In-person course
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Upholstery Beginners Workshop with TheaRose – Drop in Seat (Dining Chair)



This is a 5 week or weekend workshop to learn how to traditionally upholster a Drop-In Seat. – A Dining Chair (No foam will be used in these workshops – all traditional upholstery methods taught) For the 5 week workshop, each session will take place on a Wednesday evening 7 pm – 9 pm. All workshops take place at the lovely TheaRose Textile Design Studio based at Lydeard St Lawrence, Somerset. The Design Studio is located in the middle of the village and can be easily accessed off the A358. Tutor: Thea is a Textile Lecturer with specialisms in upholstery. In 2017 she became a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (QEST) in her craft. She is passionate about teaching people the traditional skills of upholstery and helping you to achieve a quality finish to your work. All participants will need to bring one Drop-In Seat to upholster What you will learn: - How to get started with traditional upholstery - The process of upholstery along with the materials and tools needed for upholstery and where to source them from - How to prepare the chair for upholstery: stripping off the old fabric and cleaning the chair frame - How to use a webbing stretcher, tacks, stuffing and creating tension in the calico and top fabric for a high-quality finish - Different fabrics suitable for upholstery and how to calculate the amount of fabric needed for a project - How to upholster One Drop-In Seat Chair eg. a dining chair, to be completed by the end of the 5-week workshop or the 2-day workshop - Confidence to complete similar projects at home after the workshop There are places for 3 people in the workshop. The small group size is perfect for total beginners as there is an opportunity for lots of questions and demonstrations with 1 to 1 support. Dates for 2022: 5 Week Evening Workshop: - Start on Wednesday 9th February 2022 until Wednesday 16th March 2022 (Wednesday 23rd February 2022 will be a week off due to School Half Term) - Start on Wednesday 27th April until Wednesday 25th May - Start on Wednesday 8th June until Wednesday 6th July - Start on Wednesday 7th September until Wed 5th October Weekend 2 Day Workshop (10 am – 4 pm): - Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th February 2022 - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2022

What's included in the price?

The cost includes all materials to complete one Drop-in Seat Chair which you will need to bring along to the first session. The top fabric (final fabric) will need to be provided by yourself. Help and advice on a suitable fabric for the chair and where to buy this from will be discussed in the first lesson. Also refreshments of Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available at each session. All tools needed will be provided for the workshops.


10 hours (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.




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Causeway Cottage, 3 Victoria Terrace, Lydeard St Lawrence, Taunton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3SD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
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