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

Summer 2021

Tuesdays  April 27th, May 4th, June 22nd July 6th course full

Thursdays  April 29th, May 6th,, June 24th July 7th  places available

Fridays  April 30th, May 7th, June 25th, July 8th  places available

Autumn 2021

Tuesdays September 21st, October 19th, November 2nd, 16th, 30th

Thursdays September 23rd, October 21st, November 4th, 18th, December 2nd

Fridays September 24th, October 22nd, November 5th, 19th, December

please note change of date in October

Week Courses

 Dates for 2021

September 6th to 10th  course full

November 8th to 12th…course full

New Dates for 2022

January 24th to 28th

May 9th to 13th

Day Courses Costs

Summer courses

£170 per 5 workshops  £135 per 4 works

Autumn courses

£180 per 5 workshops

£50 per single workshop

£40 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

£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

6 Piece Upholstery Set


Six Piece Upholstery Tool set includes signed Upholstery Book



Six piece tool set

11 Piece Upholstery Set


11 piece set includes signed Upholstery Book



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


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.