Had a great week at Polliander.
Polly was an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable. I brought an old chair found at a boot fair so I was very excited to have a go (I couldn’t have brought a lovely dining chair). I thought that would be too easy, I was amazed at how skilful you need to be for any upholstery.
Polly went through everything thoroughly, the hand stitching, the lashing of springs and how to get the webbing perfect. Sophie and Helen the other students were very friendly, we were all glad that there was only us three because Polly found time to help all of us through every step. We were treated to a lovely lunch every day and tea/coffee and biscuits when ever we needed them. I could have easily stayed another week it was relaxing and therapeutic for me, just loved the whole process. Can’t wait to have another chair to work on and I would probably do another course with Polly or a weekend if I find something more than I can cope with like a chaise longue. Crazy. Just had such a good week.


Well I decided to do an upholstery course, something for me, I have never done or even looked into it before. So I found Polly’s course in Falmouth somewhere I had never been before, jumped on a plane and took a week in Polly’s lovely light and airy studio, easy to find and parking right outside the door.
Polly was very patient with a very slow learner! She is very knowledgeable with a down to earth approach, always on hand to explain or get you out of a tiny wee mistake! We had some lovely lunches with non stop teas and coffees all day, and my favourite biscuits to hand.
I went into this course with very little understanding of upholstery, and came away with a beautiful little chair, which my mum and I are very proud of and the courage to have a go at tackling something else, albeit I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. Thank you Polly for a great week and to Janet and Sophie my fellow students for the diverse conversations and laughs.


A very big thank you for a wonderful 5 day course.
I can’t believe how much we covered and feel confident to get on with future work on my own. Your passion and enthusiasm is infectious and a real tonic.
To everyone reading this – don’t wait and book a course now – you won’t regret it. I certainly will recommend Polly to everyone I meet in the hope they meet this excellent tutor.


As upholstery tutors go, Polly is up there with the best of them. I can’t recommend taking one of her classes enough. Her ‘can do’ approach, teamed with her wicked sense of humour and years of experience in the industry is infectious and you’ll be tackling that chaise before you know it! I enjoyed every minute in her class and learnt so much – enough in fact to do this chair (*see butterfly chair image on upholstery page). Happy Upholstering x

Samantha Traynor

I have just spent 2 weeks with Polly learning about upholstery and following through on a long term pipe dream of learning to upholster! I took a leap of faith after seeing Polly’s upholstery course online and I am so pleased I found it, I couldn’t recommend Polly enough!
From her delightful studio in beautiful Cornwall to her personal and intimate approach to teaching, Polly is a creative, intelligent, patient, perfectionist helping you learn the art of deconstruction and reconstruction of furniture traditionally and comprehensively! The course is extremely reasonably priced, the teaching is clear and creative and you even get a tailor made delicious lunch to boot!
I feel inspired and excited about applying all Polly has taught me and excited to be returning regularly for top up / specialist teachings. Polly’s a wealth of knowledge and so lovely. Can’t wait to come back!

Leanne Fry

The perfect way to spend a weekend.

I adventured down to Cornwall for a much needed escape from the big city – to learn how to upholster by the seaside. I had bought some dining chairs a while back with the vision to give them a new lease of life only I didn’t actually know how to do that…

When I arrived at the studio I was greeted with a very warm welcome. The studio is a really lovely space to work in. Polly knows her trade inside out and is very passionate about her trade. Her attention to detail is really quite something. Over the course of a weekend I learnt how to strip back my chairs and rebuild the coverings with my chosen fabrics.

My chairs now look absolutely brilliant in their colorful new skin and after my weekend course with Polly I feel confident enough to up-holster similar items again myself in the future.

I’ll be back Polly – next time to tackle an arm chair! Thank you very much.

Sophie Fletcher

The lovely Polly taught my course at the Good life Center in London last year – we all had a fab time, learnt lots and laughed lots too. Learning upholstery has come with its ups and downs for me but it was great to be taught by Polly with her optimistic, can do attitude – whatever random projects I showed up with (tiny ottoman that started life as an apple crate anyone?). Having been taught by Polly has given me both confidence and a great foundation of skills to build on, I’m sure her new studio will be fab and I look forward to visiting sometime soon!

Kirsti Hummel

I had a really good week at Polly’s studio! Very excellent teaching, she really knows her business and is also really helpful and supportive. A lovely atmosphere for learning and being able to reupholster beautiful chairs and have a good old chat!

Claire Hewlett

What a fabulous way to spend a weekend. Polly makes the learning so easy and effortless, any hic cups and she quickly shows you how to sort yourself out. The workshop is bright and airy with plenty of room to do your project. Polly’s knowledge and passion ensures you have the best training and experience. I shall hopefully be back for more THANK YOU 

Tracy Okeeffe

I just wanted to drop you a message to thank you. I had the BEST time last week. You are a very compassionate teacher and a vessel of invaluable knowledge. I couldn’t have chosen a better tutor to begin my upholstery journey with. 

Please give Bear a big squeeze from me, she helped when I needed 5 minutes away from the staple gun and just needed a hug 🙂

Keep doing exactly what you are doing, you do it so well.

All the best,


Hi Polly, a moment out of the chaoticness that is my life recently to say a big thank you for last weeks upholstery course, I thoroughly enjoyed it…apart from the Y cuts  its not an exaggeration to say it was bliss to be so absorbed in something completely new and that didn’t involve hospitals!

Currently sat in the old ex wing back, enjoying the afternoon sun with a mug of tea, contemplating the slip/ladder/castle stitch, have to say even without the seat cushion the old chair is more comfortable than it has been in years..and it no longer creaks!

Will drop in soon with pins and money.

Hope dear Bear also enjoying sunshine

Thank you again,

Jude x

My week course with Polly was brilliant, I turned up with a rather knackered vintage chair which it turned out needed rebuilding from scratch (I had to rebuild springs, original straw and horse hair stuffing even before getting to the finesse of the hessian, wadding, calico and top material layers). I went away having had a fun week, the chair 90% completed and with the confidence to complete it at home. Polly has an infectious encouraging, positive and friendly style which made the experience very rewarding and enjoyable. I couldn’t recommend her and her courses more highly.

Andy Page