2 day upholstery course in York City Centre

Upholstery Weekend at Rogues Atelier, York


Learn to upholster a dining or bedroom chair, using age old upholstery techniques: webbing, stuffing, stitching the seat pad into shape, tensioning of fabrics and develop an eye for the finishing details.

The weekend is scheduled for you to be able to complete a chair with a traditionally upholstered chair seat.

Please be aware that a chair with a back and/or arms will very likely take longer than 1 weekend.

Modern foam upholstery can also be accommodated.

I'm happy to advise on suitable furniture and fabric.

Points to remember:
- I cannot accommodate a big item like a sofa.
- Please don't bring anything that needs machine sewing unless you are competent at using a sewing machine! You are very welcome to bring your own machine along...
- Tartan or velvet is very tricky, please bring something else for your first attempt.
- You will need to strip your chair down before the course to save valuable time.

I am a City and Guilds Traditional and Modern Upholsterer and trained at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds.

I have been upholstering on and off for 20 years and have run Upholstery and Soft Furnishings workshops for City of York Council. I'm known for my straight forward approach and believe that my students need to understand each stage thoroughly. I'll make sure you get it right.

My workshops are good fun and hard work! You will be on your feet for most of the day - so comfy clothes and shoes are a must. My studio has a cement floor... you will need thick soled boots to keep you warm in winter.

By lunchtime I will need a very quiet break! That means everyone out for food. Rogues Atelier Studio is in Fossgate - a thriving city street full of great independent restaurants and cafes in the heart of York.

There is central city car parking very close by. Your furniture can be dropped off with me before you park.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided for traditional upholstery (within reason), apart from any springs (if needed), your top cover and braid.

If you have a small sofa or armchair expect to pay a little more for the extra you need. We can talk about that before you book.

For modern foam based upholstery you may have to bring your own foam, it's just too bulky for me to keep lots in stock - I'm happy to advise what you will need. You will have use of all my tools, however if you want to use an electric staple gun for your work then you will have to bring your own as too many of mine have ended up falling on the floor and breaking...

Teas and coffees are free of charge and available on tap!


Jo Walton at What Jo did next


Rogue's Atelier Studios
28a Fossgate
North Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


2 days (9:30am to 4:45pm)

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Lesley Evans - - #35459

I took a wing-backed chair to revamp it. WOW, JO certainly knows her craft inside and out. Such an experienced tutor, yet friendly, approachable, so professional and s wonderful artist who shone through so much talent. Even when I took the dreaded tartan material which is not recommended at all, so hard to match. But Jo helped me when I was clearly out of my depth, giving me so much confidence to do more at home. Plus the lovely tea as and when required and a lovely group of like-minded people. Just FABULOUS. Can't wait for my next course with Jo. Don't be worried or nervous to try a new skill, Jo is one of the best tutors I've ever had, and I've done lots of courses over the years. ( Just don't take tartan material. Lol)

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Alex Gadsby - - #34801

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Suzanne & Terry - - #26009

Had great two days. Learned much. Jo is excellent tutor offering as much or little support and info as needed. Everything explained well. Recommend course. Terry May be reupholstering the whole house when we get back home. Thank you Jo.

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Debra Willison - - #17593

I took an old wingback chair and wanted to learn how to recover it. My recovering was a quirky one. So I called before I signed up to the course to check first.

Jo explained " normally on your first attempt, nothing huge( mine was) no checked material ( I did) leather not advisable (I did)".

But Jo was great, she asked me to send pictures so she could advice and I explained I was crafty minded, she gave advice before I even signed up to the course.

Jo was always there to advise and assist throughout the day and explained each step, but also allowed you to get on with it, so you were learning by doing it.

I picked up a lot of new skills not just from doing my chair but from all the other people on the course too. I also changed my mind on my fabric choice on the first day. But my chair was brilliant I loved how it turned out.

The whole weekend was nice and relaxing and your so close to the York town centre and all the street cafes. Totally recommend it!

