Three term (33 weeks) upholstery course starting in Tuesday 30th January 2018 to December 4th 2018
This course is ideal for those who wish to learn all of the practical skills associated with becoming a professional upholsterer, but do not wish to commit to the academic side of an accreditation. Our focus will be on developing top quality practical results, so that everyone can learn the exacting standards required by professionals.
Most of our learners from our first year course requested a second year course with us, which we now run on a Wednesday and several are now taking small commissions to support their further learning.
With opportunities to study for one day per week for 33 weeks, you will be guided by a experienced professional upholsterer Sally Mollett throughout your learning.
The course will cover the basics of both traditional and modern processes as required by all professional upholsterers. This reflects the techniques used within the furniture industry but will also allow for an individual’s creative desire to push the conventional boundaries. As one of our tutors sometimes says, ‘Craftspeople use this technique until someone comes up with a better way’.
Our courses are taught from our well equipped studio close to Southwark and Borough tube, within walking distance of Waterloo and London Bridge. We keep our classes small so that a maximum of 8 students will ensure you benefit from close personal attention during your course. Contact us to arrange a visit so we can show you the space-choose a day when we are teaching (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) and talk to current learners.
During your 33 week course you will first learn, then put into practice, the key and advanced processes needed to achieve a skilled level of upholstery. Whatever your current level of experience, age or intentions for the future, we have the necessary knowledge and passion for our craft to see you succeed.
Key processes that will be taught throughout the course will include:
-Health & Safety: safe use when working with tools and equipment in a workshop.
-Description and use of traditional and modern fillings.
-How to work out the material cost of a project.
-Uses of knots, sewing thread and hand stitching techniques.
-Fabrics- selecting, marking out, cutting, pattern matching, sewing.
-One-to-one tuition in the use of domestic Bernina and Janome sewing machines.
-Basic machine sewing techniques. Inserting zips.
-Appropriate use of hand and machine tools and equipment.
-Trims and detailing, such as piping and double piping.
-Understanding chair frame construction and experience of repair where necessary.
-Basic repair techniques to add blocks using saws, drills, glues fillers and screws.
-Use of stains, water based paints, french polish, waxes where needed.
Health and safety procedures, good practice use of all hand tools and machines is taught throughout. Business acumen in costing materials, pricing work, invoicing and basic online book-keeping will also be covered.
Practical projects that will be completed during your course:
-A completed drop-in seat using modern materials and techniques.* Yours to take home
-A completed drop-in seat using traditional materials and methods.** ***
-A completed stuffed and stitched footstool or chair frame using traditional materials and methods.** ***
-A completed sprung dining chair frame^ using traditional materials and methods.** ***
-A ‘Sprung arm’ exercise for an inset facing using traditional materials and methods.** ***
-A boxed cushion with piping and zip. Yours to take home
-A deep buttoned footstool frame using modern materials and techniques.** Yours to take home.
** Fibre/hair/hessian/linen stitching
*** This project uses materials that will be reused in other upholstery modules.
THE COST OF ALL THESE PROJECTS IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE.
Learners will spend a total of 198 hours of learning time during the course. Attendance is recorded and this can be used to verify your time here. We will issue a certificate of completion at the end of the course and will be happy to write references for job applications or for placements onto advanced accredited courses.
Learners will have full access to our well equipped upholstery workshop and the majority of the teaching will be by practical experience on your own projects (listed above).
There will be set exercises to be completed and tutors will help learners evaluate their own work in private and group tutorials throughout the course. Any additional projects the learner takes on will be encouraged. Feedback will be given throughout the course.
Fundamental knowledge will be explained in interactive lectures in the workshop using practical examples where possible. Different basic topics will be explored and learners are encouraged to develop their own creativity and confidence as they progress.
Tutors will encourage, support and arrange informal external visits to museum collections and professional businesses.
Help in creating mood boards and presentation boards will be at hand. You will also be encouraged to develop your design thinking by creating an online Pinterest portfolio
Opportunities to improve drawing skills will occur as we offer technical drawing days throughout the year.
We encourage learners to develop a comprehensive and reference-able folder of notes as a valuable and visible aid to learning, as well as an ongoing portfolio of your own projects.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who have some previous experience. As much of the learning is transferred verbally, a good knowledge of English is required. We do not have minimum academic qualification requirements.
Learners will be encouraged to attain professional standards in their upholstery and soft furnishing projects, as well as acquiring a background knowledge in a broad range of basic techniques. Final projects can be used to show a high standard if a learner has a desire to continue to onto an accredited higher level.
Students will be encouraged to work independently as they would have to in industry.
In addition to our the core upholstery course, learners have the opportunity to round-off their knowledge by attending other related workshops with 50% discount.
These workshops run regularly, in the evenings and at weekends, and can be taken at any time during your upholstery coarse.
These complementary workshops will improve your skill levels and abilities in basic woodwork, providing you with a very comprehensive grounding in all levels of upholstery and furniture restoration.
Sally Mollett is passionate about upholstery. After a career in accounting she retrained and now runs her own business- ‘The London Upholstery House’ in Streatham, South London, taking on modern and traditional projects from Mid Century G-Plan dining chairs to original Regency Sofas, and everything else in between.
While studying upholstery at the London Metropolitan University she was awarded prizes for her work two years in a row. Sally says ‘if I can do it – you can too’. www.thelondonupholsteryhouse.co.uk
Steve English – Furniture restoration
Steve has been a professional restorer and french polisher for over 30 years. He has a friendly teaching style that is enriched by educational anecdotes about his fascinating experiences working for Harrods Furniture Depository restoring fine antiques.
Total cost £2580.00 including VAT @20%
This is inclusive of all materials. We supply the frames for the exercises that you will not keep. (The spring frame, arm frame, traditional dining chair).
Payment is due via the following methods-
1.Payment in full before the beginning of the course.
2. This method incurs an admin charge of 3%. £860.00 by beginning of first term (30th January 2018) The balance (£1770.00)will be invoiced in 3 parts (£590.00) which will be due on February 28, March 28, April 17.
Optional supplementary* workshops at The Goodlife Centre offered at 50% discount.
*All woodwork courses,traditional and pleated lampshades, furniture restoration.
All basic materials for the projects are included in the cost of the course.
The course takes places weekly each Tuesday 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm.
Term dates for the course are
Spring Term-9 weeks
January 30 2018,February 6,13,20,27, March 6,13,20,27 (no Half Term)
Summer term 12 weeks
April 17, 24, May 1,8,15,22, (Half term break May 29) June 5,12,19,26,July 3,10.
Autumn term 12 weeks
Sept 11,18,25 Oct 2,9,16, (Half term break Oct 23 )Oct 30. Nov 6,13,20,27, Dec 4 2018
For those wishing to take an accreditied course, please consult www.upholsterers.co.uk for a full list of training centres.
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Course Dates: January 30th, February 6/13/20/27, March 6/13/20/27, (Easter 3/10th April-no class) April 17/24 , May 1/8/15/22 , June 5/12/19/26th , July 3/10, (Summer Holidays - no classes) September 11/18/25, October 2/9/16/30, (Half Term 23rd October-no class), November 6/13/20/27, December 4th December
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