NEW! ‘Taster’ Weekend Upholstery Course 3rd & 4th August 2024


‘Taster’ weekend upholstery course.  Bring your own suitable project (dining chair, footstool, piano stool, drop in seats, pin cushion seat, corner seat) and 1m of fabric.  It’s a busy weekend covering as many of the basics as possible.  See full description below.   See the FAQs page on the website for lots of info about projects, fabrics and where to find them and send a photo of your project to confirm suitability.

Course dates:

Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August 2024   9:30am til 4pm both days

Bring a packed lunch or there are shops and cafes nearby

Fee:  £170 including materials

Please email with a photo of your project prior to the course to confirm.

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This is designed as a taster course for people who want to try their hand at upholstery and experience a little of what the craft is about.  As a newcomer to the craft, 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 two days.   You’ll be learning other things along the way through group and individual instruction and demonstration, so it is a busy two days.

Session times:

Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 3rd August 9:30am til 4pm both days

There is a 30 minute break for lunch.

Students will need to bring their project and their fabric (1 metre) and any trim or braid to the first session.

Please email for advice and to confirm your fabric and project before the course starts to make sure you are all prepared.  Occasionally I have a small project or footstool available, so if you are struggling to find something appropriate, do let me know.   If I have something, I will let you know!

For information on where to find fabrics, please start by looking at the Info/FAQS page on the website.   The FAQs page also has lots of answers to frequently asked questions, so please take a look.

As well as doing your project, the course covers:

  • Complete or partial ripping out and reupholstery; using the right tools for the job; what to save
  • Or only removing the top fabric and recovering
  • Traditional & modern upholstery techniques, tools and materials and how we handle them
  • Practising temporary tacking, making cuts, making corner pleats; tensioning materials correctly
  • Using a pneumatic staple gun
  • Attaching new webbing, hessians, calico, top fabric and trim
  • Identifying, choosing and sourcing appropriate upholstery fabric; pro’s and con’s of different fabrics; Martindale Test
  • Sourcing trim, braid or decorative nails;
  • Simple wood cleaning and reviving techniques, small project repair
  • Handouts available
  • Email a photo of your project prior to the course to and check out the FAQs page for guidance and advice.   Feel free to email me if you think you need advice on a project.

Fee:  £170 includes all materials used in the workshop

Tea & coffee and biscuits are available.


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