'Bring Your Own Project' Day - Upholstery
An ideal class for beginners or improvers. This is a weekly class on a Friday which can be booked, here, as a single day, or in a discounted block booking (of 4 consecutive Fridays) on a separate listing. From 2023, the class will be on a Friday from 9:30am-3:30pm. You will be learning in a relaxed but purposeful environment with plentiful tea, coffee and biscuits. Class sizes: A maximum of 3 students per session, so you will get plenty of guidance. Learn new skills and techniques to achieve more professional results Projects: This is determined by your choice of chair and what the project needs. Traditional & modern methods are both taught - traditional methods are more time consuming. You can recover your furniture, which entails taking off the top fabric only. This option is faster but requires a sound base of stuffings. Or you can reupholster, this involves ripping off all layers until you get to the bare frame and rebuilding it from there. This option takes twice as long but is a fascinating process. An ideal beginners project would be a footstool, drop in dining chair pads or a covered dining chair. A traditional nursing chair would be an ideal intermediate or 'improver's' project for the 4- weeks. A wing-chair or small arm chair would be an advanced project, which also requires the sewing of a box cushion and may require additional sessions. As a guide, a wing back chair can take 8 sessions Upon booking, Katie will request that you email a photo of your project. Just to check that it is a suitable piece; all chairs are different. Ideally, your wooden frame should be sound and not require extensive repair. Tuition: Traditional or modern techniques taught, full re-upholstery or recovering using demonstrations and one-to-one work with Katie. Preparation: you will need to bring along a chair or frame and supply top cover fabric. You're welcome to remove coverings during the class to receive guidance on the proper 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. Tool hire and sundries included. Additional materials at trade prices + £2 handling fee per order. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts
Katie is an experienced furniture restorer, upholsterer and teacher with 8 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 a qualified Design and Technology teacher with a degree in the History of Art and Design. She now runs a small upholstery business in her home-town, Stone, and teaches locally.
- Advanced/pro level
- Suitable for beginners
- Intermediate level
- Parking provided
- Father's Day
- Daytime (weekdays)
- Mother's Day
- Long term / weekly / monthly