I offer either a 2 day workshop starting at 9am and finishes at 4pm each day or a 3 hr workshop on dates of your choosing. This is for a maximum of 4 people.

You need to bring a piece of furniture to reupholster, the top fabric and your enthusiasm. To make sure you bring the correct amount of fabric, a ‘how to measure your chair’ handout is provided when you book.

The workshop is very hands on and physical, so please wear suitable clothes and shoes as we don’t want a dropped tack ending up in your foot.

Lunch is provided and during this break you get to visit our alpacas. Their fibre is available for use as stuffing in your chair as alpaca fibre is fire retardant, has no lanolin & is a hollow fibre so it retains the warmth. This natural material is also better for the environment than man made fibres.

Helen Cooksley is the tutor for this workshop and she has been teaching upholstery since 2016 at JA Milton, Ellesmere and Shrewsbury College.

The 2 day workshop is £300 and the 3 hr workshop is £68 per session.

Included in this price is your lunch (for the 2 day workshop only), use of tools, use of some materials such as staples & tacks. Items such as coir fibre, horsehair, foam, alpaca fibre, webbing, wadding, calico and hessian are additional costs and price is worked out on measurements of what you have used.

Please be aware that depending upon a number of factors such as the size of your chair, your speed at removing the old materials and adding the new fabric & the condition of the inside of your chair you may not finish your chair in 2 days. You may wish to remove the top fabric at home before the workshop but you don’t have to.

This workshop is designed to help you understand and practice the craft of upholstery so you can finish your chair at home if not completed over two days. If however you don’t feel confident to do this, I offer additional 2hr slots available mid week to have help on hand to completing your chair. This is £40.

The 3hr workshop is for any size of chair that you want to work on in shorter bursts. You can either book one session and complete the chair at home or book a few sessions and work on it at home between these times.

The book a place please message or phone.