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upholstery for beginners

The Upholstery for Beginners classes are perfect if you want to learn the core upholstery skills needed to give a new lease of life to a footstool, chair or small ottoman. A small class of no more than six people guarantees you plenty of expert tuition and support from your tutor Ania and the other students.

who’s it for?

Beginners. This course is perfect for people new to upholstery.

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

what do I need to bring?

Bring along your first upholstery project! It could be a simple chair, drop in seat, footstool or ottoman. You can always send us a photo of your project to check it’s suitable:

It should be in good repair (e.g. the seat of the chair needs reupholstering but no other repairs)

You should be able to carry it up to the first floor of The Sewing Shed and you are welcome to leave small projects there in between classes.

Your chosen fabric

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 tutor Ania runs the Upholstery for Beginners classes [Click here to read Ania’s bio]

    when are the classes?

    We offer a six-week course on Mondays with the option to join either a morning 10am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 2.30pm afternoon class, or both!

    The Saturday Beginners Upholstery Workshop runs from 10 – 4pm

    We anticipate we will be able to offer Upholstery classes from October 2020.

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    How much does it cost?

    The six week course costs £110 payable in advance Saturday Workshop costs £75 payable in advance

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    How to book

    Click here to book your place or join the waiting list

    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 Saturday 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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