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Upholstery weekly classes


About the Course

This is a weekly course designed for both beginners and people with more experience who want help and guidance to complete a project.
Morning sessions available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30am-12
Bring your own item of furniture to be upholstered.
You can buy a footstool frame and all the materials needed to completely traditionally upholster your stool.
The course is run from my workshop based in central Bristol, with a maximum of 4 students in a class, you are guaranteed quality tuition time.
please get in touch for availability.
Terms start in time with Bristol Secondary schools. see my website or email me for more details on dates.

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What's included in the price?

You can purchase upholstery materials as you need them in quantities for your project.
All tools are available for use while you are in the workshop and tools are available to buy if you catch the upholstery bug and want to continue your project at home.
Workshop sundries such as glue, twine and tacks are included in the cost.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are included.


Karen Shields at Badger Upholstery
15 Wellington Lane
Montpelier, Bristol
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2.5 Hours weekly, price per week.

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- - #20277

I feel so fortunate that this is the upholstery course that I signed up for (I have been attending for 18 months now). I’d researched others, but was put off by having to stick to a rigid syllabus. Karen’s class, on the other hand, allows you to bring any piece - however difficult or unusual - and work on it with guidance & the extreme expertise that Karen herself offers. Not only is the teaching tailored to students (of any ability), but the group is small (no more than 4) so that Karen can give everyone plenty of individual attention. Karen has tremendous warmth & patience, supporting students in gaining skills, confidence & encouraging their creativity (I love seeing other attendees develope their ideas & projects - I learn from that too). This class is a real pleasure to attend & I can’t rate it highly enough!

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- - #19040

Karen is passionate about upholstery and is a great and inspirational teacher. The small group of four mean that you get a lot of attention from Karen in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed environment. Wednesday afternoons are the high light of my week and I would highly recommend Badger Upholstery to anyone who is thinking of taking up upholstery.

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- - #18941

I can’t rate this course enough. Karen is quite possibly the most patient, kind and very talented teacher you could ask for if you want to learn the craft of upholstery. From covering a small stool to making your own from scratch.

The classes are small which means you get lots of attention should you need it and learn in a very friendly relaxed environment. I probably shoudn’t mention Karen’s delicious home made flapjacks and cappuccinos to die for which makes the course exceptional value for money!

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- - #18894

Karen is a skilled and experienced upholsterer. There's nothing she doesn't know and she is the most amazing and patient teacher. I started with a weekend course about 18 months ago and have been hooked ever since. I love my Tuesday evening upholstery classes; they are the perfect antidote to the stresses of my day job. I fully recommend Karen's classes; whatever you want to upholster she'll help you create a professional looking and unique outcome!

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- - #18818

Karen is an excellent teacher and doesn’t seem to mind when I ask her to show me the same knot again and again! The class is well humoured as well as productive and we are gratefully supplied with lovely flapjacks and coffee. It is so easy to get the bug. I’m always excited to tackle new projects and learn new skills thanks to Karen.

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- - #18789

I’m amazed at what Karen coaxed out of me - I did a very complicated antique family heirloom as my first project and it turned out fantastically well! She’s a great teacher and it’s just such a joy being in her studio. I’m hooked now, and keep eying things in my home wondering if they ‘need’ upholstering! Great coffee too.

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- - #18779

I love doing upholstery courses with Karen. She is so enthusiastic about her craft and a brilliant empathetic teacher whose keenness passion and interest in all matters upholstery is catching. I have totally got the bug. Karen encourages me in whatever project i am working on. Completely reupholstering a huge chaise longue in a 2 day course is a wonderful testament to Karen's teaching and can do approach. And the coffee is fantastic as well.

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- - #15402

A challenging first project I was told! - with Karen's 'can do' attitude and support, I succeeded in finishing a complex chair in a two day workshop followed by a couple of one off sessions. I loved the small group size and that we were all working on different projects. Karen's ability to 'hold' us all at our different stages with different needs was extraordinary and I'm looking forward to returning. Great coffee too!

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- - #15338

My husband and I have just completed a thoroughly enjoyable intensive upholstery weekend with Karen. We couldn't be more delighted with the excellent quality of tuition, how much we learnt and the projects we have completed. As well as being a fantastic tutor, Karen was a great host and ensured we were very well catered for. Lunch, coffee and snacks were delicious as well. We have now caught the upholstery bug and would definitely recommend Karen's workshops.

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- - #7333

A fantastic flexible and friendly course which I can not recommend enough. I called Karen out of the blue for a chat about my project and the type of fabric I should buy, she was so friendly and helpful I enrolled straight onto the course. It's been fantastic to take along my own project, karen's very knowledgeable and tailored the sessions to what I wanted to achieve, even gave me little tasks to do before the next session, which was just what I wanted. 4/5 sessions down and I'm coming to the end of my project, I'm really going to miss it and can't wait to find the next project to move onto.

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- - #6093

I get quite a few friends laughing when I say I drive down from London on a weekly basis and have been doing so for the past three weeks to see Karen. As a self employed person I cannot take several days off to hunker down in another city so the morning short courses are totally worth it and a nice break from my routine.
What is even better is it is traditional upholstery. Not a staple in sight which is exactly what I wanted.
Karen is very passionate about what she does and the popularity of her courses proves it.
It is a flexible way of learning a new skill and the wealth of knowledge I am currently getting from Karen is amazing.

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- - #5995

Totally addicted!! Been coming for over 6 months, Karen is absolutely fantastic. She is attentive, flexible and ready to share her ideas and experience. As well as her invaluable knowledge of upholstery she has created a fun, welcoming and comfortable environment in which to complete your project/projects!! Can't recommend highly enough.

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- - #5950

Such a wonderful course!
Karen was always on hand to help with the fiddly / frustrating bits. I learnt so much and had a lot of fun doing it.
I'm already looking for my next project...

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- - #5929

I can not recommend Karen an her course highly enough. Her style of teaching is perfect as you gain all the know how you need, with a real hands on approach. I have given new life to lots of pre loved chairs an foot stools an take great pride in the quality finish Karen has helped me create. I look forward all week to going again. Real ME time an we all need that.

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- - #5928

Amazingly talented tutor, relaxed, kind friendly and patien. Learned so much already ! Enjoy every minute

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- - #4994

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- - #3744

Thank you Karen, I had a great time and your course is just what I had in mind - My new footstool looks amazing!!! I would now feel confident doing a small project myself. Really appreciated you letting me be flexible with my dates, your home was lovely (especially your home made cakes and biscuits!!!). I will be getting one of your courses as a gift for my sister.

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