Learn the art of hat making with Yorkshire Milliner Justine Bradley-Hill.

Justine has over 30 years of design experience and 16 years millinery practice; a highly qualified teacher offering bespoke one-one millinery tuition and master class workshops.  Justine has gained a BSc (Hons) Degree in Textiles as well as the City and Guilds Level 2, Level 3 in Creative Arts specializing in Millinery and HNC in Millinery from Leeds College of Art.

I have been a guest tutor for London Hat Week 17/18/19, Parkin Fabrics, Hat Blocks Direct, Artipistolis Spain, The Creative Workshops and Hatwalk Ireland.

ALL CLASSES RUN 9.30-4.30 apart from Beginners Millinery.


One year introduction to millinery – booking now open.

One day per month two places running on a Wednesday 10.00 -5.00 12 sessions cost £1500. (1 place remaining)

This an introduction to millinery to get you started on your journey.

Dates starting September 2019

25th Sept, 23rd October, 27th November, 18th December, January 29th, 26th February, March 25th, April 29th, May 20th, June 24th  (July and August dates to be decided)

The year will introduce you to the basics of millinery.

  • Straw
  • Sinamay
  • Felt
  • Feathers
  • Silk flower making
  • Trims
  • Head fittings, Alice bands and prongs
  • Dyeing  sinamay/straw/feathers

Please email your interest to justine@justinebradley-hill.co.uk


1-1 master classes at your convenience £220 per day plus materials. 

  • Hand blocked and free form sinamay from design to completion
  • Beginners and advanced hand blocked straw from design to completion including straw trims
  • Fabric covered hats and headpieces buckram based including silk cocktail and bridal headpieces
  • Dying Techniques sinamay/straw/fathers/silk
  • Feathers, trims and traditional millinery stitches- create mounts learn the best way to attach your feather trims.
  • Leather techniques and practical knowledge for blocking and sculpturing leather, completed with complementary leather trims. including flowers, feathers and bows
  • Percher hats learn how to create outstanding styles that are securely positioned on the wearer with a customized band. Whether it be 3D or Ring block hats.
  • Get to grips with an array of veiling techniques
  • Jinsin
  • Silk Abaca
  • Crin

1-1 day covers one technique and you may need a couple of days to complete a more complicated technique.



Group Master Classes    


The Boater

3rd and 4th February – 2 places

Two day class -learn how to make the classic boater shape in straw or sinamay. Learn the couture method to make this shape ensuring the perfect finish every time

£320 INC materials

The Dior Brim

16th /17 TH March -2 places

Two day class learn the how to make fabulous vintage inspired Dior brim hats with buntal matts.

£300 – materials are not included but can be ordered prior.


The Leather Headband

£320 inc materials,Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November. SOLD OUT




The Rigid Veil

Saturday 19th Sunday 20th October SOLD OUT  

Blocked leather centre with rigid veil brim. £320 inc materials






Group Master’ and ‘Beginners Millinery’ classes are taught on a 1-3 bases in order to give individual attention.  A light lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included in the cost. 

Also I should mention that I have a little black and white dog, if this is a problem please let me know.




Based in the picturesque village of Addingham, about 17 miles north west of Leeds. We are 30 minutes by car from Leeds Bradford Airport and a short taxi journey from Ilkley train station. Places to stay nearby


Grouse is perfect for one person or a couple and can book for a night.