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The course is ideal for complete beginners, improvers - anyone with a keen interest in the subject. It is designed to be very flexible to allow everyone to work on their own project at their own pace. During the course you will be guided through techniques to upholster your chosen item.


During the course we will cover the basics of:

o Assessment of individual items of furniture to determine the type of upholstery technique to use - Modern or Traditional.o Upholstery tools used in association with both types of upholstery and demonstration of their use safely.o Identifying /evaluating/measuring of materials and how they will be used, including planning and pattern matching your fabric.o Method and techniques - upholstering of an item of furniture using either Traditional methods; use of webbing, springs, hessian, hair, wadding, calico and tacks or Modern; use of foam, polyester wadding, calico, staples, and glue).o Colour and design principles, advice on finishing/shallow and deep buttoning/choice of fabric/use of decorative nails, trims & how to make double piping from your chosen fabric.o Working safely and healthily

Morning Sessions run from 10am to 12.30pm, afternoon sessions run from 2pm to 4.30pm. Our classes are limited to six participants so everyone has access to the space and support they need. You will need to bring:

- Please bring a small item to upholster; Dining chairs, small footstools, bar stools and childrens armchairs are all a perfect size for this class, if you have a specific project in mind requiring more time, there is always the option to book onto both morning and afternoon courses and immerse yourself for the whole day - you will also gain more from this course if you are able to complete tasks at home between classes – though this is not compulsory.- A Camera/Smart phone for recording techniques & creating a step-by-step record of your project for future reference.- A notebook, pen/pencil.- An Apron – it’s also advisable to wear old clothes and closed toed footwear, in the event of a dropped hammer or tacks! What's included:

- Full instructions and expert guidance will be provided on a range of upholstery techniques throughout the course.- Use of upholstery equipment will be provided. - Tea, coffee and biscuits


Please note: materials are not included – we can supply some materials to purchase during the course or advise where to purchase them from.

To save time - arrive with your project pre-stripped*, repaired and ready to go, always take a photo of your item before it has been stripped of its’ previous upholstery so that the tutor can discuss which method to use. *It is not always necessary to completely strip an item, as it may only require a change in top cover (fabric) it really depends on the condition and age, by gaining an understanding of how to assess an item, you can often save by recycling some of the materials. - Please do feel free to contact us for advice and we'll be happy to help.


TeacherElaine Muggeridge


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Beginner's Upholstery - 5 week course

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