An all levels upholstery class, to work on individual projects at a suitable pace. Certain materials such as calico, horse hair, cord etc can be purchased from the centre. Beginners must start with a small piece such as a foot stool or a drop in seat.
This is a workshop-type 10 week course, aimed at developing the skills required to strip down old upholstery in the correct sequence in order to create a new, well-structured seat appropriate to the design of the chosen item.
Beginners will work on a small item of furniture, e.g. a footstool, dining-chair seat or bedroom chair, which they will bring with them to class. These items will enable students to learn to recognise tools and equipment and to identify materials, applying webbing, hessian, fillings, scrim, calico, top cover and trimmings.
The more experienced will learn a variety of techniques involving all of the above plus springing, stitching, making an edge roll, scroll arms, and wing back on modern or traditional furniture.
Everyone works at their own pace on projects of their own choice which they will bring with them. It is taught on a one-to-one basis between the student and tutor. When certain techniques are being taught, this may involve demonstrations or teaching in small groups.
The Arts & Crafts Centre has a heavy craft room with work benches and trestles suitable to this craft.
Please bring with you your chosen item of furniture, a small hammer, a pair of scissors, a camera (if available) and a notebook and pencil or pen. Other tools and materials will be discussed during the first session. An additional charge is applicable for materials used from the centre.
Jenny Jones taught upholstery at the Centre throughout 2005 – 2010 and we are extremely fortunate to have her back with us again now. She has a long history in teaching and specifically upholstery for over 20 years. Jenny has attained the City & Guilds qualification in upholstery, interior design and soft furnishings. We’re very pleased to have her on board!