Course Provider: Pippa Clare Upholstery
Contact Name: Philippa Crosse
Emery Down & Bank Village Hall
Course Length: 1 day - 10am - 4pm
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The workshops are ideal for beginners and improvers to learn about the craft whilst upcycling your own chair or stool. You will acquire new skills and knowledge about this type of upholstery and will be given advice and instruction on the best way to achieve professional results.
During the day, depending upon the complexity of the project, each seat will be stripped, re-webbed and stuffed, covered with calico, and if time permits completed with your top cover fabric and trimmed. More advanced techniques for improvers can include lashing springs, buttoning, or working with a sprung unit seat base.
Tools are available but if you have them already please bring:
• a pair of sharp scissors
• a wooden mallet
• a tape measure
• a small hammer (magnetic if you have one)
• a tack remover
Ideally bring a scrap of carpet big enough to stand your furniture piece on. This will definitely help to stop your project slipping on the bench as you work. A notepad/pen and camera would also be useful to record your work to document what you have learnt for future use.
For beginners suitable furniture pieces (one day) include a drop in seat or stool. For improvers projects (over two days) might include a stuff over or sprung dining chair. The length of time it will take to complete your chair or seat will depend upon the complexity of the project. I will be pleased to discuss this with you beforehand.
What's included in the price?
General and specialist upholstery tools are available for use.
There will be a supply of upholstery materials that you can purchase, so you need only to bring your chosen top cover material and trim, if applicable. Please contact me when booking a place if you are planning to use foam, so that I can order it in. If your project has springs in it they can often, but not always, be re-used. Please do let me know beforehand so that replacements are available for you.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied throughout the day. There is kitchen at the hall with plenty of crockery and a fridge for you to store the packed lunches you bring. And if the weather is clement there is an area of grass where one can sit behind the building. If you fancy a lunch break at the New Forest Inn nearby they recommend that you book a table beforehand - 023 8028 4690. There is no need for reservations to have lunch in their garden.