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Level 1 traditional upholstery - 2 day course

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Level 1 Upholstery Workshop
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 2-day (15 hour) Level 1 workshop which will give you all the basic professional skills needed to traditionally re-upholster an unsprung upright chair seat.

No foam and staples here!!

Using traditional tools, materials and techniques, you will learn everything you need to know to start you on the road to a professional finish on a ‘double stuffover’ unsprung seat ~

Building the structure of the upholstery in 15 separate layers/processes:

~ Webbing
~ hessian scrim layer
~ bridle ties
~ coir stuffing
~ heavyweight 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.

Yes, it really does take all those stages to do a traditional reupholstery job, but your chair will live on for another 50 to 100 years!!

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.

Most of the set course dates are weekends, but I can do any days of the week by arrangement. 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 workshop on whatever days suit 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?

~ A nice, usually antique chair to work on and take home
~ All the materials needed to upholster your chair
(you are welcome to bring your own top fabric but we’ll need to chat about it in advance)
~ 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 day. It's fully refundable if I cancel.


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

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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15 hours (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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