Pauline Stell

upholstery case study before after

I started the upholstery classes in as a new challenge after 34 years working for the NHS as a Physiotherapist. I felt I wanted to do something creative and after a short watercolour class I realised I was no J M W Turner and so decided to try something more practical and hopefully more useful. I started with a simple drop in seat and then a stool and have progressed through a number of styles of chair, both modern and traditional.

I thoroughly enjoy my Wednesdays, my husband teases me it’s the highlight of my week, and he’s not far wrong, by the time the next Wednesday comes around I am itching to get on with my project. Alex is a brilliant teacher, always patient, fun and full of ideas.

Paul Summers - Upholstery

Paul Summers - Upholstery

"This year I have continued the upholstery of a Parker-Knoll chair that I had started previously. I had done the work up to calico, and had fitted the top fabric to the inner back. Now it was the turn of the top fabric on the arms. Arguably the trickiest part as there are several folds, and pattern matching is critical to obtain a neat and symmetrical finish.

On my upholstery course this year I learned how to fold the fabric at the front and back of the arms, the correct method of trimming excess fabric at corners, I appreciated that packing is sometimes necessary to get a smooth finish to the fabric and that I must be more careful measuring the pieces needed!"



If you have questions upholstery regarding tools and equipment used to in all aspects of Upholstery, The tutor will discuss:


  • Use the tools confidently and safely

  • Have knowledge of traditional and modern upholstery techniques

  • Share knowledge with your peers through regular group discussions.

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No formal qualifications are required. Basic photography skills would be helpful, but are not essential.

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