About the Course
One year Essential Soft furnishings accredited course near Hemel Hempstead. This course runs one day per week for the full academic calendar, with highly experienced tutor Maggi Loughran.
This practical and hands on course has been developed by the AMUSF to deliver the skills and knowledge necessary for participants wishing to enter a career in soft furnishings, or to continue their learning with recognition by accreditation. Suitable for beginners with an interest in the field or those with some background in soft furnishing, textiles or upholstery, this course provides an invaluable pathway into soft furnishings.
The course runs over one academic year with local school holidays observed, including half terms. Classes will run from 10.00 – 17.00 on a Wednesday - please get in touch for the next start date.
During the course students will cover a number of practical assignments building a portfolio of samples and notes that will form part of the course work required. Current legislation for soft furnishings relating to products will be taught and students will also be given instruction on business set up. By the end of the course students will have successfully produced the following large scale projects:
• A pair of full length interlined curtains with a hand stitched heading
• A roman blind
• A decorative scatter cushion
• A decorative bolster cushion
• A piped box cushion
The work will be assessed by an independent external verifier from the AMUSF.
Students undertaking the accreditation course must register with the AMUSF at a cost of £50 plus VAT. This will also provide additional benefits for students, including discounted fabrics.
For more detailed information and an application form, please contact via the contact form.
The tutor for the course, Maggi Loughran, is a highly recognised practising soft furnisher (25 years), qualified at City & Guilds level 4 and also an acknowledged tutor qualified to post graduate level. Recognitions include City & Guilds Licentiate, Honorary Yeoman and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Maggi is a previous student of Dorothy Gates, who was a former president of the AMUSF. As the director of her own company, Maggi Loughran Bespoke Interiors, Maggi is able to share her own wide ranging knowledge of the legislation affecting soft furnishings. Maggi is also highly experienced in delivering quality teaching in a range of both formal and informal settings. Upon request a written statement of qualifications can be made available.
The studio is based just outside Hemel Hempstead, and is fully equipped with large cutting tables and high specification sewing machines, alongside a broad range of accessories. The ground floor workshop also boasts access to a large car park. Students can also arrange a private transfer from Hemel Hempstead Railway Station.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
A list of necessary tools and equipment will be discussed at interview.
Fabrics for sampling will be supplied, students will use their own fabrics for full scale projects.
There are tea making facilities, a fridge and microwave available. Students can bring a packed lunch or use the local farm shop to buy.
Maggi helped me to develop my skills in Soft Furnishings and build my self confidence too! Her workshop is fully equipped and the location is just beautiful. I found that Maggi was very patient and approachable and this means a great deal to me. She makes you feel very welcome and I enjoyed working at a steady pace and feeling free to ask any questions.
Thank you so much for all your help and support. I feel far more ready and prepared for the world of soft furnishings now! Huge thanks again, Rebecca xxx
Rebecca Gibbs - - #8717
Fantastic tutoring. I would highly recommend Maggi. I did a loose cover course with her last year and was really pleased with the results.
Anthony Leadman - - #8714
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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