When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability No
  • Tutor Sam Edkins
  • Course Code W23TTSI02D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A three day taster, learning through a small project. Explore specialist tools, materials and the fundamental processes of upholstery. Progress to the Monday evening class with the same tutor

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the safe and practical use of a workshop environment
  • Name and correctly use basic traditional upholstery materials and hand tools
  • Rip down a small project a drop in seat, or footstool safely and efficiently
  • Gain an insight into some of the basic traditional techniques required to upholster a small project inc. webbing, tacking, stuffing, rolled and stitched edges


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    Class format and activities

    Emphasis is on a practical approach to learning through a series of set exercises, combined with tutor demonstrations, hand outs and student discussion. The personal project gives students an opportunity to use the skills learnt to produce a completed chair or stool. Students will be expected, encouraged and guided on how to keep a good work book of practical skills, sample materials and research.

    Entry requirements

    The course is aimed at giving beginners an introduction to traditional upholstery and improvers, a chance to recap their skills.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The studio is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear building. The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access is via a stair lift. Please contact additional learning needs (ALS) on: 0207 450 1972 before enrolling if you have any mobility support

    What you need

    Students are requested to bring a small project a drop in seat, or footstool with them and their own top fabric. It is advised that students bring with them a camera, notebook, A4 folder and writing implement to keep an accurate and useful work book. Sturdy shoes should be worn in the workshop, open toes and flimsy soles are not advisable. There may be small additional charges for some materials used in the studio.

    What you can do next

    The course provides a basic knowledge from which students could go onto tackle simple upholstery projects. Progression is possible to longer Monday evening courses. There are many other courses in the Textiles section that complement and enhance traditional upholstery. Follow @textilesatmorley on instagram for inspiration