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Upholstery Residency 

 5 days in Devon, UK

...with Bristol Upholstery Collective Founder & Creative Director,

Leigh-Anne Treadwell

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Traditional Upholstery Experience...

Part of our Inspirational British Art & Craft Course series.

Venue: Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon

Course Duration: 5 days

Date: 4th - 8th March 2020

Time: 10am - 5pm



















On this course, you’ll create beautiful and unique pieces, meet like-minded people and enjoy the learning process with one of our expert upholsterers and tutors.

Dartington has a long history of textiles and furniture making so it is a great pleasure to offer this unique workshop experience with a professional and inspiring tutor of upholstery. Students will upholster an item of their choice, using traditional upholstery techniques, tools and natural materials.

Students will learn traditional techniques and the materials required to upholster different styles of furniture. Through a series of tasks and demonstrations, students will learn the correct use of upholstery tools and materials.

These include webbing, hessian, coir, horsehair, cotton wool layered felt and calico. The piece is then finished with a final layer of students’ own top fabric and trim, using various decorative techniques.

Suitable small scale personal projects tackled on this course could be dining chairs, footstools, occasional chairs, piano stools and other types of stools. (In advance of the course, students are required to check their project is suitable with the tutor.)

This five-day intensive course starts with a site-specific presentation on the Dartington Hall sofas dated 1812, the fabric mill, and the skilled crafts people at Dartington, plus an insight to approaching furniture renovation in the context of Dartington’s historic crafts scene.

  • Understand the safe and practical use of a workshop environment.

  • Name and correctly use traditional upholstery materials and hand tools.

  • Rip down a chair safely and efficiently.

  • Understand the traditional techniques required to complete your chair inc. webbing, tacking, stuffing, rolled and stitched edges.

  • Professionally finish, including the application of the top fabric, bottom cloth and different trims.

  • Consider the sustainability potential of upholstery through the reupholstering of your old chair frames.Considering the materials involved, there journey and life

The 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.
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For all information, course fee's and booking, please visit the Dartington website here...

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