Weekend Course

Weekend Course

Work on your own project, at your own pace with expert tuition, help and advice along the way.

This two-day weekend course is ideal for reupholstering a dining chair or stool with a drop-in or stuff over seat.  If you are stuck for a project our local Antique and Vintage furniture store, Bringsty Vintage, has lots of old chairs for sale.

Another great, local resource for finding furniture to upholster is The Shabby Chic Shac in Bromsberrow, HR8 1PG, just off J2 of the M50 on the Ledbury road A417.  Or you can order online and have it delivered directly here so it’s waiting for you upon your arrival!

Also, three, four, or five day course available.

“…it really deserves 5 stars. The course was brilliantly run, the food was excellent and the room wonderful. Lucy and Stephen are great hosts and I learnt so much from Lucy’s expertise…As a complete beginner I took a drop-in seat and it was the perfect size project for 2 days…Thank you for a lovely weekend and I’m already trying to find a date to come back!”
Imogen, London – January 2016

“…thank you so much for a lovely weekend and making me feel welcome.  So welcome and at ease!  It was one of the most unique  holiday/courses I’ve ever had the privilege to be treated to, I  actually miss the place!  I fully intend to come back at some point  with my wife.”
Matt, Birmingham – March 2015

2018 Dates:
August 25th & 26th – FULL
September 8th & 9th – FULL
September 22nd & 23rd – FULL
October 6th & 7th – FULL
October 20th & 21st – FULL
November 3rd & 4th – 1 space remaining
November 17th & 18th – FULL
December 1st & 2nd – 4 spaces remaining
December: 15th & 16th – 4 spaces remaining

2019 Dates:
January 26th & 27th – 4 spaces remaining
February 2nd & 3rd – 4 spaces remaining
February 16th & 17th – 4 spaces remaining
March 2nd & 3rd – 4 spaces remaining
March 16th & 17th – 4 spaces remaining
March 30th & 31st – 4 spaces remaining
April 13th & 14th – 4 spaces remaining
April 27th & 28th – 4 spaces remaining
May 4th & 5th – 4 spaces remaining
May 18th & 19th – 4 spaces remaining
June 8th & 9th – 4 spaces remaining
June 22nd & 23rd – 4 spaces remaining

Tutor:
Lucy Brodie, lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk; mobile 0782 8286360; landline 01886 821955
Lucy holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers having been trained in the use of modern and traditional materials and methods.

Cost:
£180 including home-made lunch, biscuits & cakes.  Cost does not include materials used.  All materials except the main fabric are kept in stock and a charge is made at the end of the course for the materials each student uses.  You are however, welcome to bring all your own materials with you if you wish.
Gift vouchers are available; please email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

Accommodation:
We offer a reduced rate of £60.00/night for upholstery students with an extra £20.00/night if your partner wishes to join you.

Pamper yourself!
You can book a head or body massage, reflexology session or aromatherapy whilst staying with us.  Julia Haywood from Pure Thyme is happy to visit.  Please book directly with Julia (mobile 07964 176747 or email info@purethyme.co.uk).

Time:
10.00 – 17.00 with an hour for lunch; tea, coffee, juice with home-made biscuits and cake throughout the day!

Number on course:
4 maximum

About the course:
This is a two-day course where we will look at both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses.  Bring with you a small project, e.g.  drop in seat, small recovering projects, ottoman style box, headboard for bed; I suggest you ring when you book to check the suitability of your chosen project.  You will need sufficient fabric to cover your project, all other materials I stock and will charge for as you use them.

The techniques taught include:

  • Traditional or Modern Upholstery techniques – the basic skills and techniques used to upholster a piece of furniture whichever is appropriate.
  • Simple Repairs – making good the frame (filling in holes, gluing joints).
  • Handling Fabrics and Materials Correctly – during cutting, stitching and fixing, including such materials as webbing, hessian, animal hair/coir fibre, waddings.
  • Handling Tools Correctly – including hammers, tack- lifters, ripping chisels etc.
  • Health & Safety guidelines

What you should bring with you

  • Your piece of furniture: you should bring only small chairs (dining chair style) or stools with a drop-in seat, or pin-stuffed or sprung seat.  I can help with minor repairs to your furniture but if they are in need of major repairs it is probably better to have them mended by a professional furniture restorer before you arrive.  If you have trouble finding a suitable piece of furniture, please ask for help.
  • Any tools you already own (magnetic or pin hammer, pincers, pliers, tack lifter, ripping chisel) although tools will be provided for your use during the 2 days.
  • Apron or overalls if you wish.
  • A dust sheet or old bedcover.
  • A large pair of SHARP scissors.
  • Camera to record the stages of your work.
  • Notebook and pencil.
  • An old leather glove to protect your hand when stitching.
  • Top cover upholstery fabric – if you have difficulty finding upholstery fabric, I do have an old trunk full of remnant fabric you can rummage through.  Alternatively, let me know at least a week before your arrival of your choice of fabric from the suppliers with whom I have an account with so I can ensure the fabric is ordered and delivered in time.

To book:
Contact Lucy by email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk or mobile 0782 8286360
A deposit equal to one day’s tuition is required to guarantee your booking.  This deposit will be refunded if you cancel more than 14 days before arrival.   If you cancel your booking within 14 days of your planned arrival date the deposit will not be refunded.  In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) no refund will be given.  Full booking balance is due four weeks before arrival.

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