Upholstery

2-day Course

Two-day course for beginners

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.

Dates for 2015:
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2015 – 1 space available
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015 – FULL

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April 2015 – FULL
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2015 – FULL

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2015
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2015

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2015

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015

Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2015
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015

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:
£140 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.

Accommodation:
If you wish to stay at Huntlands Farm on the Friday and Saturday nights the total cost of the course and accommodation (bed and breakfast) will be £240.00.  If your partner wishes to join you, an extra £20.00 per night will be charged.

Time:
09.30 – 17.30 with one hour for lunch; tea, coffee, juice with home-made biscuits and cake throughout the day!

Number on course:
3 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 material – if you have difficulty finding upholstery fabric, please do look on the fabric websites with whom I have accounts with:
    Abraham Moon, synonymous with wool interior fabrics, craft all their fabrics in West Yorkshire.  No other brand specialises in wool and brings out its luxury and benefits in quite the same way.
    Ardalanish, Isle of Mull Weavers who use an organic weaving mill to produce beautiful tweed woven on the 1950’s Dobcross looms using the wool from native sheep including their own Hebrideans.
    Emily Burningham, a British designer who offers a delightful collection of textiles inspired by design from Japan, the Arts and Crafts Movement, 18th Century fabric, Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as  flowers and plants, animals and insects and beauty of the classical English Garden.  Emily has a determination to combine good design with quality materials whilst supporting UK manufacture.
    Ian Mankin provide natural and organic fabrics manufactured in the UK.
    Voyage offer a wide range of upholstery fabrics including the wonderful Voyage Country range; I have many of their pattern books

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 on the day of arrival.

3/4/5-day Course

Three/four/five-day course for beginners

Choose whether you wish to attend for three, four or five days where you can reupholster a dining chair with a sprung seat or a small nursing chair without arm pads.  If you are stuck for a project our local Antique and Vintage furniture store, Bringsty Vintage, has lots of old chairs for sale.

“…attended a three day upholstery course which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I learnt a lot in very pleasant surroundings with a delightful teacher.  Lucy couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly and her skills were obvious.  Lunch each day was a welcome relax break and the food was delicious, thanks to Stephen.  Three days well spent and highly recommended.”
Jo, Evesham – February 2015

“Such a comfortable, welcoming and delicious stay in your beautiful home – the kindest hosts.  Plus, such a fun and creative upholstery course – learnt lots and had fun.  Thank you.”
Jo, Cambridgeshire – January 2014.

Dates for 2015:
Weeks commencing:
Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2015
Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March 2015 – FULL

Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April 2015 – FULL
Monday 27th April – Friday 1st May 2015

Monday 11th May – Friday 15th May 2015 – FULL
Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2015

Monday 8th June – Friday 12th Friday June 2015
Monday 22nd June – Friday 26th June 2015 – FULL

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2015
Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July 2015 – FULL

Monday 3rd August – Friday 7th August 2015
Monday 17th August – Friday 21st August 2015

Monday 31st August – Friday 4th September 2015 – FULL
Monday 14th September – Friday 18th September 2015

Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October 2015
Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October 2015

Monday 9th November – Friday 13th November 2015
Monday 23rd November – Friday 27th November 2015

Monday 7th December – Friday 11th December 2015

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:
3 days: £200.00
4 days: £250.00
5 days: £310.00
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.

Accommodation:
If you wish to stay at Huntlands Farm whilst on the course the cost will be an extra £20.00 per night and an evening meal (optional) is £15.00.
If your partner wishes to stay at the farm whilst you are on your course, an extra £20.00 per night will be charged.

Time:
09.30 – 17.30 with one hour for lunch; tea, coffee, juice with home-made biscuits and cake throughout the day!

Number on course:
3 maximum

About the course:
Depending on what project you bring with you, we will look at both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses.   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: 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.
  • 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 material – if you have difficulty finding upholstery fabric, please do look on the fabric websites with whom I have accounts with:
    Abraham Moon, synonymous with wool interior fabrics, craft all their fabrics in West Yorkshire.  No other brand specialises in wool and brings out its luxury and benefits in quite the same way.
    Ardalanish, Isle of Mull Weavers who use an organic weaving mill to produce beautiful tweed woven on the 1950’s Dobcross looms using the wool from native sheep including their own Hebrideans.
    Emily Burningham, a British designer who offers a delightful collection of textiles inspired by design from Japan, the Arts and Crafts Movement, 18th Century fabric, Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as  flowers and plants, animals and insects and beauty of the classical English Garden.  Emily has a determination to combine good design with quality materials whilst supporting UK manufacture.
    Ian Mankin provide natural and organic fabrics manufactured in the UK.
    Voyage offer a wide range of upholstery fabrics including the wonderful Voyage Country range; I have many of their pattern books

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 on the day of arrival.

 

Student’s Work

“A brilliant time all round: great upholstery course, lovely warm and comfortable bedroom, Lady Grey tea, and super food.  A wonderful and productive weekend with lovely company.”

“Thank you again for a great weekend. I really enjoyed it and my newly upholstered furniture is now proudly on display!  And thank you to Stephen for the yummy lunches.”

Commissions
If you have a piece of furniture you would like me to upholster please do email me with photographs or phone 0782 8286360 to discuss further.

Victorian nursing chair

Victorian nursing chair upholstered in Ian Mankin fabric.

 “It’s perfect!  Thank you so much for doing this, it is absolutely wonderful!”
DS – Oxford commented on her newly upholstered Victorian Button Back Nursing Chair.

Fabric
I currently hold acounts with

Abraham Moon, synonymous with wool interior fabrics, craft all their fabrics in West Yorkshire.  No other brand specialises in wool and brings out its luxury and benefits in quite the same way.

Ardalanish, Isle of Mull Weavers who use an organic weaving mill to produce beautiful tweed woven on the 1950’s Dobcross looms using the wool from native sheep including their own Hebrideans.

Emily Burningham, a British designer who offers a delightful collection of textiles inspired by design from Japan, the Arts and Crafts Movement, 18th Century fabric, Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as  flowers and plants, animals and insects and beauty of the classical English Garden.  Emily has a determination to combine good design with quality materials whilst supporting UK manufacture.

Ian Mankin provide natural and organic fabrics manufactured in the UK.

Voyage offer a wide range of upholstery fabrics including the wonderful Voyage Country range; I have many of their pattern books

Tools & Materials for sale

There is an opportunity to purchase upholstery tools like those you use whilst on the course as well as materials for your future projects at home.  I’m also happy to post items to you; please email me directly at lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk with the items you wish to purchase and I will send you a quote with p&p.

UPHOLSTERY TOOLS
Osborne Bronze Magnetic Hammer 7oz #33: £35.00
Osborne Gooseneck Webbing Stretcher #253: £36.00
Osborne 8″ Flush Head Ripping Pincers #61: £21.00
Osborne Tack Claw Tool #200: £25.00 (Tack Lifter)
Osborne Staple Remover #1066: £21.00

4″ (16 gauge) upholsterers’ pins (skewers) – 1 gross: £25.00
2″ glass headed upholstery pins #178 48 mm x 0.80: £6.00

Comments are closed.