Cherry Dobson

I started teaching Upholstery in Colchester 30 years ago for the Adult Education Centre. At any one time I had up to 100 students on my books at several different centres in the area.

While tutoring in Colchester I attended an Advanced City and Guilds Course at the Guildhall University London gaining a Distinction. I have always worked on private commissions myself, and so have considerable hands-on experience in the craft.Courses include both traditional and modern methods of upholstery. Canework is also taught.

I have now published a best selling book  ‘The Upholstery Bible’ 56,000 copies sold at last count, signed copies avalaible only from me



Author of “The Upholstery Bible”

Publication Date: 27 Mar 2009

This is a complete resource for furniture upholstering, regardless of your abilities, with easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions explaining all the essential upholstery techniques, from covering buttons to stripping and upholstering entire chairs.

Build your skills at your own pace, with advice on the basics such as choosing materials and tools for the job and estimating yardage, as well as more complex upholstering techniques.

It features invaluable advice on what to look for when buying second hand furniture, teaching you what’s fixable and what’s not as well as how to avoid costly mistakes by choosing the right stitches, and techniques and textiles for the job.