Courses run from 9.30 am til 4.45 pm. I have reduced my class sizes to 5 people maximum so that you will all have a table each and will be able to be safely distanced from each other. Visors and hand sanitisers will be provided.
Learn to upholster a dining or bedroom chair, using age old upholstery techniques: webbing, stuffing, stitching the seat pad into shape, tension required for fabrics, and developing an eye for the finishing details.
The weekend is scheduled for you to be able to complete a chair with a traditionally upholstered chair seat. You will need to work at a steady pace to complete it. A chair with a back and/or arms will be very likely to take longer than 1 weekend! You are, of course, very welcome to come back to complete your work with me if necessary. For references please take a look at whatjodidnext on www.craftcourses.com.
Points to remember:
We use tacks for traditional upholstery. If you want to use a staple gun then please bring your own.
I cannot accommodate a big item like a sofa or winged armchair.
Please don’t bring anything that needs machine sewing unless you are competent at using a sewing machine!
Tartan or velvet is very tricky for larger items like an armchair, please bring something else for your first attempt. For items with one pad (dining chair) those fabrics are fine. If in doubt please get in contact. You will need to strip your chair down before the course to save valuable time.
My workshops are good fun and hard work! You will be on your feet for most of the day – so comfy clothes and shoes are a must! My studio is a work area – it’s a bit scruffy! Coffee and tea are on tap but there are no tea breaks or cake! Just trying to set the scene… you can of course have a tea break and bring cake if you like.
All courses are £160 which includes all materials for one traditional dining chair, apart from your top cover and trimmings.
Rogues Atelier Studios is in Fossgate – a thriving city street full of great independent restaurants and cafes in the heart of York with easy access, ignore the ‘one way’ and ‘no entry apart from access’ road signs as you need to access the venue! There is central city car parking very close by, the cheapest is Peel Street. Your furniture can be dropped off with me before you park. Call me if you have any problems: 07960329286.
A bit about me…
I am a City and Guilds Traditional and Modern Upholsterer and trained at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds. I also studied Fine Art in Bradford University and achieved a BA Honors degree specialising in painting, printmaking and photography.
I have been upholstering on and off for 20 years and have run Upholstery and Soft Furnishings workshops for City of York Council. I’m known for my straight forward approach and believe that my students need to understand each stage thoroughly.
I’ll make sure you get it right!