About the Course
Students are the inspiration and focus of Sandra Fryer's Upholstery Workshops. The classes are flexible and friendly, and due to the small number attending you won't find yourself waiting too long for attention.
Upholstery is a challenging but immensely rewarding craft to learn. A dining chair or footstool are ideal projects for a complete beginner but more ambitious projects can be attempted by those either with previous experience, or time to attend a series of classes.
Classes run on Fridays and Saturdays.
More details and available dates can be found on Sandra's website, please click through via the link button above or get in touch for bookings.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All the tools needed are available for your use on the day. Materials used during the upholstery process are available to purchase in the workshop, other than your top fabric which you need to bring along.
Tea, Coffee and cake are provided but you are asked to bring your own packed lunch.
I have gone from complete novice to a commited fan of upholstery. This is due to the patience, coaching and enthusiasm given by Sandra in her welcoming and relaxed courses. Sandra is a very knowledgeable instructor who thankfully puts you immediately at ease and builds your confidence and skill set. The courses are very rewarding, but be aware they are very addictive. I have already completed 3 courses in upholstery and had a great day making lampshades with both my Mum and Sister.
Lyn Oliver - - #24021
Sandra is a great teacher and goes at a pace suited to your ability. I will be booking again as I take on a more complicated chair next time. Look forward to learning more new skills in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of her workshop.
Kay Bisset - - #23780
Over the last year I have attended four workshops. Sandra is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and patient. My chair has been transformed and I looking for my next project that Sandra can guide me through. Thoroughly recommend the workshops.
Carolyn - - #23771
I attended a 1 day workshop with Sandra at the weekend to learn how to make a pad for a stool, to be covered by a piece of needlepoint I have made. It was an amazing day. I learnt so much. Sandra is an excellent teacher and very patient. There were just two of us so we both received lots of undivided attention. absolutely love Sandra’s courses!
I would recommend Sandra’s workshops to anyone! It will open your eyes to a whole new world........
Emma Nightingale - - #20796
We really loved the days spent with Sandra on our different upholstery projects and highly recommend her workshops. Both beginners, she was extremely patient with each of us and took time to introduce each stage of the process, explaining the tasks and how to use a range of tools and materials on the way.
The small group size is perfect for learning and her enthusiasm is infectious. Sandra is a wonderful teacher, helping the learner to grow in confidence in a very supportive environment and she is always positive and encouraging. She made us feel we could tackle further upholstery work on our own and we went away delighted with our finished pieces.
Sandra's interpersonal skills are excellent, sharing her experiences and drawing our attention to a range of techniques over the time spent with her. The classes are suitable for the novice as well as the more experienced. There is so much to learn while having great fun. The workshop is practical and rewarding, as well as excellent value for all the personal attention provided by a gifted tutor.
Siobhan and Marnie - - #19750
I don’t usually leave reviews for anything but i just wanted to encourage other people, who may be even a little interested, to try one of Sandra’s courses! I have been to a few of her upholstery classes over the last couple of months and most recently i booked in for one of the lampshade making classes. Going along to these small group sessions is a really enjoyable way to spen a day and Sandra is a such lovely, warm, knowledgeable and patient person to learn new skills from. Can’t recommend it highly enough!
Heather - - #17983
I absolutely love Sandra’s courses!
She’s so patient and understanding of all levels. I struggled to find anywhere local to have a go at upholstery and by chance stumbled across Sandra’s website, and I’m so glad I did!
Very relaxed and the small group of 2 or 3 students is perfect as you never have to wait for help when you’re stuck.
Definitely recommend this to anyone! A great release from an otherwise busy life!
Megan - - #17857
I found Sandra’s course after being let down at the last minute by someone else. This proved to be the silver lining in my cloud! Sandra is very easy to get on with as she has a very friendly and easy approach to teaching which is great when you are a novice.
I jumped in at the deep end with a large armchair and she didn’t flinch - she had me making piping in no time!
