Pauline Stell

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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.


You will learn how to use upholstery tools and equipment through a combination of one-to-one teaching and group demonstrations and discussions. You will choose a project to work on in class and develop your confidence to work independently.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use the tools confidently and safely

  • Have knowledge of traditional and modern upholstery techniques

  • Share knowledge with your peers through regular group discussions.

Beginners will be advised on a suitable in-class project e.g. a stool or dining chair. Returning students will be encouraged to work on more challenging projects.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.


You will complete an individual learning plan and provide self-assessment throughout the course. Photos and displays of your completed work will also be used.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. The tutor will discuss previous knowledge with you to help you choose a suitable upholstery project.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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