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5 week upholstery leisure course (flexible start dates)

Traditional & Modern Upholstery 5 Week Course

About the Course

This course runs continuously throughout the year giving you a flexible start date to fit around you
Open to all experience levels from beginner to improver, you will learn how to strip away existing upholstery, clean and carry out basic repairs, polish or paint the show wood before building up the upholstery using traditional or modern methods sympathetic to your project.

There is no restriction to the type of furniture you bring with you, as long as you can transport it to and from the training room, however if this is your first project a drop in seat, headboard or footstool is ideal.

Based in the historical village of Castor between Stamford & Peterborough, we are a working farm situated on the Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire borders surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside.

Sarah trained as an upholsterer through the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Specialising in traditional upholstery and restoration, she is incredibly enthusiastic about her craft and is highly respected by her ever increasing client base.

Sarah has been teaching one to one in her studio since 2012 and now runs workshops & courses in upholstery and lampshade making in a dedicated training room at the farm.

With a maximum of 4 students you will receive a high level of individual tuition.

All experience levels welcome, from complete beginner to improvers.

To book: please call or email via the form above and you will be sent a booking form.
To secure your place, a deposit of 25% is required with the balance due 1 month before your start date. If you need to cancel for any reason you can book onto another course or a full refund will be provided as long as you cancel within 2 weeks of your start date, after this time a cancellation fee of £25 will be charged. We reserve the right to cancel the course if we get insufficient bookings and will aim to provide you with 10 days notice, your fee will be fully refunded.

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?

Includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day.

Tools are provided along with protective eye wear and aprons, if you prefer to use your own feel free to bring them with you.

Everything is included apart from your top fabric and thread , if you wish to bring your own sewing machine along please do so.

There's secure parking at the farm and everything is on the ground floor so no stairs to negotiate.


Sarah at Sarah Wood Upholstery & Lampshades
Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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5 weeks (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Next available date

29th October 2020


In-person course
- - #29308

Thank you, Thank you - Sarah you are an amazing teacher!!!

As you know I was a little nervous about taking my chair apart, the transformation is brilliant and so professional. My husband loves it and he’s the only one allowed to sit in it.

This is the second time I’ve booked a course with Sarah and I can’t recommend her classes enough. She explains the processes to suit your learning style. I’ve been on a number of courses, this is the only one where I’m leaving with the confidence to embark on a upholstery project at home. The training room is a great learning space equipped with everything you need.

Sarah provides refreshments throughout the day and a lovely lunch.

If you’re looking to learn upholstery, Sarah’s your girl!!!

In-person course
- - #27680

I have just completed a 5 day upholstery course with Sarah. I was apprehensive as my skill level was non existent. However Sarah is an excellent teacher and soon builds up your skills and gives you the confidence to work on your chair.
Sarah is great at keeping you fuelled with biscuits, drinks and lunch. Her groups are friendly and small enough to learn and watch others completing many different projects. A great experience - thank you.

In-person course
- - #19086

It is a pleasure to work alongside and learn from Sarah. She is extremely knowledgable and shares her skills and experiences of upholstery generously. Sarah’s calm and friendly disposition, combined with clear explanations, make her a fantastic teacher.

The, well equipped, workshop is both practical and comfortable - an ideal space for Sarah’s personalised small group tuition.

I initially booked a five week upholstery course intending to develop a new skill however, I enjoyed my time so much that I am now persuing a diploma.

I highly recommend Sarah and her well informed tuition.

In-person course
- - #19070

I completed the 5 week course with Sarah and enjoyed it so much that I then began the diploma course.
Sarah is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent teaching skills.
Her lunches are lovely!
She really makes you feel at home,and I am thoroughly enjoying learning about the art of upholstery with Sarah.
I can thoroughly recommend her and her courses.

In-person course
- - #14832

I chose to do a day course with Sarah as she is registered with the AMUSF and having recently completed the AMUSF Diploma myself, I recognised the level of proficiency required by Sarah to be accredited with them.

I went with the specific aim to practice traditional upholstery techniques and found her to be informative, attentive and highly professional.

I enjoyed the experience so much I then booked and completed a traditional lampshade making course with her and would not hesitate in attending another course.

Thanks so much.

In-person course
- - #14786

i cannot recommend Sarah & her courses highly enough. Sarah is a patient and nurturing teacher. I was very nervous as I had no knowledge of upholstery.

I was so pleased with the results and never thought I could produce a chair and footstool with such a professional finish.

Sarah’s knowledge and ability to instruct in a way you can understand is excellent. I’ve learnt so much and have booked my 3rd course in August.

Look forward to seeing you in the summer to make ‘coir clouds’, Jx

In-person course
- - #14617

After spending two days with Sarah on her traditional lampshade making course, I was inspired to learn the art of upholstery. I have completed a number of 5 week courses since July 2017. I feel that I am now ready to embark on a career in upholstery. I have loved my time at the farm in Sarah’s training room and her lunches are fabulous. I will be returning to Sarah for further expert tuition as my business progresses. Many thanks as always.

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