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AMUSF Stage  1 - Craft Certificate

Course start date: SEPTEMBER 2024


Start date: September 2023

Day Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Duration: 36 weeks term time, one day per week.

Venue: UP Studios, Unit 26, Barton Hill Trading Est., BS5 9TQ

Tutors: Jacqui Stevens, Harriet Page, Tom Evans, Tamzin Ketchlove

 - AMUSF Tutor & Creative Upholsterers

Fee: As priced in the Application Pack and Hand Book - 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


Each Stage runs 1 day a week over 36 weeks, term time, spread throughout the year, from September 2024 – July 2025.

The day starts at 9.30 and runs until 4:00 pm 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 the 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)

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Stage 1 Syllabus 2023 

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 (ongoing 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 practised 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 Masterclass

Fire Regulations for commercial & domestic upholstered products
Portfolio Creation

Field Trips
Awards Night


What Our Students Say...

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

"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!"

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.

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