Upholstery Beginners' Evening Class - Wednesdays, 6 Week Term
** NEW DATES ADDED for Jan & March 2023.** If you’re new to upholstery, evening classes are a great way to gain confidence and develop the skills needed to breathe new life into your furniture. This is a 6 week course (booked as a block) taking place on a Wednesday evening from 6-9pm.* Evening classes with Meticulous offer a chance to really enjoy learning traditional or modern upholstery techniques in a mixed class, where all students work on different items of furniture. You'll benefit from seeing a variety of works being completed alongside your own project. The benefit of a weekly class, is the time available to work on your project between classes (if you wish to) to make the most of tuition during your upholstery class - and you can achieve even more! Class sizes: A maximum of 3 students per session ensures you will get plenty of guidance. You will learn new skills and techniques to achieve professional results. Projects: So what are the best pieces for beginners to start with? Anything with straight lines is always a safe bet – things like footstools, ottomans, dining room chairs, and even simple headboards. You could complete one project over the 6 weeks or bring along different projects. Please bear in mind: Recovering = Taking the top fabric off and replacing with new - the structure of the seat is in tact and strong enough to last many years of usage. So this process is quicker. Reupholstering = In need of ripping all layers off to bare frame, and rebuilding - uncomfortable to sit on, saggy, wobbly joints, springs falling through the base etc. Prepare to spend twice as long completing the fascinating upholstery rebuild process. Traditional or modern methods are both taught... traditional methods are more time consuming, but fascinating and very rewarding. They involved layers of traditional stuffings such as Coconut Fibre, which are hand stitched into place rather than modern foam stuffings. Upon booking, Katie will request that you email a photo of your project so she can check that it is a suitable piece; all chairs are different. Ideally, your wooden frame should be sound and not require extensive repair. Techniques: traditional or modern techniques taught, full re-upholstery or recovering. Tuition: appropriate class demonstrations and one-to-one work with Katie. Skill level: Beginners or those wishing to gain more confidence. Preparation: you will need to bring along a chair or frame and supply top cover fabric. You are welcome to remove coverings during the class to receive guidance on the proper use of tools and stripping techniques. In this case, it is advisable to bring the piece along to the first session to receive tuition and then complete the process at home before the following session. This makes the best use of the time. Tutor: Katie is an experienced furniture restorer, upholsterer and teacher with 10 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 also a qualified design and technology teacher with a degree in the History of Art and Design. Venue & Facilities: Classes are run from Meticulous' studio at Spode Works - the site of the historic former pottery factory of Josiah Spode, which was in operation from 1776-2008. The old China Halls have now been converted into studios by the arts organisation ACAVA in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Arts Council England. Currently on site are the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, The Quarter @ Potbank restaurant/bar/music venue, Potbank Aparthotel, and ACAVA Studios, where Meticulous is based. The onsite café and heritage centre provide a great venue for lunch. The Quarter @ Potbank café is open Wednesday - Sunday, plus there is a local pie shop and a Sainsbury’s store within 5 minutes walk. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch to eat either within the workshop or the communal seating area. Tea and coffee is supplied. *Timings & dates: This class is from 6pm-9pm, for 6 weeks on a Wednesday evening. Bookings are made for the full 6 week term as a block. Term dates available are currently: • Wed 14 September 2022 until Wed 19 October • Wed 2 November 2022 until Wed 7 December.
What's included in the price?
Tuition, loan of tools and equipment, sundries (e.g. staples, glue and tacks) and refreshments - tea, coffee and lots of biscuits! Materials required for renovation are available to purchase and available at a student discount with £2 handling fee. You are also welcome to buy them online/bring your own. Top cover fabric is to be supplied by the learner - although Katie often has spare materials from past projects she can provide if requested before the course.
6 weeks (6:00pm to 9:00pm)
Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts
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 beginners
- Public transport
- Intermediate level
- Parking provided
- Daytime (weekdays)
- Mother's Day
- Long term / weekly / monthly