'Bring Your Own Upholstery Project'

Course tutor, Katie.


An ideal class for improvers or those who have tried upholstery before and want to tackle a further project. You may have covered a footstool before. This class runs every Thursday and can be booked, via this listing, as a single day or in a discounted block booking (of 4 consecutive Thursdays on a separate listing).

If you want to try out the Thursday class or 'hop on' and 'hop off' when you need some guidance, this class is for you.

You may want to tackle your second or third project such as a nursing chair or more advanced project such as a wingback. You could also learn a variety of techniques on smaller, but different pieces. The class is determined by your needs.

Timings & dates: This class is from 9:30am-3:30pm. It runs on Thursdays. The structure ensures you can have a 'good run' at your project, if needed, while learning in a relaxed but purposeful environment with plentiful tea, coffee and biscuits.

Class sizes: A maximum of 3 students per session ensures you will get plenty of guidance. You will learn new skills and techniques to achieve professional results.

Projects: This is determined by your choice of chair and what the project needs. Traditional or modern methods are both taught... traditional methods are more time consuming. Please also consider if your chair needs reupholstering or recovering.

Recovering = Taking the top fabric off and replacing with new - the structure of the seat is in tact and strong enough to last many years of usage.
Reupholstering = In need of ripping all layers off to bare frame, and rebuilding - uncomfortable to sit on, saggy, wobbly joints, springs falling through the base etc. Prepare to spend twice as long completing the fascinating upholstery rebuild process.

Upholstery is a fascinating craft which takes years to fully master, so day classes are a great way to delve further into the skills and techniques and to develop confidence.

A traditional nursing chair would be an ideal intermediate or 'improver's' project.

A wing-chair or small arm chair would be an advanced project, which also requires the sewing of a box cushion. As a guide this would take an advanced learner approximately 8 full days.

Upon booking, Katie will request that you email a photo of your project so she can check that it is a suitable piece; all chairs are different. Ideally, your wooden frame should be sound and not require extensive repair. Tuition and guidance can be given on frame repairs - bear in mind whilst the frame is being repaired the upholstery stuffings and layers cannot yet be applied.

Techniques: traditional or modern techniques taught, full re-upholstery or recovering.

Tuition: appropriate class demonstrations and one-to-one work with Katie.

Skill level: Improvers or beginners who have some experience of using textiles or sewing.

Preparation: you will need to bring along a chair or frame and supply top cover fabric. You are welcome to remove coverings during the class to receive guidance on the proper use of tools and stripping techniques. In this case, it is advisable to bring the piece along to the first session to receive tuition and then complete the process at home before the following session. This makes the best use of the time.

Tutor: Katie is an experienced furniture restorer, upholsterer and teacher with 10 years experience teaching craft skills. After completing the City & Guilds Diplomas in Traditional Furniture Making and Upholstery she qualified as a City & Guilds Trainer/Assessor and taught at a City & Guilds training centre in Bristol. She is also a qualified design and technology teacher with a degree in the History of Art and Design.

*Timings & dates: This class is from 9:30pm-3:30pm,

Venue & Facilities: Classes are run from Meticulous' studio at Spode Works - the site of the historic former pottery factory of Josiah Spode, which was in operation from 1776-2008. The old China Halls have now been converted into studios by the arts organisation ACAVA in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Arts Council England.

Currently on site are the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, The Quarter @ Potbank restaurant/bar/music venue, Potbank Aparthotel, and ACAVA Studios, where Meticulous is based.

The onsite café and heritage centre provide a great venue for lunch. The Quarter @ Potbank café is open Wednesday - Sunday, plus there is a local pie shop and a Sainsbury’s store within 5 minutes walk.

You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch to eat either within the workshop or the communal seating area. Tea and coffee is supplied.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tuition, loan of tools and equipment, (sundries e.g. staples, glue and tacks) and refreshments - tea, coffee and lots of biscuits!

Materials required for renovation are available to purchase. You are also welcome to buy them online/bring your own.

Top cover fabric is to be supplied by the learner - although Katie often has spare materials from past projects she can provide if requested before the course.


Katie Brennan at Meticulous Restoration

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Studio 7, ACAVA Studios, Spode Works
Elenora Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1¼ days (9:30am to 3:30pm)

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