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AMUSF Stage  1 - Craft Certificate

Course start Date: NOVEMBER 2021




Start date: November 2021 (Delayed due to lockdown 3 closures)

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Duration: 33 weeks term time, one day per week.

Venue: Bristol Upholstery Collective 186 Wells Road BS42AL

Tutors: Tom Evans & Harriet Page - AMUSF Tutors & Creative Upholsterers

Fee: As priced in the Application Pack and HandBook - PER STAGE

Course Director: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - BUC Creative Director

Awarding Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)

Governing Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.


Stage 1 - Craft Certificate (1 year)

Stage 2 - Intermediate Craft Skills (1 year)

Stage 3 - Diploma (Full Diploma achieved after 3 years study, achieving a pass at each stage)

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Stage 1 – Craft Certificate


Each Stage, runs 1 day a week over 33 weeks spread throughout the year, from September 2021 – July 2022.

The day starts at 9.30 and runs until 4:30pm with a half hour lunch break.

The projects are a mixture of exercise pieces (provided) and rebuilds of original upholstered furniture (sourced by the student).

The emphasis is on giving you the skills to create good quality upholstery – but not forgetting that ‘creative flair’ we are known for here at Bristol Upholstery Collective.

As an AMUSF approved training centre, with the freedom to inspire your wildest creative side and personal style, we’ll be sharing our passion for truly creative upholstery and our unique approach to furniture industry. 

The AMUSF upholstery qualification will be progressive, leading to a Diploma.

A Pass will be required at each stage before a student can progress to the next stage.

Each stage is individually priced.

Stage 1 – Craft Certificate (1 year)

Stage 2 – Intermediate Craft Skills (1 year)


Stage 3 – Diploma (1 year)

Stage 1 Syllabus 2021 

Project One

Drop in seat – Modern & Traditional Upholstery Techniques. (Exercise - materials inc.)

Project Two

Stitch and Stuff over – exercise practice piece (Exercise - materials inc.)

Project Three - Assessed project

A traditionally upholstered sprung dining chair (Sourced & funded by student)

Project Four

Modern buttoning exercise (Exercise - materials inc.)

Project Five

Sprung Arm exercise (Exercise - materials inc.)

Project six
Bolster end with Piping 
(Exercise - materials inc.)

Project Seven

Making a piped box cushion (on going throughout the year)

Project eight - Assessed project

Upholstered and Lined Box with decorative detail and deep buttoned lid (Sourced & funded by student)

The perfect project to unleash your personal creative style and demonstrate various techniques practiced prior to this project. This is the finale ‘Show Stopper’ piece, where you’ll be encouraged to incorporate a themed idea to ‘Wow’ the AMUSF verifiers.

Written Research Project
Title - “Fabric Characteristics, Identification & appropriate Usage”

Project portfolio and notes

This is an intensive training course where you will be learning a lot in a short space of time. To help you retain this knowledge so that you can build on it after (and during) the course we expect you to keep a project portfolio of photographs and notes that you make during the classes. We will guide you in ways to achieve this, but encourage you to make the most of this opportunity – so make sure you have a notebook and camera ready! The portfolio will provide evidence to help us assess your work during the Diploma. We suggest that you keep your portfolio up-to-date as you go, as it's a lot to present if saved to the last minute!

The year ends with a Celebratory Exhibition of student works.

Additional learning and benefits:

Business Start-up discussion
Fire Regulations for commercial & domestic upholstered products Fabric Design & Print
Portfolio Creation

Field Trips
End of Year Exhibition
Awards Night
Student Online Chair Shop to sell your items if you so wish! 

What Our Students Say...

"A whirlwind of technique & process! Excellent contextual & historical referencing throughout by a very skilled & knowledgeable tutor."

"Enjoyable & relaxing - but full on!"

"A very steep learning curve but with lots of help & support. Seeing the completion of the projects makes all the hard work worth it."

"Fast paced, diverse, exciting, interesting, creative, supported, fun, engaging.

Stage 1 has been a fantastic introduction to upholstery. It's hard work but the support thought has been exemplary and the end results outstanding."

"Overall, loved the experience. I've found the environment really supportive and encouraging whilst learning so many new skills. Always able to ask further questions and encouraged to be creative.

It's hugely improved my self confidence enabling me to push myself at my own pace."

"Overall I loved my experience here. I found the environment to be really supportive & encouraging. It's hugely improved my self confidence, enabling me to push myself at my own pace. I will miss my Fridays' at BUC enormously!"

"Really enlightening! It's more serious that I initially thought it would be but as a result I feel capable & more confident in my work!"

Thank you for your lovely email. I just wanted to say I’m proud to be part of the BUC, loving upholstery and thoroughly enjoying our lessons with the amazing Harriet. 

Fabulous news about the chair competition commendations and the BFM award. What a great and well deserved start to 2020.

It has been so brilliant being in the stage one this year, I've loved every second of it. I'd like to pass on how fab Harriet is as a tutor, so patient, skilled and attentive. I feel incredibly privilaged to be part of BUC.

"Really rewarding, learnt so many new skills and met some lovely people."

"Coffee, cakes, chat, laughter and a huge learning curve - perfect!"