One week upholstery courses with Cherry Dobson



Cherry Dobson is author of the extremely popular "The Upholstery Bible", a new edition is now available and signed copies only available from Cherry. Cherry started teaching upholstery in Colchester 40 years ago for the Adult Education Centre. While tutoring in Colchester Cherry attended an Advanced City and Guilds Course at the Guildhall University London gaining a Distinction. She has always worked on private commissions and so has had considerable hands-on experience in the craft. Courses include both traditional and modern methods of upholstery.

A fantastic way to spend a week, in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.

The traditional method of upholstery using springs, hessian, hair etc. is taught but also modern techniques using rubberised hair, foam etc. Cane seating and rush work are also taught.

Lilac Barn is an ideal venue with easy access. Numbers are restricted so no student is kept waiting to see a tutor.
Students coming for a week are able to leave their project in the barn for the duration of the course.

Course places can only be reserved with £50 deposit. Cheque or Bank transfer to Cherry Dobson or with Paypal

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?

The price include 5 days tuition, home cooked lunches each day and unlimited tea and coffee. All materials can be purchased at Lilac Barn and tools are available to borrow. Students should bring along the chair, stool or headboard they wish to work on.

5 day course Monday to Friday: £290 including home cooked lunches, tea, coffee
£50 non refundable deposit to confirm your place


Cherry Dobson at Lilac Barn
Mother Hubbard, Curload
Stoke St Gregory

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users
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5 days (9:30am to 5:00am)

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In-person course
Linda Rosemary Folkard - - #28579

Spent a fascinating week with Cherry at Lilac Barn as a complete beginner. I learnt so much from her and enjoyed her friendly tuition & company of the other students. Wonderful lunches every day in her own home plus home made cakes and tea & coffee throughout the day. Learnt the process of reupholstering a very old family chair and intend to return to learn how to apply the actual covering fabric, buttons and piping once I have obtained the right material. Thank you so much Cherry for a most enjoyable and interesting week!!

In-person course
Jenni - - #9032

I can thoroughly recommend the 5 day course. Cherry is an excellent teacher and as the numbers are small everyone gets her individual attention and can work at their own pace on whatever project they have brought. The workshop is very well stocked with tools and the huge variety of materials used in modern and traditional upholstery. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we were well fed with tasty lunches and plenty of tea and cake.

In-person course
Lynn Faulkner - - #6903

This is the first chance I have had to get back to you. I wanted to thank you for the fantastic course that you ran last week. I learnt so much and was so pleased with my creations by the end of the week.
Thank you Lynn

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