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

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About the Course

The course is taught by Jan; a City and Guilds qualified upholsterer who has previously taught upholstery and sewing for Kirklees College.

Students work in small groups of 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 located in Almondbury, a couple of miles from Huddersfield centre.

Students choose 1 or more sessions per week - e.g. Monday evenings for 12 weeks

The starting date for the next block of classes is shown at the top of this page. To ask any questions before you register for these classes contact Jan Dyson using the 'Ask a Question' tab.

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?

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. Procedures have been adapted to cater for Covid 19 guidelines.

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


Jan Dyson at Manorhouse School of Upholstery
Thorpe Lane
West Yorkshire
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12 weeks (flexible times to suit)

Next available date

4th January 2021

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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In-person course
- - #24354

A brilliant facility and everyone is friendly and welcoming. Jan and Angela are great teachers, very patient and never daunted when you bring in a slightly bizarre project. I had been meaning to book on a course for ages, finally got round to it and so pleased I did as I have been attending for the past two years and love Tuesday evenings. It is so satisfying when you finish something that you are proud of. Would highly recommend the course.

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- - #24075

Attending Manor House School of Upholstery is a weekly highlight. Jan and Angela pitch their teaching at your level and are very patient. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and make friends in a welcoming and supportive environment.

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- - #24006

I love attending the upholstery course and have been a regular attendee for 2 years at this venue. The facilities are great and the tutition is excellent. We learn and share from each other as well as from Jan and Angela. Their style of tution is very supportive and helps me to learn how to do things for myself, gaining confidence in my own skills and ensuring that I develop. It is a fun class and I enjoy the opportunity to make new friends and look forward to seeing them each week as well as us all sharing the progress of our projects. I would recommend this course as you will learn loads of new skills and take home a beautifully refurbished piece of furniture.

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- - #23993

I absolutely love this class. I’ve been attending now for more than three years and have achieved so much more than I would have imagined when I first started out. Jan and Angela are great teachers and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. It’s the highlight of my week!

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- - #23991

I will be starting my 4th term on the course in September. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every session I have undertaken. Jan and Angela are so knowledgable and encouraging. The classes are so friendly, in fact the social aspect is an added bonus. I have learnt so many skills whilst working on various projects. I can not recommend the course highly enough.

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- - #23990

I absolutely love attending Manorhouse School of Upholstery. It’s such a lovely relaxed atmosphere where you can meet and chat to other like minded people and it’s great to see all the different projects students bring along. Jan and Angela are fabulous teachers. They are patient, knowledgeable and make learning upholstery fun. They are able to advise on any project that students bring along no matter how varied.

The school caters for any level of competence and covers both modern and traditional techniques. I’ve attended leisure classes elsewhere but here you’re taught attention to detail and how to do things properly! Highly recommended.

In-person course
- - #23989

I am about to start my third year with Jan and Angela. They are both so helpful, knowledgeable and patient which is needed given my limited skills. They offer advice and assistance, both bringing their own experience and approach to any project. The course members are friendly and helpful and there is a really nice atmosphere each week. I would recommend anyone gives upholstery a go - it's great fun and the sense of satisfaction when you finish a project which is a joint effort with Jan and Angela is fantastic.

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- - #18458

A brilliant course taught by the very skilled and experienced Jan and Angela, who teach both traditional and modern techniques of upholstery in a friendly and fun environment. Completing my projects has given me a huge sense of achievement and a lot of pleasure along the way. Highly recommended.

Response from Manorhouse School of Upholstery:

That's so lovely of you Margaret and we are both delighted that you enjoyed the course so much. It makes it hugely worthwhile to know the enjoyment and satisfaction that people get from the course.
Jan and Angela

In-person course
- - #12389

I had my very first upholstery lesson yesterday, and I loved it!
Jan and Angela were so welcoming and lovely and took away any nerves straight away, they were so patient and took time to explain all the basics really clearly!
The workshop is fab and has a really lovely friendly feel. I was so happy and excited when I left and I know I’m really going to enjoy my course and learn so much!

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- - #9310

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

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- - #9306

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

In-person course
- - #9301

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.

In-person course
- - #9300

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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