Upholstery

2-day Course

Two-day course for beginners

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.

“…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

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

Dates for 2015:
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015 – FULL
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015 – FULL

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

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015 – FULL
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015 – 1 space available

Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015 – 3 spaces available
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2015 – FULL
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015 – 3 spaces available

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015 – 3 spaces available

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.
Gift vouchers are available; please email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

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:
10.00 – 17.30 with half an 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 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:
    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
    Warwick Fabrics offer a wide selection of fabrics at reasonable prices.

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

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

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.

“What a wonderful four days I’ve had.  I’m so glad I came here to learn some upholstery skills – I feel I’ve achieved a great deal.  Stephen you are a great cook and I’ve had such an enjoyable stay.  You haven’t seen the last of me!”
Vanessa, Oxon – February 2015

“…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.  Three days well spent and highly recommended.”
Jo, Evesham – February 2015

Dates for 2015:
Weeks commencing:
Monday 3rd August – Friday 7th August 2015 – 1 space available
Monday 17th August – Friday 21st August 2015 – FULL

Monday 31st August – Friday 4th September 2015 – FULL
Monday 14th September – Friday 18th September 2015 – 2 spaces available

Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October 2015 – 2 spaces available
Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October 2015 – 3 spaces available

Monday 9th November – Friday 13th November 2015 – 3 spaces available
Monday 23rd November – Friday 27th November 2015 – 3 spaces available

Monday 7th December – Friday 11th December 2015 – 3 spaces available

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.
Gift vouchers are available; please email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

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:
10.00 – 17.30 with half an 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 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:
    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
    Warwick Fabrics offer a wide selection of fabrics at reasonable prices.

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.

Paint & Upholster

Bring your chair or stool and spend the weekend with Karen from The French Nest and Lucy at Huntlands Farm transforming it into a creative masterpiece.

About the course:
On Saturday, Karen will teach you numerous furniture painting techniques including one colour aged look, two colour distressing, colour washing, crackle and using clear and dark wax to create that authentic rustic charm. Using specialist furniture chalk paint and other products, you will work on boards to learn these techniques before totalling revamping your piece of furniture.

Sunday will be spent reupholstering your chair or stool using modern upholstery techniques taught by Lucy, who holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.  Please bring your own fabric if you have some or you can raid our fabric box.

Time:
Each day runs from 10 am till approximately 4 pm and is designed to be a relaxed, informal and fun day

Cost:
The total weekend costs £190.00 per person which includes all materials, both for painting and upholstery (except top fabric), lunch and all refreshments.
Gift vouchers are available; please email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

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 £290.00.  If your partner wishes to join you, an extra £20.00 per night will be charged.

Number on course:
There will be a maximum of 4 people per course to ensure plenty of individual help and advice.

Course dates
1st & 2nd August 2015 – FULL
15th & 16th August 2015 – FULL
10th & 11th October 2015 – 3 spaces available
24th & 25th October 2015 – 4 spaces available

To book:
Please email Lucy or Karen with your preferred dates.
Karen Jones at paintedfurnitureworkshops@gmail.com
Lucy Brodie at lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

 

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:

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.

Warwick Fabrics offer a wide selection of fabrics at reasonable prices.

Tools 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.  If you would like tools or materials posted 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 to include p&p.

I’m more than happy to put together a bespoke beginner’s tool kit for you; let me know what projects you are planning to do and I’ll tailor your kit to your needs.  For orders over £100.00 a 15% discount will be applied.

