About the Course
Cherry Dobson is author of the extremely popular "The Upholstery Bible", which has sold 56,000 copies! Cherry started teaching Upholstery in Colchester 30 years ago for the Adult Education Centre. While tutoring in Colchester Cherry attended an Advanced City and Guilds Course at the Guildhall University London gaining a Distinction. I have always worked on private commissions myself, and so have considerable hands-on experience in the craft. Courses include both traditional and modern methods of upholstery.
Tuition is on an individual basis and students should bring a piece of furniture e.g chair, stool or headboard to the class, whether it be large or small and so long as it fits in your car!
The traditional method of upholstery using springs,hessian, hair etc.is taught but also modern techniques using rubberised hair, foam etc. Cane seating and Rush work are also taught.
Beginners and Improvers are both welcome at these classes but if you are a beginner it is better to start on a small project rather than a large armchair!
Lilac Barn is an ideal venue with easy access.Numbers are restricted so no student is kept waiting to see tutor.
Students coming for a week are able to leave project in the barn for the duration of the course.
Course places can only be reserved with course fee. Cheque or Bank transfer to Cherry Dobson or with Paypal
These classes are fun, constructive and addictive....beware!!
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?
These workshops costs £50 per day or £170 for 5 days. The workshops run from 10am to 4pm on various Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year, all dates are posted on the Lilac Barn website (click through to check dates above).
Students should enrol for either Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
All materials can be purchased at Lilac Barn and tools are available to borrow.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but students should bring their own lunch. Students should bring along the chair, stool or headboard they wish to work on.
I was lucky enough to attend a five day upholstery course with Cherry Dobson. I am a complete beginner and had no idea what to expect. Cherry’s approach was extremely professional. She guided me through each step, was extremely patient and has a wealth of knowledge on her subject. I finished the week with a fantastic winged armchair, now in tartan fabric!!! I cannot recommend this course enough. I have booked to return in November with another challenge! I think the course was also made enjoyable by the great bunch of people learning alongside me. Now totally hooked on upholstery.
Delia - - #12432
I have just completed a weeks upholstery course with Cherry having taken a week off work and booked myself a holiday cottage! Was a most relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a week. Cherry's teaching style means you get on with your own project no matter what your level but she is on hand to help and guide you. The lunch and cakes she provides are delicious and she makes everyone feel very welcome and has the patience of a saint with 8 students all wanting help at the same time! I would thoroughly recommend this course and hope to go back one day.
Julie - - #9023
This is the first chance I have had to get back to you. I wanted to thank you for the fantastic course that you ran last week. I learnt so much and was so pleased with my creations by the end of the week.
Lynn Faulkner - - #6965
Cherry is a fantastic teacher, and so helpful and supportive. I thoroughly enjoy my Upholstery days at The Lilac Barn, and always look forward to spending the day learning from Cherry with such a lovely group of fellow students. I have reupholstered 2 chairs, and am so pleased with them, and another is underway.
Sheila - - #4947
I have just got home from a 5 day course with Cherry ,what can I say, fantastic! there was 8 of us all doing different projects ,in the time I have covered a small sofa ,finished a nursing chair I had started previous and then started another chair .I have also attended the daily classes too.
Very highly recommended and can't wait to go back
Kate Bartlett - - #1613
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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