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 2019, 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

Tutor: Harriet Page - AMUSF Tutor

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 with confidence – 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

Tutors: Leigh-Anne Treadwell & Tom Evans


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 2019.

Weekend Workshops at Jay & Co Studio!

Tutor: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - BUC Director

Leigh-Anne has teamed up with her show biz buddy, Jay Blades, to deliver weekend workshops at his new and very inspiring workshop in the West Midlands.

Leigh-Anne has designed a brand NEW course teaching MODERN upholstery at Jay's Studio and Showroom.

There are dates throughout 2020 where you can choose from 3 projects to make, or all 3 if you really get the bug!

Lunch is included in the price of the course.

Jay has contacts for good accomodation if you'd like to travel and stay for the weekend...

The Traditional Buttoned Foot Stool Project  2020


Tutor: Tom Evans - BUC Creative Upholsterer

This weekend intensive 'Beginners' course has been designed, specifically to give you the ‘Whole’ traditional upholstery experience as an  upholstery student, with stunning results.


The Deep Buttoned Foot Stool Project is an action packed, enjoyable project, enabling you a good amount of practice to leave the weekend feeling confident with your new upholstery skills and of course, a stunning Deep Buttoned Foot Stool!


"Great value for money..."

Chair Weekend Project

Tutor: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - Creative Director


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


This course is structured around the needs of you and your project.

You will benefit from class demonstrations and one- to-one tuition working closely with Leigh-Anne.


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.

Box Cushion - 1 day sewing workshop

Tutor: Tom Evans - Creative Upholsterer

Sewing cushions is almost an entirely different upholstery skill to reupholstering chairs, and quite often it's a daunting task that is a necessary part of the transformation process.


If you have no previous experience on sewing machines, we recommend you sign up for our Sewing Skills Workshop prior to attending this course.


You will benefit from class demonstrations, learning materials and one- to-one tuition working closely with our sewing expert, Tom.


See booking info for further details...

Begginners Sewing

Scatter Cushion - 1 day workshop

Tutor: Tom Evans - Creative Upholsterer

Sewing cushions is so rewarding. Cutting shapes, sewing seams and constructing fabulous comfort and colour for your interiors.


If you have always wanted to understand and make friends with your sewing machine, this is the perfect workshop to gain skills and confidence. It's fun, and in no time at all you'll be buzzing to set up a sewing corner at home. It all starts here.


You will benefit from class demonstrations, fun sewing exercises and one- to-one tuition working closely with our sewing expert, Tom.


See booking info for further details...

French Floor Cushion - 2 day sewing workshop

Tutor: Tom Evans - Creative Upholsterer

This 2 day Summer workshop is the perfect weekend get-away, 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 out door use, just bring along 1m of suitable fabric, and we'll provide the rest. You will take home your very own beautifully hand made floor cushion, perfect for a picnic...                                                                 

Interior Design Workshop

Interior Design Workshop

Guest Lecturer Zoe Hewett - Interior Designer




Designed to empower you with confidence and the skills you need to tackle your own home interior project, the Interior Design Masterclass is the perfect opportunity for you to get creatively confident and experiment with ideas before committing them to the walls.


You will learn how to set a design brief and the design process, how to find and use inspiration, the rules of colour theory (and how to break them), before cementing all your learning by creating your very own moodboard to take away and use at home.

Campervan Conversion

Guest Lecturer:  Cat Sinnamon Large


 Instagram: @catupholstery

Cat has always had a fascination with multi-purpose motorized pods of joy and had a yearning to help others create their own bespoke style to the innards of their vehicles.

She believes that whatever the shape and size of the vehicle, it has the potential to be transported into a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing delight that each individual is chuffed to show off, and for some, inhabit.

The Art of French Upholstery

Guest Lecturer:  Armand Verdier


 Instagram: @armand_verdier

Join us in welcoming Armand Verdier to Bristol Upholstery Collective for this 5 day intensive Masterclass ' The Art of French Upholstery' , making a Georgian Dressing Stool, in the traditional French manner.

This course is a rare chance to extend upon your upholstery skills and venture into the fine details of Antique Restoration.

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