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5-day traditional upholstery course

Upholstery stitched edge

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5-Day Traditional Upholstery Course

Upholstery is a very useful skill to learn and it’s possible to do excellent quality work with remarkably few specialist tools. You can also easily turn your new skills into a profitable paying hobby or small business, with some further practice.

Come and join us for a 5-day (35 hour) in-depth course which will give you all the basic professional skills needed to traditionally re-upholster a double overstuffed sprung chair seat. This course gives you all the basics of the 2-day workshop, plus a lot more.

No foam and staples here!!

You’ll learn:

Building the structure of the upholstery in 18 separate layers/processes:
~ webbing
~ stitching in springs
~ tying in springs
~ hessian layer
~ stitching in spring tops
~ bridle ties
~ coir stuffing
~ second hessian layer
~ through ties
~ edge stitching
~ roll edge stitching
~ second coir stuffing
~ cotton flocking layer
~ calico layer
~ wadding layer
~ top fabric layer
~ edging
~ bottom cloth.

How to deal with dodgy joints (the chair’s, not yours!!)
Bringing tired wood finishes back to life
Tips for safely stripping old upholstery
How to make elegant double piping for the edge finish
How to make buttons and how you would use them to make a buttoned chair back or headboard, for example.

Yep, it's a lot to get into a week, but we can!

Where are we? About 10 minutes from Blyth services on the A1M, so really easy to get to.

If you’re not local, accommodation is available at the Blyth Travel Lodge hotel, one or two B&B’s in Harworth and Bawtry or there’s a nearby site for caravans and campervans. We’re not affiliated with any of these and you will need to make your own arrangements with them.

If you’re coming by train, we’ll pick you up at the station and ferry you to and from your accommodation each day.

If the projected course dates conflict with other obligations you have, do contact me and we'll see if we can work it out. I can be flexible and it may be possible to organise another course which runs (for example) from Thursday to Monday, or Friday to Tuesday, or whatever suits us both.

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 materials needed to spring and upholster an upright chair
(you are welcome to bring your own top fabric but we’ll need to chat about it in advance)
~ A nice, usually antique chair to work on and take home
~ Use of all necessary tools
~ Refreshments on tap all day
~A good lunch of your choice each day

A £50 deposit on booking secures your place. This is non-refundable if you cancel and don't book another course, but it fully refundable in the unlikely event that I cancel.


Ann Walker at Unicorn Craft Courses
The Old Bulb Factory
Snape Lane
DN11 8SP
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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