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Upholstery for beginners


About the Course

The Upholstery for Beginners course gives a step-by-step clear instruction for anyone wanting to learn some upholstery techniques. The learner will work on their own furniture and be guided through each stage of their project from stripping down the old upholstery, webbing, stuffing and stitching techniques to putting on the top fabric.

The next class runs weekly from 10 am until 1 pm.

The class sizes are small, (I aim for about seven students) and the sessions are long enough to really get stuck into you work (but with a break, of course). It is a very peaceful and friendly class, where much can be achieved.

All you need for the first session is a chair or something in need of upholstery. Not too big. No sofas please! Dining chairs, piano stools or side chairs are ideal.

I am an experienced furniture maker, tutor, upholsterer and craftsman and I look forward to helping you with your project.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools will be provided and I am happy to loan tools to anyone who wants to do some more work at home during the course.
The cost is £13 per 3 hour session.

Due to the variety of projects members will pay for their own materials, under careful guidance. A very rough estimate would be £25 plus the cost of your top cover but it depends so much on your project. Many of the materials used can be provided by me and I will bill you at the end of the project

I provide tea, coffee and biscuits, as there is a small kitchen at the venue.


Julian Duckham at Julian Duckham
Ashwell Village Hall 18 Oakham Road
LE15 7LW
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- - #29797

My husband and I took this course in autumn 2019. We were both upholstery novices but wanted to re-spring and re-cover an art deco armchair.

We thoroughly enjoyed learning with Julian, whose knowledge is wide and whose patience is long. The number of people varied week to week from three or four to six, each person doing a different style of upholstery. There was a great spirit of camaraderie and it was fascinating to see what other people were doing and the progress they made.

Patience is necessary. There's only one Julian and he has to share his time amongst everyone; sometimes it's necessary to wait a while for him to get back to you.

I have no hesitation in recommending Julian and this course to anyone embarking on an upholstery project. I travelled over an hour each way to do so, and would do it again. I'm looking for a new assignment which gives me cause to do that!

Thank you, Julian

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