Huntlands Farm

Upholstery Weekend Course

Work on your own project, at your own pace with expert tuition

Weekend upholstery course

This two-day weekend course is ideal for reupholstering a dining chair or stool with a drop-in or stuff over seat, overseen by your tutor Lucy Brodie, who holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, having been trained in the use of modern and traditional materials and methods.
If you are stuck for a project our local Antique and Vintage furniture store, Bringsty Vintage, has lots of old chairs for sale.

£180 including home-made lunch, biscuits & cakes. 
Cost does not include materials used.  All materials except the main fabric are kept in stock and a charge is made at the end of the course for the materials each student uses.  You are however, welcome to bring all your own materials with you if you wish.
Gift vouchers are available; please email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk

We offer a reduced rate of ÂŁ60.00/night for upholstery students with an extra ÂŁ20.00/night if your partner wishes to join you.

10.00 – 17.00 with an hour for lunch; tea, coffee, juice with home-made biscuits and cake throughout the day!

4 maximum

This is a two-day course where we will look at both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses.  Bring with you a small project, e.g.  drop in seat, small recovering projects, ottoman style box, headboard for bed; I suggest you ring when you book to check the suitability of your chosen project.  You will need sufficient fabric to cover your project, all other materials I stock and will charge for as you use them.

The techniques taught include:

  • Traditional or Modern Upholstery techniques – the basic skills and techniques used to upholster a piece of furniture whichever is appropriate.
  • Simple Repairs – making good the frame (filling in holes, gluing joints).
  • Handling Fabrics and Materials Correctly – during cutting, stitching and fixing, including such materials as webbing, hessian, animal hair/coir fibre, waddings.
  • Handling Tools Correctly – including hammers, tack- lifters, ripping chisels etc.
  • Health & Safety guidelines

  • Your piece of furniture: you should bring only small chairs (dining chair style) or stools with a drop-in seat, or pin-stuffed or sprung seat.  I can help with minor repairs to your furniture but if they are in need of major repairs it is probably better to have them mended by a professional furniture restorer before you arrive.  If you have trouble finding a suitable piece of furniture, please ask for help.
  • Any tools you already own (magnetic or pin hammer, pincers, pliers, tack lifter, ripping chisel) although tools will be provided for your use during the 2 days.
  • Apron or overalls if you wish.
  • A dust sheet or old bedcover.
  • A large pair of SHARP scissors.
  • Camera to record the stages of your work.
  • Notebook and pencil.
  • An old leather glove to protect your hand when stitching.
  • Top cover upholstery fabric – if you have difficulty finding upholstery fabric, I do have an old trunk full of remnant fabric you can rummage through.  Alternatively, let me know at least a week before your arrival of your choice of fabric from the suppliers with whom I have an account with so I can ensure the fabric is ordered and delivered in time.

Contact Lucy by email lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk or mobile 0782 8286360
A deposit equal to one day’s tuition is required to guarantee your booking.  This deposit will be refunded if you cancel more than 14 days before arrival.   If you cancel your booking within 14 days of your planned arrival date the deposit will not be refunded.  In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) no refund will be given.  Full booking balance is due four weeks before arrival.

You can book a head or body massage, reflexology session or aromatherapy whilst staying with us.  Julia Haywood from Pure Thyme is happy to visit.  Please book directly with Julia (mobile 07964 176747 or  email

2021 DATES

July 10th & 11th – FULL
July 17th & 18th – FULL
July 24th & 25th – FULL

August 7th & 8th – FULL
August 14th & 15th – FULL
August 21st & 22nd – FULL

September 4th & 5th – FULL

October 9th & 10th – FULL
October 16th & 17th – FULL

November 6th & 7th – FULL
November 20th & 21st – FULL

Student work examples