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Upholstery workshops near Edinburgh


Duration: 1 day

Price: £95

Book with: Catherine Moulin
at Upholster a Chair

Modwena Cottage
Whittingehame
Haddington
East Lothian
EH41 4QA

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About the Course

Our workshops are held at a variety of venues including Newbattle Abbey, Glencorse Community Centre, Restoration Yard at Dalkeith County Park and Melville Castle Hotel. All the workshops are within easy access from Edinburgh and the bypass.The day costs £95 and all catering is provided.

Our workshops are for beginners looking for a one day taster course or those committed to a larger project. All skills levels welcome to our small classes that are in easy reach of Edinburgh.

This “mix and match” way of running a workshop provides a chance to see the wide variety of chairs that are brought along for rejuvenation. We really believe that you can learn from each other and not just from the tutors. You will learn traditional skills working to professional standards.

Find out if upholstery works for you. Bring a piece of furniture, your fabric and any final trimming, such as braid or nailstrip. We provide all the tools. The materials like webbing, felt, calico and nails are provided for a small additional charge.

A footstool, dining chair with drop in seat or piano stool works for a one day course. Before you come, strip off all the old materials and make sure there are no wobbly joints. Ideally, your frame should be made of “proper” wood because mdf and veneered wood can be difficult to work with and an easy project to start with is always a good idea!

If you have a bigger project in mind – perhaps four days – just choose the dates that suit you best. Beginners as well as those who have already done some upholstery will be very welcome.

Some additional materials will be available for purchase during the course.

Look at our website and our Facebook page for workshop dates and to get an idea of what previous students have achieved.

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

What's included in the price?

We provide:

Basic tools needed for upholstery

Upholstery supplies

More specialist equipment including sewing machine, staplers, needles and button making equipment

There is a lot of kneeling - you might want to bring knee pads

Tea and coffee on arrival, lunch and mid afternoon tea and coffee.



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Course Start Dates

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


  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends