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2 day traditional upholstery workshop


About the Course

This is an intensive 2 day Traditional Upholstery course based in central Bristol. £260 for 2 days including lunch and snacks.

Bring your own piece of furniture to work on over the course.

Alternatively you can buy a footstool from us. Our footstools are made by a local carpenter and you use all the traditional skills to upholster it from scratch. You only need to bring 1m of top fabric to cover it in.

No previous experience in required to attend an intensive workshop. You work at your own pace. There is a maximum of 4 students.

My Workshop is based in Montpellier in central Bristol. Please look at my website for course dates.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools are available for you to use while you are here so you only need to bring the top fabric for your project with you.
Tea, coffee and water is offered all day.
Lunch is provided on each day of the course.
All sundry workshop supplies are included (tacks, glue and twine) and you can buy any upholstery materials needed to complete your project in the quantities you need (eg calico, horse hair, hessian, wadding, webbing.....) although if you buy a footstool all the materials needed are included and there are no extra costs. You are also welcome to bring your own upholstery supplies with you if you already have a supplier.


Karen Shields at Badger Upholstery
15 Wellington Lane
Montpelier, Bristol
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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2 days (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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- - #25821

I absolutely loved my 2 days at Karen’s workshop! I learned so much and am delighted with the progress I made on my chair. Karen is warm and welcoming and very supportive. She shares her expertise and skills step by step, helping each person to work on their own chair to their own liking. I really liked it that I learned about processes not needed for my chair, from watching what the other people were doing. An added bonus is the delicious and convivial lunch we shared. I can’t recommend this course highly enough and I will definitely return. Thank you Karen!

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- - #21788

This is a fantastic course. Karen was amazing. She helped us all to make great progress with our projects. I’m so thankful for the help in giving my Gran’s old chair a new lease of life.
Also a special thank you to Karen’s husband for the amazing lunches and daughter for the spectacular baked treats!
Would highly recommend.
Thank you Karen.

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- - #21787

Karen is a great teacher who set our expectations from the start. I almost finished my chair but left with the skills and materials to finish the project at home. It was a great weekend, I learnt lots and ate even more of the delicious food and snacks provided! Will definitely be coming back to learn more and finish other projects. Thank you

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- - #21227

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- - #21216

I absolutely loved this course. Karen is a patient teacher who is clearly passionate about upholstery. I wanted to sign up for another course straight away. I’ll definitely be back for more!

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- - #18722

Karen was a delight to work with. I learned how to deep-button a footstool.
She let’s you do your own work with guidance as needed. I felt completely empowered and had a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Oh! And did I mention the food? Delicious and healthy.

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- - #18706

Absolutely loved this course. Upholstery has always been something that I wanted to train in and Karen is most definitely the person that I would go to if you want to learn. You have everything you need in the workshop and Karen was so welcoming. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I loved the home cooked lunch, was not excepting that! I will definitely be returning with another project to further my skills. I had such an amazing day!

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- - #11802

Fantastic course! A great way to spend a weekend, Karen was energetic and very knowledgeable, an excellent teacher. The atmosphere in the workshop was lovely and it was great working alongside other people creating something. As Karen keeps the classes small she's able to devote a lot of time to you. Even though I didn't finish my chair I'm amazed at how much I did get done and Karen was very supportive in helping me finish it after the weekend. I'm hooked on upholstery now and if I had the time and funds I''d probably be back every week! The food was great too!

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- - #9785

I was a total beginner but managed to get 1 and a half chairs reupholstered. Karen was calm, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient, and the 3 of us had a great couple of days. Lovely food too! I would highly recommend it to people of all skill levels.

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- - #7695

Really enjoyed my time on this course. Never had any upholstery experience before but it didn't matter, truely a course for beginners upwards.

Karen is really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Her and her "support team" (husband and kids) were uber accommodating and welcoming.

Really pleased with what I have done. Didn't get the chair finished in the 2 days, but Karen has continued to give me support via the evening classes and email.

An added bonus to an already amazing weekend was the fabulous home made food!!!

Would definitely recommend!

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- - #7609

I had never done any upholstery before but decided to do this two day course to cover an old chair. Karen was so lovely. She has great teaching skills explaining in detail every step of the way. Although not finished Karen is happy to always give advise via email or phone. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody. Karen and her family provide food and drink continually during the day. The homemade lunch is particularly delicious

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- - #7369

I have just spent the weekend on this upholstery course and can honestly say it was a fabulous experience. Karen is an excellent teacher full of knowledge and enthusiasm. From the moment we arrived Karen and her famiily made us feel welcome and relaxed. There were 3 of us on the course and although we all brought different projects, she managed our time well so that very moment was productive. I came away feeling very proud of what I had achieved and, inspired to take on a second project. I would highly recommend Karen and will definitely be back to learn more........................ Thank you Karen

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- - #6289

I loved this weekend! Karen is a natural teacher and the atmosphere is relaxed and homely. Even so the course is intensive with lots of techniques to learn. There is a lot of 1:1 teaching and excellent support throughout all stages plus detailed handouts and email support. I purchased the footstool kit which I highly recommend; I was able to learn a series of essential upholstery skills in one weekend that I can use on projects in the future, making the weekend excellent value for money. Plus, I have a beautiful and unique piece of furniture for my home! Karen's workshop is well equipped with plenty of space and all the materials you are likely to use. Lunch and refreshments are included and Karen's daughter even baked us a cake! I'm looking forward to visiting again and I am already planning my next project.

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- - #5583


An amazing and enjoyable course. Karen is very professional with remarkable skills, equipped with a complete workshop where you can also purchase tools and materials. The atmosphere is very relaxed and I learnt so much in a short time plus... The homemade biscuits and lunches were delicious. There is no doubt that I will return with a different project to learn another technique.

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