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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 the year, but please subscribe to our newsletter 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

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 for an application pack and pricing.

Caning Masterclass

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.

Textile Tool Sharpening Masterclass

Guest Lecturer - Harry Morris

In this wonderful 1-day course, led by the expert craftsman Harry Morris, you will learn about the importance of sharp tools and how to recognise if one is sharp or beginning to become blunt. Whether you are a textile artist, upholster, woodworker or general crafts person, this course will give you the skills you need to keep your best-loved tools in tip-top shape!  

Bring along some of your favourite textile scissors, chisels or button dies and we will show you how to get them sharper than the day you bought them!


All materials and tools are supplied. 

No prior experience is required.

Wood Finishing Masterclass

Guest Lecturer - Harry Morris

In this intensive1-day course, led by the expert craftsman Harry Morris, you will learn about different types of finishes and stains, what they are, how to apply them and in what situation you might want to use them.


You will also have the opportunity to practice finishing techniques with a range of finishes for dining chair frames. 

Gain confidence and knowledge on how to make informed decisions when choosing a finish for your project and new skills in applying finishes. There will be an emphasis on learning about and using traditional finishes.


All materials and tools are supplied. 

No prior experience is required.

Upholstery Evening Classes

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.

Chair Weekend Project