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Upholster a hand-made footstool with Meticulous

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About the Course

Upholster a bespoke, shallow-buttoned, locally-made, hardwood footstool. A perfect introduction to the craft of upholstery. No time-consuming stripping of old coverings and stuffings - you can dive straight in to learning new skills and techniques. Create your own bespoke piece that can be cherished for years to come.

Price: £175 for all tuition, materials and equipment. £30 for the hardwood frame, which features walnut legs finished with a light wax, giving a soft and protective sheen.

Location: The course takes place at the Artisan Boutique in Stone, in a purpose built garden workshop, which is home to Stone's creative and craft courses. Stone is a thriving market and canal town with many independent shops and restaurants. Public parking is available within a minute's walk.

Timings: Morning and evening course available, please contact us for more information.

Techniques: Learn to use upholstery tools and equipment. Techniques include -
*webbing the base of your stool
*adding a hessian platform
*marking out and attaching foam stuffing/s
*cutting and covering your stool with fabric
*shallow buttoning techniques
*finishing techniques, such as decorative upholstery nails or trimmings.

Tuition: appropriate class demonstrations and one-to-one work with an experienced tutor. 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 and restoration business in her home-town, Stone, and teaches locally.

Skill level: Any, suitable for complete beginners or those wishing to advance.

Preparation: you’ll need to bring your top cover fabric and enthusiasm! This is designed to be a turn up and ‘do it’ course. You will not need to prepare a frame or strip back old coverings and can begin to learn the techniques immediately.

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?

Tuition, all tools, materials, equipment and a hand-made, hardwood footstool frame made by local cabinet maker, Dovetail Woodworking. Tea, coffee and cake are also included!

All you need to bring is your top cover fabric and any special trimmings you would like to use of your own. Katie will cover buttons for you on site using her button press and can supply a range of trimmings.


Katie Brennan at Meticulous Restoration
4 Radford Street
ST15 8DA
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Probably the most effective course for anyone interested in beginning upholstery, or like me, dabbled a little over the years, but the finished results were never very good. This course ironed out all those issues, learning how important the correct tools were and how to use them, and getting a more professional finish.
Katie is an understated gifted lady and she spends time allowing you to work at your own pace.
I enjoyed it so much I’m booking on a further course to do ‘my own project’. Happy lady …

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