On Going Upholstery Course


“Begin at the beginning then go on til you come to the end  then stop.” Lewis Carol

If our fast track course isn’t for you then perhaps our ongoing leisurely course is more suited to your schedule. This course will be ongoing and is set to run every other Wednesday (starting on 1st April 2020). It is pre booked in blocks of 4 or 6 consecutive sessions. The class size is kept at just 4 so spaces are very limited. Once the course is full there will be a waiting list for future students to sign up to. As soon as an existing student is no longer continuing with the course, the waiting list will be notified and given the option of joining. 

You will be guided through key projects in order to learn the skills needed to tackle projects on your own. There is a suggested list of projects and an ideal order to bring them, in order to progress in a natural and easy way. However, if you have something outside of this list or wish to do things in a different order then this can of course be discussed.

The course will be overseen by Bear, the studio dog, so make sure you’re on your best behaviour or your pockets are lined with bacon.

What is covered on the course

Techniques on using hand tools safely and effectively.

Upholstery skills. To include traditional stuffing and stitched techniques, using springs, modern upholstery with foam, deep and shallow buttoning, finishing off with double piping and hand stitching.

Wood restoration/French polishing and basic frame repairs.

Basic sewing machine techniques. To include making single and double piping, zip panels and useful pining and sewing tips.

An optional extra at the end of the course is a Business advice day – a session to help you with key topics that are essential to any business such as; branding, photography techniques, social media, how to market your business, how to cost up a job, safety laws to abide by, setting up trade accounts with key suppliers, gaining an accreditation from the AMUSF and anything in between. I will run one or two of these days per year and they will be free for people on this course to attend.

Key projects 

A drop in seat.

A traditionally stuffed and stitched dining chair, to include wood restoration or paint/finishing techniques to achieve a fresh new look.

A sprung nursing chair – to be traditionally stuffed and stitched and French polishing techniques on any show wood.

A deep buttoned project – this can be a footstool, headboard or similar. Other projects with deep buttoning can be brought along if discussed beforehand to ensure they’re not too big a task.

A wing back – a Parker Knoll is ideal as the frames are always well made but any wingback is fine to bring.

A certificate is provided upon successful completion of all projects on this course.

This course is open to total beginners or those with a bit of experience. If you have a lot of experience then we can discuss making some of your projects a bit more challenging.

If you have any questions regarding this course then please get in touch. You are also welcome to arrange a time to pop into the studio for a chat and make sure you have a look at our gallery page or social media for photos of some students’ projects.

*if you’re not local then there is a huge selection on accommodation on Airbnb and on line or you can always contact me for some suggestions too.