About the Course
We run regular five day and weekend courses in upholstery and restoration. They are run by Polly, who has been in the industry for over 10 years and teaching in London for over 7 years so you'll be in safe hands.
We try to ensure that all your needs are taken care of so you are free to relax, unwind, get hands on creative and to make new friends too. You can bring your own project and all levels are welcome, so don't worry if you're a total novice. We cover traditional and modern upholstery, wood restoration and French polishing so you'll learn everything you need to transform your furniture into something truly beautiful.
We are a low tech studio so no wifi here, we encourage you to switch off from the modern world and to tune into your creative side. But fear not there is good phone signal so you wont be cut off if you need to stay in contact. You'll find plenty of fabric samples and books to help you choose the perfect top fabric for your project and we can help you order it too. All other materials you'll need are here, we also provide you with refreshments, lunch and a scrummy afternoon tea to keep you fuelled up, even our toiletries are home made to give your hard working hands a bit of extra tlc. We also like to end our courses with a glass of wine (or soft drink if you prefer) to congratulate everyone on a job well done and as a way for you all to chat a bit before dashing back to your busy lives.
Our studio is in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth, surrounded by sandy beaches, boutique shops, fantastic eateries and cosy pubs, so you'll never be short of things to do but you may run out of time to see it all.
Oh and I should mention Bear, the workshop dog, she's a big softie and here for moral support and cuddles if you need them but if you are allergic or afraid of dogs please let me know.
* Five day courses are £350 excl materials used. Weekend courses are £150 excl materials used. Materials used are costed per meter and paid for at the end, you are more than welcome to bring your own if you have them.
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?
Lunch, tea, coffee, filtered water, afternoon tea.
I have just spent 2 weeks with Polly learning about upholstery and following through on a long term pipe dream of learning to upholster! I took a leap of faith after seeing Polly’s upholstery course listed on CraftCourses and I am so pleased I found it, I couldn’t recommend Polly enough!
From her delightful studio in beautiful Falmouth to her personalised and intimate approach to teaching, Polly is a creative, intelligent, patient, perfectionist helping you learn the art of deconstruction and reconstruction of furniture traditionally and comprehensively! The course is extremely reasonably priced, the learnings clear and creative and you even get a tailor made delish lunch to boot!
I feel inspired and excited about applying all Polly has taught me and excited to be returning regularly for top up / specialist learnings. Polly’s a wealth of knowledge and so lovely. Can’t wait to come back!
Leanne Fry - - #22002
I had a really good week at Pollys studio! Very excellent teaching, she really knows her business and is also really helpful and supportive. A lovely atmosphere for learning and being able to reupholster beautiful chairs and have a good old chat!
Claire hewlett - - #21644
The perfect way to spend a weekend.
I adventured down to Falmouth for a much needed escape from the big city - to learn how to upholster by the seaside. I had bought some dining chairs a while back with the vision to give them a new lease of life only I didn't actually know how to do that...
When I arrived at Polliander studio I was greeted with a very warm welcome. The studio is a really lovely space to work in. Polly knows her trade inside out and is very passionate about her trade. Her attention to detail is really quite something. Over the course of a weekend I learnt how to strip back my chairs and rebuild the coverings with my chosen fabrics.
My chairs now look absolutely brilliant in their colourful new skin and after my weekend course with Polly I feel confident enough to up-holster similar items again myself in the future.
I'll be back Polly - next time to tackle an arm chair! Thank you very much.
Sophie - - #21270
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