Friday Mornings 5 Weeks January 2024


Designed as a 5 week taster course for those who want to see a little of what upholstery is about!  If you are a new comer you must find a small project to do such as a piano stool, a dining chair, drop in seat or pin cushion seat.   For returners, if Friday morning is the best time for you, please join.  See the FAQs page on the website for lots of info about projects and send a photo of your project to confirm suitability!

Fridays  from 10am-1pm for 5 weeks – a Taster Course for newcomers!

First session:   Friday 12th January 2024

Last session:  Friday 9th February 2024

Fee £280 + materials + storage if applicable 

Please note, your tutor will guide you in choosing projects to suit your skill level as you progress.  Please email with a photo of your project prior to the course to confirm.

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A 5 week upholstery course on Friday mornings from 10am til 1pm.   This is designed as a taster course for people who want to try their hand at upholstery and to experience a little of what it is about.  If you are a new comer, for this course, you must start with a dining chair or piano stool or a couple of drop in seats – something small – if you wish to be hopeful of finishing it by the end of the 5 weeks.  We’ll always try to help you to finish if we can but it does depend on the condition of your project and what your learning means to you!  You’ll learn about lots of the tools & materials that we use and how to handle them.  You’ll gain lots of tips and tricks so you might tackle a simple project at home.

There is often more work involved than meets the eye so part of learning upholstery, is assessing what can be recovered or re-used and what needs new upholstery.    There will likely be other returners in the class and this will give you a little insight into what might lay ahead for you. Please send a photo of your project to make sure it is suitable for this course.

If you find you just want to do more upholstery, there is another 5 week course starting immediately after the half term break, so you can enrol on that if you wish.

**For returners, please note, that as of this term, there is an additional storage fee to cover the cost of a storage room.  Armchairs including some nursing chairs will be charged £65 per term and extra large chairs (depth and width are over 73cm) £120 per term.  Most students will find that the new storage room means they can independently and safely retrieve their project and return it to the same place at the end of the session.  This fee is paid at your first session, by card.**  If you are unsure if you will be charged a storage fee, please ask the tutor.

Everyone must send a photo of their project prior to the course.  If you need any guidance, please do get in touch via email to

Please do check out the FAQs page on the website for answers to frequently asked questions.

The classes can include:

  • Complete or partial ripping out and reupholstery
  • Or only removing the top fabric and recovering
  • Traditional & modern upholstery techniques, tools and materials and how we handle them; practising tacking and tensioning materials correctly
  • Choosing and sourching appropriate upholstery fabric; pro’s and con’s of different fabrics; Martindale Test
  • Simple wood cleaning and reviving techniques and small project repairs
  • Choosing upholstery fabrics and trimmings, making a trimming
  • other topics might include looking at a chair or fabric designer, developments in sustainability and other aspects of the upholstery trade
  • Email me a photo of your project prior to the course at and check out the FAQs page for guidance and advice.   Feel free to email me if you think you need advice on a project.

Students provide their own fabric and trimmings or buttons with guidance and help from the tutor.  Any materials used in the workshop are paid for at the end of the term.

Fee   £280 per person + materials + storage if applicable


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