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Jackie Lewis - - #12499

Very enjoyable two day course - the time flies. Jo teaches traditional techniques and her advice and expertise is invaluable. I learnt so much but Jo also gives you the confidence to go on to tackle further projects at home. I did four dining chair seats but was able to see and learn from others who were doing more ambitious projects. Absolutely recommend this course, thank you.

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Maria Tuffs - - #12497

What a fun two days!
Jo was an excellent tutor. Advising where necessary and overseeing that instructions were being carried out. I stripped the chair prior to attending the course. I had taken my top cover fabric with me, but all other materials were provided along with tools to carry out the work. The chair was an ambitious project but Jo guided me through the basics with patience, and I will finish the project at home. There were seven of us in the group, ladies and a man. Interesting to see such a variety of projects and the pleasure to see completed items. I fully recommend this course.

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Rowena - - #11056

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vikki Fillingham - - #9139

I attended Jo's weekend course in May. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting like minded 'up cycling' people and got as much from watching other people's chairs transforming over the two days as I did from learning how to upholster my modern high backed dining chair. Jo's focus is teaching traditional upholstery methods no staple guns! she is a great teacher - patient and down to earth and there was lots of laughter over the couple of days. The studio is very relaxing and the walls showcase some of Jo's artwork - it was such an inspiring environment but not daunting even though most of us were novices when it came to upholstery and not traditional artists. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Jo's course. A really refreshing and inspiring weekend

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Jackie Ward - - #5608

A fantastic weekend. Jo was an excellent instructor who obviously enjoyed her craft and sharing a huge range of skills. The relaxed atmosphere and great company made two days of hard work fly by and the delight of completing a chair to be proud of was amazing. I will certainly be booking again!

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Kathryn - - #4814

Loved every minute of my upholstery weekend with Jo. I learnt so much in a great relaxed atmosphere and came away with a gorgeous upholstered chair I couldn't quite believe I did! Can't wait to get started on my next project. Thanks Jo for all your tuition and patience. The best course I have ever done.

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Yvonne - - #4755

Weekend upholstery workshop with Jo excellent in all respects. Good company and knowledgeable tuition with a light touch. Very enjoyable and informative with a successful outcome - chair completed!

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John - - #4153

This course allows a complete beginner to achieve results that look professional in only two days. Good workshop space and a small group with expert tuition makes for a great learning experience. I would recommend this course.

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Corinne - - #4137

Two days later and I am still buzzing from the course. Fantastic teacher. Great atmosphere. I learnt so much and I cant wait to get started on my next chair. Thank you Jo.

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Jacqueline - - #4136

I've just completed Jo's upholstery course and I'm thrilled at what I achieved. I upholstered a bench seat using foam and covered 2 dining chairs. Although I didn't choose to do a traditional seat like the others I still feel I learned what to do by following the other students. The studio is right in the middle of the city, a perfect location to explore after the course, and to enjoy the local cafes at lunchtime. I'd highly recommend this course.

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Chris Berridge - - #2955

I attended Jo's weekend course a month ago with the traditionally sprung back seat base from my vintage Austin and a leather hide. I now have a well shaped and comfortable seat upholstered in leather, and I did it myself! This was an enjoyable and relaxing weekend with a good tutor. Jo is an expert upholsterer but she also knows how to teach. I liked the fact that I was able to do the work myself but Jo was there to guide and show me whenever I needed it. She took a great interest in the actual job I was doing and understood the appearance I wanted to achieve. All excellent and good fun - thank you.

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Jo massingham - - #2748

Returned home from attending Jo Walton's upholstery weekend the proud owner of a rather spanking upholstered chair by me!!! Jo was an excellent teacher oozing with knowledge..... Very patient......beautiful studio to work in , really relaxing.... Thank you Jo for sharing .

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Rebekah Horner - - #1857

I had a 1900's small sofa that was in desperate need of a makeover. I took it to Jo's class to learn how to recover/upholster it. It turn out fabulously. Jo was on hand to advise and assist throughout the day and explained and demonstrated things clearly. I picked up a number of new skills and would feel quite confident in having a go at another piece of furniture on my own. The class is nice and relaxed and is excellent value for money. Totally recommend it!

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