Upholstery Courses; Day, Evening, Short Courses and intensive One-Week Course
Our Upholstery Courses offer courses and workshops, and complete restoration of upholstered furniture. A short training course is the ideal way for you to learn the traditional skills of the upholsterer. We teach you the age-old techniques that have been, and are still used for the best hand-upholstered furniture, using webbing, springs, fibre, animal hair, coconut coir, cotton wadding, as well as more recent innovations such as polyester wadding and foam. Our upholstery courses teach you how to strip the old coverings off the chair, clean and repair the frame, attach new webbing with either tacks or a staple gun, while judging the correct tension with a webbing stretcher. You will stitch the springs to the webbing and lash them down to the frame. If you choose to work on a large arm chair, you will learn how to work a sprung edge with springs and cane. The hessian base is then attached to cover the springs and webbing. Some chairs will require an edge roll to be formed and then the first stuffings are applied. And so we continue step-by-step, through all the stages until you are rewarded when you finally cut asnd attach the new fabric covering. Possible projects include making a drop in seat, deep-buttoning, pin cushion seat, overstuffed seat, overstuffed chair with springs, deep buttoned stool, footstool, recover an armchair, French polishing and more. Your project must of course not to too demanding than the time allowed; but our one-week courses can be repeated if you find you need more time. We also run a course that teaches traditional French Polishing skills (taught by furniture restorer Roy Courtnall Summerfield).
Our Upholstery Courses run along side our main workshop, and students are taught in the same large workspace where our own craftsmen work. You are able to observe professional upholsterers in action and learn from them. Our tutors are highly skilled craftspeople who have worked in the trade for many years. We believe that this unique teaching environment is what makes our courses so special and rewarding for students. Our adjoining cabinet making workshop is on hand so that any woodwork repairs needed to your project can also be incorporated into the course.
Workshop and Accommodation
Our workshops are in Nettleham, just north of the historic Cathedral city of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. Parking is available on site and Nettleham and Lincoln are good places to visit if you are from outside the city. Uphill Lincoln has some superb historical buildings, including Lincoln Cathedral and the Castle, surrounded by quaint shops in the Bailgate area, leading down to Steep Hill with its medieval buildings, restaurants and tea shops.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available nearby, either in the village or a couple of miles away in Lincoln itself. Accommodation costs are not included in the course fees.
Director: Edward W