Nothing is too much trouble - no project a lost cause. Everything is possible and the results are always amazing. I could easily spend all day, every day, padding, cutting, stapling and stitching. Sandra certainly makes it addictive. The tea and cake helps too.
If you feel like treating yourself this is definitely the way to do it. I can’t praise her classes enough.
Julie Higgins - - #17349
Loved the classes - excellent tuition at your own pace. Fab sense of achievement. Thoroughly recommend to anyone & everyone.
Jackie Sears - - #12464
I can thoroughly recommend Sandra's upholstery and lampshade classes: I was a complete novice at both, but her gentle yet perfectionist manner of teaching, attention to detail, and endless encouragement helped me to achieve not only four dining chairs that I am really proud of, but also several lampshades of varying styles and sizes. The small-sized classes helped to create a real sense of camaraderie and support between us all, and they were also great fun (not forgetting the coffee and cake)! Sandra will be sorely missed in the northern Highlands: I wish her well and would strongly recommend her classes to anyone wishing to re-vamp their furniture or lamps.
Pam Ward - - #10434
Enjoyed every minute of every class I attended with Sandra , learning so many new techniques and ways to upholster chairs . The work was a challange but i enjoyed it so much and it was fulfilling . Sandra's approach to teaching is excellent and her enthusiasm is contagious. Such a shame she is leaving the area. she will be missed.
louise lafferty - - #10427
The feeling of great satisfaction (and occasionally relief!) when you finish a project under Sandra's expert supervision, is truly worth the wait. She feels your pain when you tackle a new an challenging technique and shares your delight in your personal achievement. It is also interesting to see the projects of the others in the group taking shape. There is a lot to be learned by observing too. A great experience in a professional and very friendly environment.
Marilyn Robertson - - #10392
Sandra is absolutely superb teacher with an infinitive patience. Fantastic, relaxed atmosphere. Very small groups enable Sandra to help each student out whenever they need it.
I have completed a few projects with her and kept coming back because it always has been great fun. In the same time I have learnt so much thanks to her. I don't think it would be possible in a different environment.
Oh, and there's always some cake too!
I would recommend Sandra's classes to anyone.
Kasia Ciszewska - - #9222
Brilliant tutor, small classes so you are kept going all the time
Really enjoy that I can now do old fashioned proper upholstery or a simple dining chair seat
Sandra and I did her first (and last) recliner chair so learnt together, her skill of working things out and explaining so you don't feel an idiot is legendary
I would recommend her classses to anyone and her coffees not bad either
Julie Board - - #9202
What do you get from Sandra classes? Well not just excellent tuition from a very patient and talented teacher but someone who really cares about her students and who goes the extra mile to help them achieve their personal goals. One or two in my class have probably tackled projects well above their capabilities but Sandra took it all in her profession stride and very encouragingly worked with us to achieve a successful outcome with our projects. I am sure when she saw some of the chairs that Julie and I bought through the door they must have made her heart sink but she always greeted us with a huge smile! I personally enjoyed every minute and have lots of lovely upholstery around my house and another true friend in my life. All the best in the future Jenny taylor
Jenny Taylor - - #9191
Fantastic environment to learn a lovely craft. Being a complete beginner I wasn't sure what to expect but Sandra guided me through explaining her thought process and plenty discussion. Lots of attention in such a small, intimate group. Would recommend the classes to anyone of any level. Although it took me a few sessions to finish my piece I tried not to think of the price as being for the item but for the knowledge and skills I had acquired, very reasonable all in all! Will be transferring the skills into future project and attending more classes for different techniques
Jackie MacKinnon - - #9178
Sandra's classes are superb - first class teaching in small groups, so you receive lots of attention. From being a complete novice in September, under Sandra's tuition and with her encouragement, I have learnt several techniques and completed projects in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Sandra is expert in all types of upholstery and so enthusiastic. Going along to her classes, sharing ideas and learning a new skill has been hugely enjoyable. Highly recommended!
Angie Morris - - #7236
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