Ever wanted to recover that shabby chair that you love so much? These workshops can teach you how to rebuild the chair, if necessary, with a variety of basic and more advanced techniques, depending on the chair or piece of furniture. We also have some furniture (bed heads, ottomans) that we can supply wood frames for that you build from scratch. If you love funriture, working on handicrafts and fabric and interior design, this is the course for you
At our upholstery classes, you will learn traditional and modern upholstery techniques, at your own pace, with a tutor's guidance at all times.
Tools for your use in the workshop and you buy from us the sundries (tacks, hessian, calico etc) you need. We can also get you tools to buy at good prices (usually next-day delivery).
Coffee and tea on site, lunch is provided for full-day classes
You will learn how to recreate your piece of furniture. Our upholstery lessons will show you how to:
using a webbing stretcher to obtain maximum tension
depending on the piece you choose
add or replace stuffing
this can be horsehair, coir or other natural materials
stitch the stuffings in
using blind-stitching and a stitch-edged roll give your seat its shape and sturdiness
re-cover the seat
bring your own material for the top cover or let our design service help you choose from fabrics, most of which can be ordered for next day delivery
do deep buttoning
often used for further decoration of larger surfaces
use tools and what the sundries you need are for
all the tools you need will be provided at the workshop, and the sundries can be bought from us
rebuild and repair seat frames
most repairs can be done in the workshop, if not, we have a local wood repairer we can recommend and send furniture to
use foam to rebuild modern furniture
find out how to cut and fix foam to your seat, and cover it with polyester wadding for a luxurious finish
Description Learn traditional and modern upholstery or chair caning. This workshop is suitable for beginners who have never done any upholstery or chair caning before, as well as those who are more experienced or in the middle of a project. Allowing for lunch, the workshop may not end until 4.00pm. Required Skills Suitable for Beginners and those with some experience. Teaching Method Demonstration, handouts, technique worksheets, class discussion, hands-on help, an awareness of the work other students are doing etc. Outcomes The pleasure and satisfaction of learning new skills in a busy and friendly workshop. Materials required The tutor has a good selection of tools for loan during the day. All materials are available at an advantageous cost, as are any specialist tools that students may like to take home. Please read on for what you must bring and what is useful: A camera, ring binder for work sheets and notepad are essential to record all details for reference. For those choosing upholstery, a piece of furniture is essential (frame in good repair) – dining room and bedroom chairs and stools are suitable for beginners. If you have side cutters, pliers, an old screwdriver, wooden mallet and tack lifter please bring these but do not buy them specially. For those choosing chair caning, a piece of furniture is essential - beginners should bring a chair or stool with a flat seat. You will also need two old tea towels, a large ice-cream tub or similar, an empty household cleaning spray bottle, Stanley knife and scissors or better still a small pair of sharp side cutters. More advanced projects include armchairs, tub chairs, captain chairs and chairs with curves, sunburst patterns and medallions in the backs. Other projects that could be undertaken include headboards, room screens, ottomans etc. If you would like to contact Helen, your tutor,
A basic upholstery course for a beginner to jump start your knowledge of traditional upholstery skills and tools.Over six evenings or a weekend, experienced upholsterer Rachael South will fast track you through the wonderful world of upholstery and help you build a fabulous footstool using traditional methods. Choose from our selection of top fabrics, or bring your own, and squeal with delight when you see the gracious cabriole legs that your footstool will be fitted with. Don't worry about lugging a heavy piece of furniture around town, you can leave your work at The Goodlife Centre between classes if you choose. Plenty of guidance in a small group with a great tutor. All of our upholstery classes are for absolute beginners. It doesn't matter which one you choose to take first. Each technique that is offered is part of all the processes that every upholsterer has to learn. KEY PROCESS: TRADITIONALLY BUILT AND SEWED Before the advent of foam in the middle of the twentieth century, the only way to make wooden seats more comfortable was to build up layers using available materials. The small fabric footstool is built from layers of woven webbing, hessian, vegetable fibre, animal hair and calico and is sewn with specialist needles and stitches. Although this method is more labour intensive than the modern method of using foam, it is much longer lasting and preferred in more expensive pieces of furniture.
Learn basic traditional upholstery techniques whilst re-upholstering a drop-in seat. The workshop will include how to: use basic upholstery tools safely, web a seat, attach hessian, bridle and stuff using fibre, attach calico and fabric.
You will need to bring a drop-in seat (dining chair or small stool) stripped of previous upholstery and with any restoration work to frame complete, together with 1 metre of fabric. All upholstery materials will be provided on the day (approx. £10.00).
Equipment required : Notebook and pen, tape measure, pencil and scissors. You are welcome to bring and use your own tools, although upholstery tools will be available to use.
Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided.
This is a two-day course on traditional upholstery. Bring your own furniture to be re-upholstered under the supervision of a professional upholsterer. Learn the tricks of the trade and save money at the same time! There are only nine places, so early booking is advisable. A dining chair, or a stool, or two drop-in seats would be the ideal subject for this course as, realistically, there is not time to do any more than this. If you do not have anything suitable, the tutor can provide new frames to be upholstered, which have the advantage of being sound, but please let us know in advance. If you do bring your own furniture, please make sure that it is completely wobble-free beforehand (see courses on furniture restoration). And it saves time to strip it of old upholstery, but bring it with you in a bag as the tutor likes to re-use where possible.
This course is popular, so we do run a reserve list.
