Private Tuition Upholstery



These sessions can be used in different ways, dependent upon your needs. For example, 3 hours would be suitable for smaller projects for beginners - such as recovering several modern (with foam stuffing) drop in dining chairs. For improvers, and more experienced learners, help and advice on more complex projects can be given. Both modern and traditional techniques can be used dependent upon the project. Please note that chairs only can be accommodated in the workshop. If your chair requires the making of a box cushion or you would like to learn how to make them, this would usually take a full session of private tuition for an inexperienced machinist. A good level of prior sewing knowledge is helpful - for example having previously made a scatter cushion with a zip would stand you in good stead. Please bear in mind that upholstery, particularly traditional upholstery, is a labour intensive skill. However, once you have completed your first project with one-to-one tuition, for example a dining chair, you could go on to complete a full set, practicing your skills and giving your furniture a new lease of life!

What's included in the price?

You will need to bring along a chair or frame and supply top cover fabric. You're welcome to remove coverings during the class to receive guidance on the proper stripping techniques or you may wish to strip down the furniture at home. If you do, save the covers and any re-useable stuffings. Don't remove stuffings that are in good condition. Tool hire and sundries (staples, tacks, twine and thread) included. Additional materials such as hessian, foam, stuffings and webbing are avaiable at trade prices + £2 handling fee per order. As you can imagine, a large armchair requires a very different amount of materials than a small dining chair!


3 hours (10:00am to 1:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Meticulous Restoration

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Katie is an experienced furniture restorer, upholsterer and teacher with 8 years experience teaching craft skills. After completing the City & Guilds Diplomas in Traditional Furniture Making and Upholstery she qualified as a City & Guilds Trainer/Assessor and taught at a City & Guilds training centre in Bristol. She is a qualified Design and Technology teacher with a degree in the History of Art and Design. She now runs a small upholstery business in her home-town, Stone, and teaches locally.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
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Studio 7, ACAVA Studios, Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 1QQ