Wednesdays  10.30 am - 2pm  £145 for 6 weeks and continuing throughout the year.


Wednesday 6.30 pm - 9pm £145 for 6 weeks and continuing throughout the year.


Thursdays 10.30 am - 2 pm £145 for 6 weeks and continuing throughout the year.

 This is an advanced class and can only be booked by negotiation with tutor. The course is usually fully booked in advance of the course start date.


Fridays  10.30 am - 2 pm £145 for 6 weeks and continuing throughout the year.


Saturdays 10.00 am - 4.30 pm - Class runs every 2-3 months. £120 per class including some materials and a light lunch. 


Weekend courses -  £220 - This class runs every 3-4 months throughout the year.




This is a course that will help you to learn a range of skills used by professional  upholsterers and soft furnisher's to make or up-cycle projects for your own home. 

The course covers a wide range of skills, from traditional upholstery through to sewing and contemporary techniques.. Students can choose their area of interest, and the small class sizes means individual attention to help each student learn at their own pace.



What and how do you learn?

A programme of presentations and demonstrations by your tutor will teach a range of specialist skills and techniques, which you can then practice and master by working on your own pieces. Each student will follow their own area of personal interest.


Areas of development taught and demonstrated will include: 

- The use of a range of specialist tools safely and correctly

- Cleaning and reviving existing polished surfaces.

- Basic chair frame restoration and repair

 - Staining and French polishing techniques where appropriate to the piece.

- Stripping out old upholstery.

- Traditional upholstery techniques such as webbing, springing, stuffing and stitching.

 - Cutting and fixing contemporary fillings such as foam and hog hair sheet.

- Re-covering and sewing upholstery covers

- The choice of fabric and trimmings

- Buttoning and fluting techniques.

- Sewing for interior decoration 

Examples of suitable projects for beginners would be:

A chair with a drop-in seat, a dining chair with a traditional stuffed and stitched seat, a small nursing chair without arms, a footstool, Parker Knoll or Ercol fire side chairs or rocking chairs without arms, headboards or pin boards for buttoning.  We recommend that you start with simple projects first; this will allow you to complete a few small projects well, rather  than to start on a  complex piece that you may not have time to finish. Advanced students are able to work on more advanced and larger pieces of upholstered furniture may be more appropriate where space allows. Please be aware that one 6 week block may not be enough to complete your piece of furniture.


Course times:

Daytime courses:  3 hours tuition on Thursday 10.30 -2pm including 30 minutes lunch break


Evening Courses: 2.5 hours tuition on Wednesday 6.30 - 9pm


These can be booked as a single 6 week course or a continuous ongoing course. It is  bookable in 6 week blocks, payable in advance. Existing students will be given priority for places before new students can join, and where places are limited and the course is full, new starters may wish to join the waiting list.


​Weekend courses: 12 hours tuition over 2 days 10.30 - 16.30 with a lunch break (lunch included in course price)


Course does not include the cost of materials although some items such as glue, twine, thread, tacks, staples etc are included in the price.


The upholstery workshop is well equipped with compressed air staple guns, industrial sewing machines and a range of specialist tools and equipment 

Pauline can supply an extensive range of sewing and upholstery materials such as fillings, zipping, piping fillers, hessian, lining fabrics and other related items. She will also provide details of suppliers of materials needed.

Damside has a well stocked kitchen for refreshments  where students can help themselves. 


About your tutor

Pauline Keenoy is a practicing upholstery conservator and interior furnisher who has a wealth of experience. With more than 20 years teaching experience of beginners to advanced level, teaching adult education, City and Guilds, National and Higher National diploma and degree level students.  She has also co-ordinated interior decorating courses with a range of related specialist subjects such as decorative paint techniques, soft furnishing, colour theory,  visual communication and the history of art and design.


You can call Pauline on 07889 595041 or email her at paulinekeenoy7@gmail.com 



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