Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Students are the inspiration and focus of Sandra Fryer's Upholstery Classes. The classes are flexible and friendly, and due to the small number attending you won't find yourself waiting too long for attention.
Upholstery is a challenging but immensely rewarding craft to learn. A dining chair or footstool are ideal projects for a complete beginner but more ambitious projects can be attempted by those either with previous experience, or time to attend a series of classes.
Lampshade Making courses also available.
More details and available dates can be found on Sandra's website, please click through via the link button above or get in touch for bookings.
What's included in the price?
All the tools needed are available for your use on the day and new tools are available to purchase. Materials used during the upholstery process are recorded and charged for when the project is completed. The cost for these depends on the size of project undertaken but are priced to match the internet (without delivery costs!)
Tea, Coffee and cake are provided throughout the day but you are asked to bring your own packed lunch.
I can thoroughly recommend Sandra's upholstery and lampshade classes: I was a complete novice at both, but her gentle yet perfectionist manner of teaching, attention to detail, and endless encouragement helped me to achieve not only four dining chairs that I am really proud of, but also several lampshades of varying styles and sizes. The small-sized classes helped to create a real sense of camaraderie and support between us all, and they were also great fun (not forgetting the coffee and cake)! Sandra will be sorely missed in the northern Highlands: I wish her well and would strongly recommend her classes to anyone wishing to re-vamp their furniture or lamps.
Enjoyed every minute of every class I attended with Sandra , learning so many new techniques and ways to upholster chairs . The work was a challange but i enjoyed it so much and it was fulfilling . Sandra's approach to teaching is excellent and her enthusiasm is contagious. Such a shame she is leaving the area. she will be missed.
The feeling of great satisfaction (and occasionally relief!) when you finish a project under Sandra's expert supervision, is truly worth the wait. She feels your pain when you tackle a new an challenging technique and shares your delight in your personal achievement. It is also interesting to see the projects of the others in the group taking shape. There is a lot to be learned by observing too. A great experience in a professional and very friendly environment.
Sandra is absolutely superb teacher with an infinitive patience. Fantastic, relaxed atmosphere. Very small groups enable Sandra to help each student out whenever they need it.
I have completed a few projects with her and kept coming back because it always has been great fun. In the same time I have learnt so much thanks to her. I don't think it would be possible in a different environment.
Oh, and there's always some cake too!
I would recommend Sandra's classes to anyone.
Brilliant tutor, small classes so you are kept going all the time
Really enjoy that I can now do old fashioned proper upholstery or a simple dining chair seat
Sandra and I did her first (and last) recliner chair so learnt together, her skill of working things out and explaining so you don't feel an idiot is legendary
I would recommend her classses to anyone and her coffees not bad either
What do you get from Sandra classes? Well not just excellent tuition from a very patient and talented teacher but someone who really cares about her students and who goes the extra mile to help them achieve their personal goals. One or two in my class have probably tackled projects well above their capabilities but Sandra took it all in her profession stride and very encouragingly worked with us to achieve a successful outcome with our projects. I am sure when she saw some of the chairs that Julie and I bought through the door they must have made her heart sink but she always greeted us with a huge smile! I personally enjoyed every minute and have lots of lovely upholstery around my house and another true friend in my life. All the best in the future Jenny taylor
Fantastic environment to learn a lovely craft. Being a complete beginner I wasn't sure what to expect but Sandra guided me through explaining her thought process and plenty discussion. Lots of attention in such a small, intimate group. Would recommend the classes to anyone of any level. Although it took me a few sessions to finish my piece I tried not to think of the price as being for the item but for the knowledge and skills I had acquired, very reasonable all in all! Will be transferring the skills into future project and attending more classes for different techniques
Sandra's classes are superb - first class teaching in small groups, so you receive lots of attention. From being a complete novice in September, under Sandra's tuition and with her encouragement, I have learnt several techniques and completed projects in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Sandra is expert in all types of upholstery and so enthusiastic. Going along to her classes, sharing ideas and learning a new skill has been hugely enjoyable. Highly recommended!