Upholstery workshop at Branston Hall Hotel. This workshop can be booked with or without accommodation. Learn the art and skill of upholstery on this two day course. Lunch and refreshments included.
These are taught by Geraldine Gunner, who has an HND with distinction in Traditional Upholstery and has been teaching for twenty years.
When your elderly chair has lost its luxury or that dearly-loved sofa is starting to look a little dreary, Wellhead Upholstery will help you bring it back to life.
When is the course? Upholstery, 18th May (10:00-16:00) What will I learn? Why not recover that old chair, stool or bench that’s looking past its prime? Jeff will take you through step by step how to recover the piece of your choice. So you can staple gun your way to a fantastic new piece of furniture. On the upholstery course you will learn the basics of how to re-upholster, how to line up patterns on fabric and lots of tips and tricks to allow you to get a professional finish on all of your re-upholstery projects. Who will be teaching? Jeff has his own upholstery business and has been in the trade for over 15 years. He is an excellent teacher and is happy to help everyone learn the tricks of the trade. What will I make? On the Upholstery course you will re cover a piece of furniture of your choice we recommend that you choose a smallish project as you will only have a day to complete it and the more complex the project the less likely you are to finish in the day. Plus we’re upstairs so what every you bring you’ll need to be able to carry it up the stairs What do I need to bring? Please bring with you the piece of furniture you’d like to re-cover if you are going to strip your piece before you come to maximise your time with Jeff’s help and advice then we recommend taking photographs as you remove the old covering as this will help you to remember how it goes back together. Try not to rip or tear the old covering as you remove it as you may need to use it a template to create a pattern for your new covering. You will also need to bring around 1-3 metres (depending on the size of your piece & the pattern repeat) of fabric ideally fabric that does not stretch as this is the easiest to work with. Who is this Upholstery course for? Upholstery is great to learn the basics to take on those home decor projects, no experience is required but if you have taken on basic projects and are looking to expand your skills Jeff will be happy to help with some more advanced techniques. How many will be on the course? Our classes are limited to 10-12 per session to make sure that everyone gets all of the help that they need to produce great results & take home something to be proud of. What is included? This course includes all of the materials that you will need on the day to complete your upholstery project, the use of all tools is also included. You will of course be able to take home your piece that you make on the day which is included in the price of the workshop but if there are any tools or materials that you would like to buy to continue with your new found upholstery skills, most of them will be available to buy on the day from our craft shop. Where is the course held? This course will take place in our Craft Studio at Northumberland Street, North Shields, NE301DS. Our Craft Studio is about 8 miles from Newcastle City Centre and is less than 10 minutes walk from either Tynemouth or North Shields Metro Station. We have a light airy studio which is upstairs, with tea & coffee facilities for refreshments. Lunch? Tea and coffee is included in the price, but you will have to bring a packed lunch with you on the day.
Upholstery of two chairs with Drop-in seat using both modern and traditional techniques.
Upholstery is a craft which is learnt over long time with plenty of practice, but can be very rewarding and fun once you have learnt it. If you have ever wondered how to practice or develop your upholstery skills, then our two day workshop is the ideal one for you, where we will provide you with relevant, practical applications and basic skills enabling you to create easy individual items of upholstery with confidence.
On this two day workshop students will discuss and learn following subjects:
- Hand tools, equipments and useful books
- Striping and preparing a chair
- Attaching webbing, hessian, foam, calico, wadding, and polyester to build up your chair using modern technique.
- Attaching webbing, hessian, twines, horse hair/fibre, calico, wadding and polyester to build up your chair using traditional technique.
- Supplier's list and trade account
- How to set up an upholstery business
- How to set up a workshop and market your products
- Plenty of professional tips and hints
If you require a time not shown here then please send a booking request via Hotcourses and specify your desired date when sending the booking request.
Suitable for beginners and fun for advanced learners. 10 week workshop. Wednesday nights. 6:30pm - 9pm. The Goodlife Centre is proud to have secured the teaching skills of Jan Dodd, an experienced trained teacher in all aspects of re-upholstery for a longer ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ series of classes. Jan teaches the history and practice of all styles of upholstery as you learn to cover your own choice of work. We provide the use of all upholstery tools and equipment including compressed air staple guns. Basic upholstery materials that you require for your project will be moderately charged on a pay-as-you-use basis and will be dependant on each chair’s requirements. We can advise you on the purchase of your top fabric and we have a lovely library of fabric samples to help make up your mind. The Goodlife Centre sells all the basic tools and materials for use on on projects worked on at home. CHOOSING A SUITABLE CHAIR-If you are a newcomer to upholstery- There are a couple of pointers to help you choose a chair to work on. Choose something that has one or two FLAT planes- A seat and a back- as curves and arms are difficult. The floral chair on the right is typical of what can be accomplished in 12 weeks. If you are a complete beginner, you could bring something more simple such as an upholstered footstool. More experienced upholsters can bring more complex pieces. Your chair can traditionally built or modern, but be aware that some modern pieces have been constructed using machinery and are difficult to re create by hand. Unfortunately, we have very limited storage at the centre, so we can only store smaller pieces during the course. Please make sure the total dimensions are less than a metre high and 750mm wide. This is a fantastic chance to up-cycle and personalise a family piece you have at home or a junk shop find and a great way to immerse yourself into the wonderful world of upholstery. The course are suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic knowledge but little experience who wish to extend their expertise. This 10 week course (6.30pm - 9pm) is available on Wednesday evenings in April, May, June and July.
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