Upholstery Courses

2-day

Two-day 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.

“…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

Dates for 2016:
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2016 – FULL
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016 – 2 spaces remaining

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016 – FULL
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016 – 3 spaces remaining

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2016

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2016
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2016

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2016
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2016
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016

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:
£160 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 £260.00.  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:
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:
    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 provides British-made natural woven fabrics; their style is class contemporary, and includes easy-to-combine stripes, florals and corresponding plains in an instantly recognisable palette.
    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-days

Three/four/five-day course

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 2016:
Weeks commencing:
Monday 23rd May – Friday 27th May 2016 – FULL
Monday 13th June – Friday 17th June 2016
Monday 18th July – Friday 22nd July 2016
Monday 15th August – Friday 19th August 2016
Monday 19th September – Friday 23rd September 2016
Monday 17th October – Friday 21st October 2016
Monday 21st November – Friday 25th November 2016

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 £30.00 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 provides British-made natural woven fabrics; their style is class contemporary, and includes easy-to-combine stripes, florals and corresponding plains in an instantly recognisable palette.
    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 two weeks before arrival.

 

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 provides British-made natural woven fabrics; their style is class contemporary, and includes easy-to-combine stripes, florals and corresponding plains in an instantly recognisable palette.

Jim Dickens offers designs created and influenced from traditional English culture to Islamic art.

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Modern Tub Chair in Jim Dickens Rio Carnival fabric

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 ma