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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!"


You will understand what makes a good upcycling opportunity. You will learn how to use chalk paint on your furniture, make a lampshade, decoupage and other skills and up cycling techniques.

Topics covered include:

  • How to spot an upcycling opportunity.

  • Materials, tools and ideas.

  • What to change, keep and transform.

  • Upcycling techniques (chalk painting, stencilling, decoupage, textiles) and simple re-upholstery.

We will also share many tips and useful information for you to start upcycling your own pieces. If you have some projects and ideas in mind and need some advice on colours or techniques, please bring some photos and we will go through these too.


There will be materials you need to help with your studies. At the start of the course you will need to make a payment of approximately £40.00 for materials.


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 upcycling or upholstery project.

Next Steps

Progress onto next terms 10-week course with us, or if you're interested in setting up your own business have a look at our self-employment and business courses.

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