UPHOLSTERY TOOLS

Hammers
Osborne Bronze Magnetic Hammer 7oz #33: £35.00
Osborne Bronze Nylon Tipped Magnetic Hammer #36: £45.00
Nylon Tip for above #36T: £5.00

Webbing Stretchers
Beech peg and slot 50mm: £12.50
Osborne Gooseneck Webbing Stretcher #253: £36.00

Stripping Tools
Osborne Claw Tool/Tack Lifter #14: £20.00
Osborne Staple Remover #13: £25.00
Osborne Cranked Ripping Chisel #30: £20.00
Osborne 8″ Flush Head Ripping Pincers #61: £20.00

Needles
Curved Round point: 3″: 60p; 4″: 65p; 5″: 70p; 6″: 90p
Set of all 4 curved round point needles: £2.60
Curved Bayonet point: 3″: £1.00; 4″: £1.10; 5″: £1.20; 6″: £1.30
Set of all 4 curved bayonet point needles: £3.50
Double Ended Upholstery Needles: 6″: £4.00; 8″: £4.00; 10″: £4.00; 12″: £4.00
Set of all 4 double ended upholstery needles: £12.00

Regulators, 9 gauge light
6″: £5.00; 8″: £6.00; 10″: £7.00; 12″: £8.00
Set of 4 regulators (one of each size): £20.00

2″ glass headed upholstery pins, 30g: £6.00

4″ (16 gauge) upholsterers’ pins (skewers), 1 gross: £25.00

C S Osborne & Co Upholstery Tools

C S Osborne & Co Upholstery Tools

Materials for sale

All materials that you use whilst on the course are available to purchase for home projects as well as purchasing via mail order.  Please let me know what you would like to purchase so I can send you a quote to include p&p.

Jute Webbing  11lb: £1.00/m (40 inches)
Black & White Webbing (cotton weft – jute/cotton): £1.10/m (40 inches)

Tarpaulin Hessian 92cm wide (use as 16oz): £4.00/m (40 inches)
Scrim Hessian 91cm wide (use as 10oz): £3.00/m (40 inches)

Black Coir (coconut) Fibre: £3.00/lb
Ginger Coir (coconut ) Fibre: £2.00/lb
50/50 hair & fibre: £5.00/lb
1” Rubberised Hog Hair/Coir Fibre,
Neoprene bonded Sheet: £20.00/m (40″)
1” Rubberised Hog Hair/Coir Fibre : £32.00/sheet (183 cm x 92 cm)
2” Rubberised Hog Hair/Coir Fibre,
Neoprene bonded Sheet: £30.00/m (40″)
2” Rubberised Hog Hair/Coir Fibre: £55.00/sheet (183 cm x 92 cm)

Layered Wool/Cotton Felt 68 cm wide: £4.50/m (40″)
Cotton (Viscose) Wadding 90cm wide: £5.00/m (40″)
Calico 152cm/60” wide: £3.50/m (40 inches)
Polyester Wadding (Dacron) 69cm wide: £2.50/m (40″)

Black Synthetic Base Cloth 75cm wide: £1.00/m

Nylon Buttoning Twine, 250g ball: £1.25/10m
Laid Cord: £1.50/10m
Spray Adhesive: £3.00
Gimp pins: £1.00/100g
Tacks: £1.00/100g

Student’s Work

“Had a wonderful time, can’t thank you enough.  You have all been so welcoming and Lucy, the course is BRILLIANT.  Have enjoyed every minute and can’t wait to come back.”
Nadia, Surrey – September 2014

“Thank you for such an enjoyable stay, fantastic experience on Lucy’s upholstery course – will be back to finish my project (great excuse to come back and stay)!  Stephen and Lucy you run a wonderful place.”
Alison, West Sussex – October 2014

Lucy’s Work

Button Covering

BUTTONS

If you wish to have buttons covered in your own fabric, please allow 2 square inches of fabric for each button.  However, please do not cut the fabric into individual squares!

I can make size UK30 (19mm / 3/4″) buttons with either looped, split prong or nail backs:

Looped back buttons: 50p each

Split Prong buttons: 50p each

Nail Back buttons: 50p each

Buttoning twine for use with wire loops: 30p/metre
Centering of specific part of fabric pattern:  15p/button

Plus p&p to add.

Please remember to state the side of the fabric you wish to be the right side.

Email  for more details at lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

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