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Saturday upholstery workshop

Upholstery One Day Workshops - Saturdays

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Upholstery One Day Workshops - Saturdays

Maybe you're new to upholstery, this is a great way to 'dip your toe' to find out if you are going to enjoy the art of upholstery, you will learn about the tools and traditional methods using webbing, hessian and fillings.

This single day is also perfect if you're not able to commit to our 5 week courses, perhaps you have a piece of furniture you're already working on and only require occasional help to complete.

If this is your first project a drop in seat or basic headboard is ideal and can be finished in a day.

Based in the historical village of Castor between Stamford & Peterborough, we are a working farm situated on the Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire borders surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside.

Sarah trained as an upholsterer through the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Specialising in traditional upholstery and restoration, she is incredibly enthusiastic about her craft and is highly respected by her ever increasing client base.

Sarah has been teaching one to one in her studio since 2012 and now runs workshops & courses in upholstery and lampshade making in a dedicated training room at the farm.

With a maximum of 4 students you will receive a high level of individual tuition.

All experience levels welcome, from complete beginner to improvers.

TO BOOK please email via the form above and you will be sent a booking form.
To secure your place, a deposit of 25% is required with the balance due 1 month before your start date. If you need to cancel for any reason you can book onto another course or a full refund will be provided as long as you cancel within 2 weeks of your start date, after this time a cancellation fee of £25 will be charged.
We reserve the right to cancel the course if we get insufficient bookings and will aim to provide you with 10 days notice, your fee will be fully refunded.

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?

Includes refreshments throughout the day.

Tools are provided along with protective eye wear and aprons, if you prefer to use your own feel free to bring them with you.

Everything is included apart from your top fabric and thread , if you wish to bring your own sewing machine along please do so.

There's secure parking at the farm and everything is on the ground floor so no stairs to negotiate.


Sarah at Sarah Wood Upholstery & Lampshades
Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #30385

I had a fabulous day on this course and Sarah was extremely patient, kind, knowledgeable and I would love the opportunity to do another course. Great setting, and I highly recommend this to anyone who fancies learning about upholstery. I did the course with 2 friends, which added to the enjoyment of the day.

All COVID-19 social distancing was maintained without affecting any part of the learning - thank you Sarah for a great day.

In-person course
- - #30096

A very enjoyable upholstery Taster Day with Sarah, she is a knowledgeable and patient teacher. I had an introduction into reupholstering an overstuffed chair in the traditional method. Sarah explained the processes very clearly and provided sanitised equipment along with mask and gloves. We each had our own designated work area to allow social distancing. I felt confident and secure with the way Sarah managed our welfare regarding Covid thoughout the day.

Sarah has given me the confidence to have a go at continuing this project at home, although I'm sure I'll be needing more expert tuition along the way. Highly recommended. Thank you Sarah.

In-person course
- - #30064

Fantastic day with Sarah, she's a great teacher, very patient and is very knowledgeable. The chair project I worked on was able to be completed on the day, and I have since put what I learnt to the test and completed more chairs at home.
Sarah is also being very aware of the current situation with Covid 19, and ensured that social distancing was maintained, gloves and masks were used and things were sanitised after use - both tools and toilets - which was really reassuring.

Thanks so much Sarah - I hope to be back soon!

In-person course
- - #30061

Thanks very much for a great day, I really enjoyed learning new skills from Sarah, a very good, patient and knowledgeable tutor. The room was well laid out with all the correct social distancing precautions in place and the tools were all on the tables and easily to hand. During the day I managed to get quite a way through upholstering my antique chair, and with the knowledge gained I have now completed it.

In-person course
- - #27759

Excellent taste day. Sarah was lovely and made me feel at ease. The learning environment was great and even the lunch was lovely.

She was amazingly patient and I really enjoyed the day and learnt a tremendous amount. Thank you 🙏

In-person course
- - #27744

Sarah is welcoming and is a great tutor. I didn’t choose the easiest furniture item to learn on, but she made it easy for me. Fabulous day and a great lunch!

In-person course
- - #27666

An amazing course and cannot recommend it enough! I went along for a one day taster session with a telephone table seat pad to cover.

Sarah is both very knowledgable & a super teacher. She has the knack of clearly explaining & demonstrating every little step but then ensures the participant actually does the work. I finished the day with a really professionally covered seat pad that has freshened up a classic piece of furniture wonderfully. Class sizes are super small and Sarah is always there to help when needed.

I learned loads!! After the course I’ve been able to independently complete a couple of similar projects. I’m now addicted and will be back for the 5 day course with a bigger project!!

Additionally..... the setting is lovely: a beautiful farm house that’s immaculately furnished. Lunch was a delight.... not just the food but the company. Most definitely a highly recommended day!

In-person course
- - #27343

I went along for a Saturday course, the class was small and there were only 3 of us, Sarah's max is 4 so she has plenty of time to help each person. Sarah is very welcoming and warm and is a fab teacher.
She is a very skilled lady and it was a pleasure to learn from the best. I am now looking forward to returning one Saturday to start on a new project.

