One to one tuition from Cherry
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Courses starting September 2020

Traditional and Modern Upholstery

Day And Week courses


Beginner – intermediate


Cherry Dobson   author of  ‘The Upholstery Bible’


Lilac Barn at Mother Hubbard, Curload, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6JD

Autumn 2020

2 catch up weeks from  Spring term

Tuesdays Sept 8th, 22nd

Thursdays Sept 10th, 24th

Fridays  Sept 11th, 25th


Autumn Term

Tuesdays Sept 29th, October 13th, November 3rd, 17th, December 1sr

Thursdays October 1st, 15th, November 5th, 19th, December 3rd

Fridays October 2nd, 16th, November 6th, 20th, December 4t


£170 per 5 workshops

£50 per single workshop

£40 deposit to secure place

Fee returnable up to 2 weeks prior to course less admin fee £10


10am to 4pm

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.

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.

Weekly Upholstery Courses


New Dates 2020

November 9th to 13th  course full

New dates for 2021

January 25th to 29th

May 31st to June 4th

November 8th to 12th


£280   deposit £50 balance due prior to the course

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


9.30am to 5pm


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

Air Bnb

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

Dairyhouse Barn Annexe, Stathe TA7 0JL  07967 512579  Russell & Claire Monkhouse

Self contained double room with lovely view

B and B’s, Hotels

  • Trevarrick House North Curry TA3 6LX 01823 491319
  • Sam Dixon, Stoke St Gregory 01823 690319.
  • Brook Farm, North Curry, 01823 491124
  • Frog St Farmhouse, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 481883 Louise and David Farrance
  •   Hatch Beauchamp 07717177006  Keith Hammon
  • Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, 01458 241271
  • Farthings, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 480664

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 taught but also modern techniques using rubberised hair, foam etc.

Cane seating and Rush work are also taught.


All materials  and tools can be purchased at Lilac Barn and 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.


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

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