Level: Beginner – intermediate
Tutor: Cherry Dobson author of ‘The Upholstery Bible’
Venue: Lilac Barn at Mother Hubbard
Daily Courses: 10am to 4 pm
Week Courses: 9.30am to 5pm
Traditional and Modern Upholstery
Day And Week courses
Come and renovate that well loved chair or buy a bargain off ebay, it does not matter what condition it is in. Traditional and modern methods taught with expert tuition.
The range of fabrics available are huge, many on line and why not try a patchwork theme, or create that shabby chic look using vintage fabrics.
Experience & tools
Tuition is on an individual basis in all courses and students should bring a piece of furniture e.g chair, stool or headboard to the class, whether it be large or small and so long as it fits in your car!
Beginners and Improvers are both welcome at these classes but if you are a beginner it is better to start on a small project rather than a large armchair! Upholstery is addictive so beware!
Students bring anything from an old dilapidated chair to a chaise longue.
What will I learn?
The traditional method of upholstery using springs,hessian, hair etc.is taught but also modern techniques using rubberised hair, foam etc.
Cane seating and Rush work are also taught.
Tuesdays January 9th, 30th, February 20th, Match 5th, 19th
Thursdays January 11th. February 1st, 22nd, March 7th, 21st course full
FridayS January 12th, February 2nd, 23rd, March 8th, 22nd
May 13th to 17th course full
November 4th to 8th
Day Courses Costs
Spring courses 2024
£200 per 5 workshops
£60 per single workshop
£30 deposit to secure place
Students should enrol for either 5 Tuesdays, 5 Thursdays or 5 Fridays. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but students should bring their own lunch.
Week Courses Costs
£320 (deposit £50) balance due 14 days prior to the course
£65 per day
Course fee includes 5 days tuition by Cherry Dobson, home cooked lunches each day, tea, coffee and biscuits.
Fee returnable up to 2 weeks prior to course less admin fee £10
6 Piece Upholstery Set
Six Piece Upholstery Tool set includes signed Upholstery Book
Six piece tool set
Includes Tools: Webbing stretcher, Magnetic Hammer, Tack remover, Mallet, Chisel,
Also Signed Book : The Upholstery Bible by Cherry Dobson
Cherry Dobson: [email protected] to enrol or for more information.
Course places can only be reserved with deposit, details on booking form
Cheque or Bank transfer to Cherry Dobson, details on booking form
Self Catering Accommodation available at
- Holly Farm Cottages (4 Star) 01823 490828 also B and B, contact Holly Farm directly
- Windmill Retreat, Middlezoy TA7 0PD 01823 698831,
- Hectors Barn. Stathe Rd, Burrow Bridge, Bridgwater TA7 0RY
Phone: 01823 698034
The Frog -Secluded hideaway on the Somerset Levels
B and B’s, Hotels
- Morland B and B, Stanmore Road, Burrowbridge
- Frog St Farmhouse, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 481883 Louise and David Farrance
- Summerhousebandb.com Hatch Beauchamp 07717177006 Keith Hammon
- Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, 01458 241271
- Farthings, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 480664
All materials and tools can be purchased at Lilac Barn or by contacting Cherry in advance of your course. Some tools are available to borrow.
Signed copies of The Upholstery Bible available at £16.50
Lilac Barn is an ideal venue with easy access. Numbers are restricted so no student is kept waiting to see tutor.
Students coming for a week are able to leave project in the barn for the duration of the course.