Upholstery - two day course at Assington Mill

Duration: Two days (10-4.30)

Price: £230

Run by: Assington Mill

Contact: Anne Holden

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About the Course

Upholstery - 2 days
Tutor: Gary Phipps

This is a two-day course on traditional upholstery. Bring your own furniture to be re-upholstered under the supervision of a professional, Gary Phipps of Danbury Upholsterers. Learn the tricks of the trade and save money at the same time! There are only nine places, so early booking is advisable.

A dining chair, or a stool, or two drop-in seats would be the ideal subject for this course as, realistically, there is not time to do any more than this if you are a beginner. If you do not have anything suitable, Gary can provide new frames to be upholstered, which have the advantage of being sound, but please let us know in advance. Please don't bring anything that doesn't fit into the above categories, as it won't be suitable, and you will annoy the other students by taking up too much tutor-time!

If you do bring your own furniture, please make sure that it is mended and completely wobble-free beforehand, or you won't be able to work on it, and will lose a day. And it saves time to strip it of old upholstery, but bring it with you in a bag as Gary likes to re-use where possible.

TIP: if the woodwork doesn't look good, rub it over with genuine turpentine or white spirit:linseed oil (50:50) and wipe off the muck carefully with a clean rag. If you can still see the scratches, buy some Topp's Scratch Remover in the right colour from B&Q or similar, and apply that, but wipe off really well before finishing with a waxing (but don't use anything that contains silicone). This needs to be done beforehand ideally so that you don't stain the new upholstery covers.

PLEASE ASK TO GO ON THE RESERVE LIST when the course is full as we often have last-minute unavoidable cancellations. Ring Anne on 01787 229955.


Materials will be charged according to how much you use.. Please bring cash or a cheque book to pay Gary on the day.

You may wish to choose the seat covering material beforehand. Gary always has very acceptable odds and ends which he brings with him.

What to Bring
Materials and tools: please either bring the following with you, or be prepared to buy them from Gary at cost on the day. To buy online, try Axminster Tools. If you don't have the right tools, and don't want to buy them, please try to borrow them beforehand because it won't be acceptable to use other students' equipment.

Small magnetic hammer, wooden mallett, tack removing chisel, sharp scissors/shears, nail pincers.

Material for top cover of your chair/stool (Gary does bring end-of-lines with him).

Warm clothing and apron or overalls.

Strong shoes, in case you tread on a tack or drop a hammer.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above. Tools and materials, please see above.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 10th March 2018

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