This skills-packed upholstery course is designed to introduce tools and techniques to budding upholsterers. Training for three full days, students build up their techniques working on an antique dining chair, and a modern footstool with shallow buttoning. These projects cover two important modules in an upholsterer's repertiore: traditional upholstery with hair and hessian; modern upholstery built with foam and equivalent materials. These skills will enable students to confidently carry on upholstering a wide range of furniture at home, from chairs to headboards and ottomans (ottomen?). The course also serves as an important first-step for students considering the professional upholstery diploma.
Module One: Upholster a drop-in or pin-stuffed seat - traditional methods Using hands tools which have been used by generations of craftspeople, you will learn the correct techniques for webbing a frame, building up a hair pad, and fitting calico to create a perfect domed shape. You will make the chair uniquely yours with the top fabric, and learn to confidently tackle achieving perfect corners – the hallmark of a professional upholsterer.
Module Two: Upholster a shallow buttoned footstool - modern methods With post-1950s furniture featuring increasingly in re-upholstery work, modern upholstery skills are vital. In this module you will build your footstool frame using foam to create the padded top. Students will be encouraged to think creatively about their choices of fabric and use of buttons. The stool can be made using a simple frame or solid wooden board and ready-made furniture legs.
Class duration: Three days, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Forthcoming dates: Fri 13th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th Nov 2020 FULL Fri 26th, Sat 27th & Sun 28th March 2021 BOOKING NOW Wed 26th, Thurs 27th & Fri 28th May 2021 BOOKING NOW Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd October 2021 BOOKING NOW Fee: £285 Suitability: Suitable for beginners
The full course cost is £275. A non-returnable deposit of £150 is due when booked to reserve your place. The remainder is due at the start of the first week. To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org We will answer any questions you may have and give you bank transfer details. Your booking will be confirmed when deposit payment is received.
What do you need to bring? To enjoy the course to its full potential, you should bring a drop-in or pin-stuffed dining chair and a modern footstool for reupholstery. The stool can be a frame or solid wood base with legs. Upholstery materials and sundries are available for use on the course. Please note: we need a minimum number of bookings to run this course. We reserve the right to cancel the course and will give you two weeks notice if we do. If the course does not run, we will re-imburse you the full amount paid.
"Thank you very much for an outstanding course. I have come away with a wealth of knowledge that will continue to help me to grow as an upholsterer" Ben, Wiltshire 2019