Upholstery – Traditional Upholstery
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This course in traditional upholstery is ideal for beginners and improvers to learn about the craft whilst up-cycling their own chair or stool. You will acquire new skills and knowledge about this type of upholstery and will be given advice and instruction on the best way to achieve professional results.
During the course each seat will be stripped, re-webbed and stuffed, covered with calico, completed with your top cover fabric and trimmed. More advanced techniques for improvers can include lashing springs, buttoning, or working with a sprung unit seat base.
This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in learning a new skill or who would just like to have a go at something different.
You will be given instruction and observed as you work and will be encouraged to ask questions and take photographs and notes as you go. It is recommended to record your work as you progress with a camera or smartphone during class – this is an excellent way to document what you have learnt for future use.
Demonstrations by the tutor will include how to stretch and fix webbing in place using a webbing stretcher; first and second stuffing of the seat and specialist upholstery work such as stitching using double ended and curved needles and deep buttoning.
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Further courses are available throughout the year to allow students to continue to work on their furniture pieces, developing expertise and over time moving onto more complex projects.
Some tools are available but we recommend that you bring the following:
• a pair of scissors • a wooden mallet • a tape measure • a small hammer (magnetic if you have one) • a tack remover so that you are not waiting to use tools. A scrap of carpet big enough to stand your furniture piece on will help to stop it slipping on the bench as you work. A notepad/pen and camera would also be useful.
For beginners suitable furniture pieces include a drop in seat, a stuff over dining chair or a stool. For improvers projects might include a sprung dining chair, or a small armchair. Other upholstery projects will be considered providing they are discussed with the tutor in advance and are suitable for your level of experience.
Some minor repair work to frames can be undertaken during the course, but students will need to be mindful that they may need to leave their project aside whilst it is glued and clamped to dry.
Furniture pieces need to be small enough to be brought to the class each week. The College regrets that there are no storage facilities on site. The length of time it will take to complete your chair or seat will depend upon the complexity of the project. Your tutor will be pleased to discuss this with you before starting the course. For a simple chair or stool such as first two projects pictured below you may wish to bring more than one piece to the course, aiming to complete the first and commence the other during the second day.
Your tutor will have a supply of upholstery materials that you can purchase. You will also need to bring enough top cover fabric and trim of your choice to finish your project.
Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course. For further details and enrolment please contact:- Adult Learning & Skills Centre, Fusee House, 164-166 Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants. BH25 6EB. Tel: 01590 625222 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org.