-important stiffening and shaping techniques needed to produce wonderfully natural and organic shapes and the finished pieces are perfect for trimming hats, bags, shoes and making a gorgeous corsage.


    £165 includes materials and a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits.

    Block Making

    A two-day course in making your own hat blocks.


    Coming soon

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Take your designs off the page and into 3-dimensions! Learning how to create your own hat blocks will give you the freedom to turn your ideas into reality and form the foundations for your creativity to flourish.



    Over this two day course you’ll learn from the expert, building the confidence to make a crown block and separate brim block from flat patterns. The crown is created on the first day and left to dry before we move on to the brim. Finally you’ll return to the crown to finish with more layers and voila! You will be shown how to create different shapes and sizes from basic measurements and construct your own blocks from layers of buckram, ready to take home at the end of the weekend to continue making unique and wonderful hats.


    Professional hints and tips over the course of the 2 days will give you the secrets to create your own brilliant blocks in a very economical way.


    All materials will be provided, but please bring with you a thimble, a pack of leather hand-sewing needles and an apron, and get stuck in!


    £365 includes all materials & a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits and fruit.

    Create a Free Form Sinamay Hat

    Learn how to create a free form sinamay hat with hand made flowers and trim.


    Thursday March 15th

    10.30 - 4.30


    Learn to block a mini hat in sinamay and decorate with a free form sculpted sinamay shape and sinamay trim. Create your own hand-made silk flowers to use as decoration and finish with a comb and elastic to secure. Each piece can have some variation to make them all individual, unique and truly yours!


    Cost: £169


    Basic hand sewing skills are required. All materials and equipment supplied. Only 4 places are available. Contact Judy directly for more information.

    One to one Masterclass

    The ultimate in personal attention. Private tuition from Judy.

    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Judy also offers exclusive one-to-one tuition for those with some millinery skills who want to expand their knowledge. In these friendly and focussed sessions, you will be able to work on specific techniques and hone your creative skills, and you’ll gain valuable professional tips tailored to your particular level and millinery goals.



    £65 p.h. includes all materials & a selection of teas, coffee and a variety of biscuits.

    London Hat Week 2018

    Create your own vintage style Velvet Headpiece.

    Friday March 23rd 2018

    10.30 - 5.00

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    Cockpit Arts, Northington St. Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    In this one day course you will learn to create a beautiful and chic 1950's style close fitting headpiece.
    Starting with a foundation made to fit your head, you will go on to learn about the couture use of wiring and use interfacing, fabric draping, binding and finishing techniques such as fabric bows or handmade flowers.
    All materials will be supplied with a choice of 3 different colours of velvet. Basic sewing skills would be a help but stitching will be taught on the day, so not essential. Ideal for beginners and those with some millinery experience.


    Maximum 6 students


    enquire about a course here


    Judy Bentinck

    Milliner and Teacher

    Judy Bentinck is an award-winning traditional couture milliner making 21st Century hats.


    At her studio in Holborn, London, she passes on her years of hard-earned expertise.


    She is also a wonderful teacher. Funny and warm, quick, instructive and patient, her love for her craft is infectious. Sign up for a course, and in a week, or in just a day, you're sure to get infected with the hat-making bug!

    Judy's speciality is creating an exclusive bespoke hat for each individual client. The occasion and the outfit, the face, the hair, the body, all influence the design. Every hat is unique.

    Judy lives in London with her actor husband Tim Bentinck - among many other things,  'David' in The Archers!


    Some nice things that people have said

    "Judy guides you every step of the way passing on traditional couture techniques and know-how. Her passion for millinery is simply infectious, and she builds your confidence to work on more pieces at home, and be bolder in design."

    "The studio is an inspiring and fun environment to meet, and share ideas with like-minded students, and make new friends in the process."

    "Judy instills quality - you'll never be able to look at a hat in the same way again!"

    Lucinda (Brighton)


    "I loved attending Judy's workshops. The classes are small so there is lots of individual attention, which means you can easily finish the goal set for the class." 


    "I loved the fascinator class so much I took it twice and each time came away with a totally professional looking piece that my friends couldn't believe I had made!"


    "Judy has lots of good stories to tell and is very eager to pass on her knowledge, I really enjoyed her classes."

    Deborah (London)


    "Judy was wonderful, and a great source of knowledge. I loved learning this new skill."


    Judy was an absolute darling and a very attentive teacher. She provided so much info and gave away her little tricks. She was happy to answer all my queries. Excellent course - got more than I Bargained for!"




    Cockpit Arts, Northington St., Holborn, London WC1N 2NP


    Cockpit Arts is situated in charming Bloomsbury which is easily accessible by public transport and plays host to an array of delicious cafes and cake shops which you can explore while you’re in the area.


    Here are just a few lunchtime favourites to whet your appetite:

    Tuttis (paninis, jackets and pasta dishes)

    La Gourmandina (mediterranean deli)

    both in Lambs Conduit St

    Bea’s of Bloomsbury (mini baguettes, scones, sweets and cupcakes)

    Caffe Nero (chain coffee and sandwiches)

    on Theobalds Road

    Pret a Manger (chain coffee and sandwiches)

    on Grays Inn Road.


    When you've arranged your course with Judy, here's an easy way to pay.


    Now available at Amazon, Judy's new book explains secrets of traditional couture millinery

    The front cover of Judy's book

    "I'm truly impressed. Judy Bentinck's book is beautifully written and a pleasure just to read, as well as making me want to get stuck in now!"  - Frances Butt

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