What you need for the classes



In all the classes you will learn by working on your own project - so you need to have an idea or plan of something to work on.  A small chair or stool is ideal as a first project but students have successfully completed larger armchairs without any previous experience.

You will also learn by discussion with the tutor; observing demonstrations;  looking at books and photos and videos on a laptop; using handouts and through discussion with and observation of other students.

At the end of the morning and afternoon you will share your progress and learning with the rest of the group and this is also an opportunity to learn about different techniques and theories

 For the first session please bring with you:-

Your project or ideas for your project - if you have decided to work on a chair and want to strip it before the first session please make sure you keep what you take off and take plenty of photos and notes during the stripping process.   You can learn a lot from carefully removing the various layers you will find.    I can help with this by lending you specialist tools 

Also please bring any of these you have  

  • a small hammer; scissors; tape measure

  • any specialist tools you own

  • an old blanket to protect your project and help stop it slipping

  • a notebook or file and paper with pen and pencil to make your own notes about upholstery and soft furnishing in general and specifically about your own project and a camera if possible

Ideas for projects when you first start could be:-

  • A dining chair - drop in seat or stuffed over seat with or without springs

  • A stool

  • A fireside chair

  • A small caned chair

  • A small simple armchair 

  • Cushion covers or simple loose cover

Tools are available to buy or borrow and you can purchase upholstery materials e.g. webbing, hessian, fillings, calico etc. at every session when you need them. I also have a range of fabrics and braids which can be chosen from sample books and purchased for the top cover.


Reference books are always available and I have a laptop with useful photographs and videos of the stages of upholstery. I also provide plenty of handouts and worksheets.


I encourage you to keep a photographic record for yourself from the first stripping and though all stages