Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.