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Upholstery Courses & Training

Here at Bristol Upholstery Collective, we love what we do, and share not only our space but our knowledge and excitement too!

 

We already have a number of courses running throughout 2021/22, but please subscribe for updates to be the first to hear of our NEW courses we are currently designing and developing.

 

Please feel free to browse our courses and contact us if you need any help, advice or support booking...

AMUSF DIPLOMA - Stage 1, 2 & 3

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Tutor: Harriet Page & Tom Evans - AMUSF Tutors

As an Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers 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 delivering industry-recognised qualifications. 

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

Email info@bristolupholsterycollective.com for an application pack and pricing.

Upholstery Evening Classes

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Tutors: Leigh-Anne Treadwell & BUC Teach Team Tutors

 

Evening classes are a wonderful chance to really enjoy learning traditional upholstery techniques in a mixed class where all students work on different items of furniture.

 

You'll benefit from seeing a variety of works be completed alongside your own project.

 

The beauty of a weekly class is the available time to complete homework if you wish to really make the most of tuition during the lesson - you can achieve so much more!

Guidance can be found in the Leisure Course Info Pack.

Upholstery Daytime Classes

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Tutors: Leigh-Anne Treadwell & BUC Teach Team Tutors

 

Mid-week mornings & afternoons are a great opportunity to grab some time to yourself, and learn upholstery, leisurely.

 

Located in our second venue, Bristol Upholstery Collective Workshop, at Joseph Studios. This venue is a thriving hub of creative professionals, and a perfect place to get inspired!

Whether you are a beginner or already have skills in upholstery, this 6-week  daytime course will allow you to take that treasured family heirloom from drab to fab!

All classes are taught by our highly skilled Teach Team, who will be there to guide you every step of the way with their expert knowledge.

ECO - Modern Foot Stool Project

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Tutor: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - BUC Director
 

This project has been designed to deliver an intensive and high-level upholstery experience. It is fast-paced and fun to ensure all students achieve a beautiful handmade footstool to take home at the end of the weekend. 

This is a super satisfying weekend for complete beginners and those with some experience... here’s your chance to be unique and create your own style of contemporary footstool to be the centre point of your living room interior theme.

Traditionally Upholstered Foot Stool Project

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Tutor: BUC Teach Team Tutors
 

The perfect project for complete beginners to experience the absolute joy and satisfaction of stitching a traditional edge roll!

 

The Traditionally Upholstered Foot Stool Project is an action packed, enjoyable project, giving you confidence with your new upholstery skills and of course, a stunning (potential heirloom) 20" x 20" Foot Stool!

 

"Great value for money..."

Chair Weekend Project

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Tutor: Leigh-Anne Treadwell & BUC Teach Team Tutors

 

The Chair weekend workshop is a fantastic opportunity to start upholstering that project you’ve ‘been meaning to get around to doing for ages!’

 

Your type and condition of chair will determine what skills and processes are necessary for its restoration, and how long that may take.

 

Please send a photo of your project to info@bristolupholsterycollective.com for time scale, fabric amounts and any preparation necessary.

Beginners Sewing Skills Weekend - 2 day
 

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Tutor: BUC Teach Team Tutors

This weekend course is aimed at those with limited sewing machine experience and who wants to build their confidence by learning new techniques and skills. You will have the satisfaction of creating and taking home a scatter cushion that is unique to you, and a full workbook folder documenting your skills and progression.

It'll be beneficial for you to befriend your own sewing machine if you have one already, and you'll also get to have a go on our Walking Foot Machines. 

Box Cushion Sewing Weekend - 2 day
 

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Tutor: BUC Teach Team Tutors

Most Armchairs have loose cushion seats, otherwise known as ‘Box Cushions’. These are often piped and have a zip to make the cover removable, commonly found on Ercol, mid-century, Parker Knoll Winged armchairs or sofas.

If you have upholstered an armchair at Bristol Upholstery Collective, you will probably need to enrol on this workshop to complete the whole chair. The focus of this weekend is to build on your existing skills and tackle slightly more challenging sewing projects, taking on tasks and techniques that you think is beyond the capacity of your domestic machine.

French Floor Cushion - 2 day sewing workshop

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Tutor: BUC Teach Team Tutors

This 2 day Summer workshop is the perfect weekend getaway, learning sewing machine skills, overlocker control, how to make industrial buttons and invisible hand sewing techniques.

At the end of the weekend you'll know exactly how to make a stack of French Mattress style floor cushions for indoor or outdoor use, just bring along 1m of suitable fabric, and we'll provide the rest. You will take home your very own beautifully handmade floor cushion, perfect for a picnic...                                                                 

Caning Masterclass

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Tutor: Rachael South

In this fantastic one-day workshop, upholstery expert Rachael South will teach you the beautiful heritage craft of chair caning, which she inherited from her father and grandfather.  

You will be guided by Rachael through each stage of the process, learning how to get the fine split canes to weave into a glorious pattern.  

During this fantastic 1-day course you will complete a sample frame with patterned caning. Each student will be taken through all 6 stages of weaving.

 

All materials and tools are supplied. 


No prior experience of caning is required.

Passementerie Masterclass

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