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upholstery for beginners & improvers

Our Upholstery classes are perfect for you if you want to learn the core upholstery skills needed to give a new lease of life to a footstool, drop in seat, small ottoman or treasured family heirloom.

Our Monday daytime classes welcome beginners and improvers in a small group of only six in a class. This is he class to attend if you have a treasured family heirloom or something simpler.

At our Sunday Workshops, we welcome the simple starter projects as you are limited by the day, but if you wish to attend more than one date you are welcome to bring a more advanced project.

Our small class size guarantees you plenty of expert tuition and support from your tutor Ania or Clare and the other students.

who’s it for?

Beginners & Improvers. This course is perfect for people new to upholstery or those wanting to improve their skills who have already learnt the basics.

what will I learn?

This course teaches you the basics of modern upholstery including:

Stripping down the chair

Application of foam / webbing

Applying your fabric

More advance skills can be taught to the improvers. This is dictated by the complexity of your piece.

Before you book

Before you book, we ask that you send us a photo of your proposed upholstery project. This is so that we can check its suitable for the course.

Upholstery can be complicated and sometimes projects are anything but! We just want to make sure that you can complete your upholstery project within the timeframe of the course (or workshop).

Monday weekly classes are perfect for more complicated projects while our Sunday workshop is strictly for beginners and simple upholstery projects.

If in doubt, phone us for a chat to discuss your requirements.

what do I need to bring?

Bring along your first upholstery project!

  • Drop in seat like a piano stool, occasional dining chair or dressing table stool
  • Footstool
  • Small headboard
  • Ottoman

Your furniture should be in good repair (e.g. the seat of the chair needs reupholstering but no other repairs) and already sanded/painted/waxed if there is any bare wood.

You should be able to carry it up to the first floor of The Sewing Shed (we have limited availability to store projects in between classes so do check before).

Your chosen fabric, a tape measure and a pair of fabric scissors. Face covering (mask) and eye protection ie safety glasses and or a visor if you do not wear glasses.

what equipment is supplied?

Upholstery tools including access to pneumatic staple guns

One Janome sewing machine for each student

You can buy upholstery supplies in the class.

meet the tutor

Our experienced tutors Ania & Claire run the Upholstery for Beginners classes. Ania teaches the weekly classes and Clare teaches the Sunday Workshops. [Click here to read Ania’s & Clare’s bio]

when are the classes?

Monday Weekly Classes, A Five Week Course … because of all the bank holidays, but a slightly longer class time : 10-12.30 : 25th April, 16th May, 23rd May, 6th June & 13th June.

Sunday One Day Workshops the second Sunday of the month;

15th May, 12th June, 10th July, 14th August, 11th Sept, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December 2022.

How much does it cost?

The Monday Weekly Class, six week course costs £125 payable in advance

Sunday Workshop costs £95 payable in advance

how to book

For our Monday Weekly Classes we are now taking bookings for our course that starts w/c 28th February 2022. As we offer places on the next course to current students we do not take advance bookings – but compile a waiting list for this. If you would like to book or join our waiting list, please send us an email with your preference of class Monday morning or Monday afternoon and provide your phone number.

For our Sunday Upholstery Day Workshops we are now taking bookings for all dates above.

If you would like to book any of these dates please send us a photo via email

Where is it?

The Upholstery for Beginners course is held at The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Our beautiful studio in West Yorkshire is well equipped to help you learn upholstery. If you aren’t local why not attend the one day Sunday workshop and make a weekend of it, staying in the beautiful spa town of Ilkley. [Click here to view the map and contact details]

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