Traditional Upholstery Workshop (2 days)


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This course teaches the foundations of upholstery techniques using an overstuffed dining chair as your starting point – bring along your own dining chair from home to rejuvenate!


2022 Workshop Dates:

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November


Time: 10am – 4pm, both days

Price: £140 per person

Minimum age: 16


An introduction to traditional upholstery skills using a magnetic hammer, wooden tools, natural materials and tacks. There are no staplers or foam to be seen here! Each stage has absorbing tactile elements which build your project step by step into a practical and beautiful piece of furniture for your home.

The course is structured on an overstuffed sprung dining chair (like in the picture), so please source one in need of a little care and bring it along with you if you can. I may have spares to sell if you cannot find one; just let me know.

By the end of the weekend you will be able to:

  • Carefully strip off the necessary upholstery layers ready to begin work
  • Repair any damage to the seat, and rebuild from scratch using traditional tools, materials and techniques
  • Apply an upholstery fabric of your choice, achieving all the upholstery tricks of cuts, corners and folds
  • Work towards completing your item of furniture, using hand stitching techniques and decorative trim

All materials will be provided to rejuvenate your chair, excluding your top fabric (1m will be plenty to work with). 

Please feel free to email if you have any questions regarding your project.


**Please Note**

Individual refreshments will be provided, but we ask that all participants bring their own lunch as we are not able to provide a shared lunch under current COVID guidelines.

When purchasing your ticket, please ensure you complete the form to make us aware of any health conditions or allergies as well as any additional support that you may need during your day with us.


About the tutor; Sophie Holt

Since specialising in textiles at college, Sophie has continued to develop her own practice through dressmaking, printmaking and horticulture, combining the use of natural fibres and dyes into her love of upholstery too.

She studied upholstery after leaving university and has since been self-employed with the skill, building clients in private and commercial sectors and teaching the craft to adults with learning or mental difficulties as a form of therapeutic learning. She is enthusiastic about practical learning and keen to share her knowledge and ideas with others.

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