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.

Day Courses

Autumn Term 2024


Sept 17th, October 8th, 22nd, November 12th, 26th


Sept 19th, October 10th, 24th, November 14th, 28th course full


Sept 20th, October 11th, 25th, November 15th, 29th course full

Week Course

2024 Dates

November 4th to 8th course full

Dates for 2025 Soon

Day Courses Costs

Summer 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

10 Piece Upholstery Set


10 piece set

Includes Tools: Webbing stretcher, Magnetic Hammer, Tack remover, Mallet, Chisel, Berry Staple Remover, Regulator, Double pointed needle, curved needle.

Also Signed book : 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


New The Cider House, Stathe, Burrowbridge

Contact Sarah 07802 235534

Morland, Stanmoor Rd, Burrow Bridge, Bridgwater TA7 0SA  Phone: 07887 886150

The Old Forge, Fivehead, TA3 6PJ

The Frog -Secluded hideaway on the Somerset Levels

B and B’s, Hotels

  • Morland B and B,  Stanmore Road, Burrowbridge 07887 886150
  • 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

Other Information:

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.