In-person course
- - #27283

A super day learning about the skills used in upholstery and producing my first small piece of upholstered furniture . Sarah is a passionate and knowledgable teacher who demonstrates, supports and guides you to develop your upholstery skills in a lovely well equipped environment. A thoroughly enjoyable day and I will be going back!

In-person course
- - #19790

Such a fabulous, relaxing day! Sarah is a great teacher, informative and with a wealth of experience to draw from. I learnt such a lot in one day and came away with a beautifully upholstered chair and the desire to do more.
This is a lovely way to spend a Saturday in a calm, creative environment with likeminded people (and with a great lunch too!)

In-person course
- - #19744

I have never done any upholstery before. I went with my daughter on the 9th Feb she bought the course for me as a gift. I so loved it. Sarah is patient, extremely knowleadgable and funny, and encourages you. I had no idea upholstery was so involved. I was very happy with the result of my endeavours and am booking a second session. Thank you Sarah.

In-person course
- - #19739

Better than any spa day! Such a relaxing and productive use of time to de-stress, be creative, and physically transform something tired and battered into a beautiful creation. Sarah is patient, clear, funny, a very good teacher who advises but ultimately steps back and lets you create what you want and learn from her expertise. I've booked to go again! Can't wait!

In-person course
- - #19233

This was my first experience of upholstery and I had a fabulous day learning how to reupholster a chair. Sarah is a wonderful teacher, giving clear, easy to follow instructions. With only 3 people in the class Sarah was able to give individual help. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided throughout the day and Sarah gave us a delicious lunch too, which gave us time to chat. I would highly recommend this has inspired me to learn more about this craft.

In-person course
- - #19163

Along with other reviews I have read, Sarah was an excellent tutor of her craft. I thoroughly enjoyed my upholstery session on Saturday. Training environment is perfect and it was good that the class was small allowing plenty of time to explain. Lunch was another another perk allowing time to get to know others on the course. I would recommend this training to anyone think of this as a career or as a relaxing one off session.

In-person course
- - #18983

Sarah really knows what she is doing! She explains everything in a clear and straightforward way and her instructions make it easy for you to follow. You are made to feel very welcome and the whole day just flys by. An added delight are the excellent cakes and lunches provided by Sarah - delicious. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and highly productive day which I would definitely recommend.

In-person course
- - #18729

This was an excellent course, from booking through to waving goodbye as I proudly left with my almost-completed chair. I had never done any upholstery before and was naturally a little unsure of what I was letting myself in for, but Sarah was very clear and reassuring when I contacted her in advance and the day itself exceeded my expectations. She has the ideal qualities for teaching: she seriously knows her stuff and has what seems to be unlimited patience and a calm, unhurried manner. With only 3 in the class there was plenty of time for detailed instruction and help. My 1930s chair is totally transformed - now I just need to give the other 3 in the set the same treatment!

In-person course
- - #18688

This was our twelfth course through Craft and we were not disappointed. A very good day, and from our experience a top tier course. The tuition is excellent and the safety briefing at the start was probably the best we have experienced (we like to come back from our courses with all body parts intact, as we are often using tools we haven't used before). We were able to finish our chair / stool in the day, and that is a sign of a good tutor who takes you through steps in a smoothly. You are definitely doing the tasks yourself, so its all your own work but help is at hand when you get stuck or doing the more twiddly bits. We often find that each craft has its own language and tools that were carefully explained. This time the magnetic tack hammer was our favourite. Catering and lunch in particular was excellent.

In-person course
- - #16530

I was a complete beginner and a little nervous. Sarah was so welcoming and put me at easy straight away. I was surprised at how much I managed to achieve in one day. I would highly recommend this course and I'm hoping to do the 5 week course in the future. Also had a great lunch.

In-person course
- - #15948

Sarah is a very patient , kind and meticulous teacher . l really enjoyed upholstering my french bed with her and was made to feel very welcome . Lovely surroundings and lunch just added to a lovely day . Would absolutely recommend and definitely will be going back myself .

In-person course
- - #15327

Really good day with Sarah doing upholstery. Excellent tuition with only 3 in class. Very good catering with drinks and biscuits readily to hand. Great learning opportunity . I would thoroughly recommend

Response from Sarah Wood Upholstery & Lampshades:

Thank you Marie for your kind review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the day.
I will pop the double piping in the post to you this week.

In-person course
- - #14624

This was a perfect introduction to upholstery and so enjoyable.
Sarah’s teaching skills are very clear and easy to understand, I wasnt expecting to finish my chair, the day went so quickly and I was surprised at how much I learnt.
Fab lunch and lovely biscuits!!

In-person course
- - #12851

This was my first time learning upholstery. The one day course was perfect for my first chair. Sarah is lovely and a great teacher. It has definitely made me want to learn more.

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