Upholstery Courses

Learn Traditional Upholstery skills on our Day, Evening,  or One-Week Course


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Where can you learn traditional upholstery skills? By attending our Upholstery Courses that teach you  traditional upholstery skills and techniques. Beginners are welcome, as well as those with some experience in upholstery. You can learn all the skills needed to repair and re-upholster furniture; from stripping down to the frame, repairing any wobbly legs, attaching new webbing, tying on seat springs, learning how to make knots such as clove hitch, locking back stitch and slip knots, whipping cane to the seat edge springs, attaching the first and second stuffing (coir and hair), stuffing ties, regulating the stuffing, applying hessian, scrim and cotton wadding, stitching an edge roll, hand stitching, blind stitching, through stuffing ties, making single and double piping, measuring, cutting and fitting calico and the final covering. Possible projects include making a drop in seat, deep-buttoning, pin cushion seat, overstuffed seat, overstuffed chair with springs, deep buttoned stool, footstool, recover an armchair, French polishing and more. Your project must of course not to too demanding than the time allowed; but our one-week courses can be repeated if you find you need more time. We also offer a course in traditional French Polishing.

Our teaching courses run along side our main workshop, and students are taught in the same large workspace where our own craftsmen work. You are therefore able to observe professional upholsterers in action and learn from them. Our tutors are highly skilled craftspeople who have worked in the trade for many years. We believe that this unique teaching environment is what makes our courses so special and rewarding for students. Our adjoining cabinet making workshop is on hand so that any woodwork repairs needed to your project can also be incorporated into the course.


Workshop and Accommodation

Our workshops are in Nettleham, just north of the historic Cathedral city of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. Parking is available on site and Nettleham and Lincoln are good places to visit if you are from outside the city. Uphill Lincoln has some superb historical buildings, including Lincoln Cathedral and the Castle, surrounded by quaint shops in the Bailgate area, leading down to Steep Hill with its medieval buildings, restaurants and tea shops.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available nearby, either in the village or a couple of miles away in Lincoln itself. Accommodation costs are not included in the course fees.


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Director: Edward Crowther
Registered office: The Barn, Ashtree Farm, Sudbrooke Lane, Nettleham, Lincoln. LN2 2QQ
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