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Upholstery skills - from basic to advanced, traditional and modern styles

Upholstery skills - from basic to advanced, traditional and modern styles

Course Provider: Manorhouse School of Upholstery

Contact Name: Jan Dyson

Telephone: 07951741965

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Thorpe Lane
West Yorkshire

Course Length: 9 sessions of 2.5 hours each

Price: £180

5 star rating, 4 reviewers.

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


The current course runs across 9 weeks in 2.5 hour sessions. There are 5 time slots - Tuesday pm 12.30 - 3.00, Tuesday pm 7.00 - 9.00 and Wednesday am 9.30 - 12.00, Wednesday pm 12.30 - 3.00, and Wednesday pm 7.00 - 9.00. The course is taught by Jan and Angela; both are City and Guilds qualified and have previously taught upholstery and sewing for Kirklees College.

Students work in small groups of up to 10, with mixed abilities and ages. New students are encouraged to begin with a small item of furniture such as a drop in seat, a small footstool, or even a headboard. All equipment is available to use, but students are welcome to bring their own tools if they prefer.

Advice and teaching is very hands on and practical and students will learn at their own pace in a friendly and fun environment. Students with no experience are welcome and will be taught the basic skills required to progress to a complete upholstery project. Students with some experience and a desire to refine skills or learn new techniques are equally welcome.

Both modern and traditional techniques can be learnt.

The course is currently located in Almondbury, a couple of miles from Huddersfield.

Individual or small group lessons can be booked at different times including evenings and weekends, and the content and level of the tuition can be tailored to particular needs.

What's included in the price?

Tools are available to use on the course. Materials and essentials such as tacks, staples and other ancillaries are available to buy at minimal cost. Also on offer are a wide variety of fabrics for purchase at below retail price. Refreshments are available on site for a minimal cost.

Pieces of furniture are not supplied but if new students are struggling to find a suitable piece, assistance can be provided.

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As much as I learn loads on this course, I consider it a great social as well. I love watching Jan and Angela thrash out solutions to new upholstery challenges; each project is treated as unique and the answers are never left uncovered. They 're both tremendous teachers, work at a fierce pace (if that's what you want), and correction is communicated in a sympathetic manner. It's also lovely to talk to other participants about their projects and everyone is more than happy to share. I can't recommend highly enough.
Jacky G


Definitely recommend this course for both beginners and advanced upholsterers. The tutors are very knowledgeable and experienced. Great, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.


This is a great course where the atmosphere is friendly and the tutors are very skilled and hands on. No matter what your ability this course will really give you confidence and skills you need to upholster your chosen piece of furniture.


Excellent course. Very knowledgable tutors catering for all abilities. Good friendly environment. Very satisfying when you have finished your own unique piece of furniture.


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