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Upholstery weekly drop-in with Jo Walton

Upholstery weekly drop-in with Jo Walton

Course Provider: The Urban Chair Co

Contact Name: Jo Walton

Telephone: 07960329286

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Rogues Atelier Studios
28A Fossgate
North Yorkshire

Course Length: 3 hour sessions which run weekly. Drop-in for 1 to

Price: £8

5 star rating, 4 reviewers.

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£8 per hour upholstery tuition in the center of York.

Learn how to upholster using the traditional method of hand-built stuffing and stitching and building modern furniture with foam and wadding. With guidance you will develop a sense for the correct tension of the fabric, and the feel of the furniture. These key points will help you to achieve the professional appearance needed for your work. Sessions are £8 per hour and students are limited to a maximum of 7 per session which means plenty of work space and individual tuition time. Materials can be purchased from Jo. Tools are available to borrow. Just bring along your furniture.

This can be anything up to a small sofa as long as you can take it home after the session!

If need to fit your learning time around other commitments then tuition at an hourly rate of £18 per hour can be arranged. Students coming on consecutive days can leave their project at Rogues Atelier whilst working on it.

Jo is a City and Guilds Traditional and Modern Upholsterer and trained at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds. She also studied Fine Art in Bradford University and achieved a BA Honours degree specialising in painting, printmaking and photography. She now combines those abilities to produce her own unique pieces of furniture.

Jo has been upholstering on and off for 15 years and has run Upholstery and Soft Furnishings workshops for City of York Council. She is known for her straight forward approach and believes her students need to understand each stage thoroughly. She will make sure you get it right.

Jo enjoys up-cycling traditional pieces of furniture creating her own original style and is currently working on a delicate dining chair and a 50’s Parker Knoll winged arm-chair. Next will be a sweet little Utility Sofa upholstered in her own designed fabrics.

Rogues Atelier Studios is in Fossgate - a thriving city street full of great restaurants and cafes in the heart of York with easy access and some limited parking.

What's included in the price?

All materials apart from your final cover can be purchased from Jo at Rogues Atelier and tools are available to borrow. Just bring along your furniture...this can be a anything up to a small sofa as long as you can take it home after each session! Tea and coffee is free of charge.

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I have been attending the Tuesday drop in class for 6 months now and in that time I have
re-upholstered 6 dining chairs, 2 footstools and I am currently attempting a challenging large Victorian chair. All this has only been possible because Jo is a brilliant tutor she gives you not only the skills to achieve so much in class but also the confidence to continue your project at home, she explains the how & why and doesn't make you feel a complete twit if you don't immediately grasp what she is telling you! I feel proud of what I have achieved with Jo's help and now I find I am constantly on the look out for tired, worn out pieces of furniture to 'beautify'. Thank You Jo


I started the Tuesday morning classes a couple of months ago with quite a difficult chair for a total beginner! But I can honestly say I have enjoyed every second. Jo makes you feel very relaxed therefore you enjoy yourself. The 3 hours felt like 3 mins. The concentration is something I have always found hard but finally in my old age, I can do it!! I am very proud of myself but I could not have achieved a difficult chair and foot stool (so far) without Jo. I wish she had been my teacher when I was little then I would have gone far! She is a brilliant teacher.


2 day weekend upholstery workshop in York with Jo Walton. What a weekend! Lots of one to one tuition from Jo who is a very skilled craftswoman. I learned so much and got far more from the course than I ever expected to. I now have the confidence and some of the skills to start work on further projects. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of renovating a piece of furniture. Thanks so much for your time skills and patience Jo.


Brilliant traditional upholstery weekend in a sunny, well equipped studio. Small group size so plenty of one to one tuition & support from Jo Walton of the Urban Chair Company. Being surrounded by the incredible pieces she's created was inspirational. As was the camaraderie within the group. Jo has the skills of a master crafts woman, & the patience of a saint. Loved it! Thank you :)


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