Friday Mornings ‘Taster’ 5 Weeks SOLD OUT! starts 26th April 2024


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 26th April and last session is 24th May

The next 5 week course will start 7th June until 5th July

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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This is a ‘taster’ 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 experience a little of what it is about.  If you are a new comer you must start with a simple project: 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.

There is lots to learn and there is more to upholstery than meets the eye!

We cannot guarantee that you will finish your project in the 5 sessions as this depends on the condition of your project and what your learning means to you – but we try our utmost to get you there! There will likely be other returners in the class and this enhances your learning, giving 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.

With the appropriate project, you should require no more than a metre of good fabric which you should bring to the first or second session.

**If you are a returner, and Friday is the best day for you, please note there is an additional storage fee to cover the cost of storage.  Armchairs including some nursing chairs will be charged £65 per term and extra large chairs (depth or width is over 73cm) £120 per term.  This fee is paid at your first session, by card.**  If you are unsure if you will be charged a storage fee, please do 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, making cuts, tensioning materials correctly
  • Choosing and sourcing 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 (see note above)


Choosing a project

Student information