Traditional Upholstery Workshop (2 days)


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This course allows you to bring along a project from home that you’ve always wanted to get around to, rejuvenating a chair or piece of furniture that otherwise looks a bit sad!

Course Dates:

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm

Price: £140 per person

Minimum age: 16


An introduction to traditional upholstery skills using a hammer, wooden tools, natural materials and tacks. There are no staplers or foam to be seen! 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 around the needs of you and your project, but as a guide, projects such as the following are suitable:
• Two Piano or Foot Stools, or two drop-in or over-stuffed chairs
• One nursing or sprung dining chair to be stripped, rebuilt and covered, or two that just need covering
• One winged or small armchair that just needs covering

(To learn the most skills from this course, the best project is a nursing or sprung dining chair that need all repair!)

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.

Please send a photo of your project to and do let Sophie know if you are in search of a project to restore – she might be able to help!


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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