In-person course

Upholstery and cushion covers with Jo Walton

Drop in seat, nearly finished...


Learn how to upholster using the traditional method of hand-built stuffing and stitching, and building modern furniture with foam and wadding. With guidance you will develop a sense for the correct tension of the fabric, and the feel of the furniture. These key points will help you to achieve the professional appearance needed for your work. And of course - most chairs need a cushion! So learn to make templates, piping, insert zips and button hole making...

Sessions are from 10 til 12.30 - £29 per week, and students are limited to a maximum of 5 per session which means plenty of work space and individual tuition time. You will have a table each and be 2 metres apart from each other.

I will need a minimum of 3 people to go ahead with each session. These will run for 3 weeks and then a weeks break between. Most materials can be purchased from Jo. Tools are available to borrow. Just bring along your furniture, top cover fabric and braid if you need it. Contact me for more info via the 'ask a question' tab.

Jo is a City and Guilds Traditional and Modern Upholsterer and trained at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds. She also studied Fine Art in Bradford University and achieved a BA Honours degree specialising in Fine Art. She works within these areas and interior design.

Jo has been upholstering on and off for 20 years and has run Upholstery and Soft Furnishings workshops for City of York Council. She is known for her straight forward approach and believes her students need to understand each stage thoroughly. She will make sure you get it right.

Rogues Atelier Studios is in Fossgate - a thriving city street full of great restaurants and cafes in the heart of York with easy access and some limited parking. There are many car-parks very close by.

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?

Most materials apart from your final cover can be purchased from me at Rogues Atelier and all the tools needed are available to borrow. I don't provide the following: zips, coloured cotton, braid, some springs, some foams. Email to check and for any advice. If you want to use an electric staple gun please bring you own - if you need advise on the type and make please do ask me!

Tea and coffee are on tap, so please help yourself!


Jo Walton at What Jo did next
Rogues Atelier Studios
28A Fossgate
North Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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2½ hours (10:00am to 12:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #23207

Jo has been invaluable in improving my sketchy knowledge of traditional upholstery. Her teaching approach is hands on with a thorough explanation of each stage, and I have learnt so much in the three weeks I have been attending her drop in classes. I can't wait to get back to continue my learning experience...

In-person course
- - #5742

I have been attending the Tuesday drop in class for 6 months now and in that time I have
re-upholstered 6 dining chairs, 2 footstools and I am currently attempting a challenging large Victorian chair. All this has only been possible because Jo is a brilliant tutor she gives you not only the skills to achieve so much in class but also the confidence to continue your project at home, she explains the how & why and doesn't make you feel a complete twit if you don't immediately grasp what she is telling you! I feel proud of what I have achieved with Jo's help and now I find I am constantly on the look out for tired, worn out pieces of furniture to 'beautify'. Thank You Jo

In-person course
- - #4806

I started the Tuesday morning classes a couple of months ago with quite a difficult chair for a total beginner! But I can honestly say I have enjoyed every second. Jo makes you feel very relaxed therefore you enjoy yourself. The 3 hours felt like 3 mins. The concentration is something I have always found hard but finally in my old age, I can do it!! I am very proud of myself but I could not have achieved a difficult chair and foot stool (so far) without Jo. I wish she had been my teacher when I was little then I would have gone far! She is a brilliant teacher.

In-person course
- - #1846

2 day weekend upholstery workshop in York with Jo Walton. What a weekend! Lots of one to one tuition from Jo who is a very skilled craftswoman. I learned so much and got far more from the course than I ever expected to. I now have the confidence and some of the skills to start work on further projects. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of renovating a piece of furniture. Thanks so much for your time skills and patience Jo.

In-person course
- - #1554

Brilliant traditional upholstery weekend in a sunny, well equipped studio. Small group size so plenty of one to one tuition & support from Jo Walton of the Urban Chair Company. Being surrounded by the incredible pieces she's created was inspirational. As was the camaraderie within the group. Jo has the skills of a master crafts woman, & the patience of a saint. Loved it! Thank you :)

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