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Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Tonbridge
10:00 - 12:30
10 weeks

Have you got a scruffy old chair or stool that needs a facelift but an upholsterer is too expensive ! Why not learn how to transform your object into something beautiful by joining our upholstery course.
On this upholstery course you can learn a variety of traditional and modern upholstery techniques, using upholstery tools and materials. This is a practical upholstery course for students to develop skills and work on projects of their own choice. Starting with stripping back your chosen piece of furniture, then webbing it, stuffing it and finally giving it a new lease of life with a beautiful fabric and trim.
Demonstrations and guidance on techniques will be given throughout the course.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Use a web stretcher
Identify basic materials
Name and make two basic knots
Select the correct tack for an element of the project
Be aware of and work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines

How will I be taught?

Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople. There will be one to one guidance, group critiques and self assessment. You will also receive verbal feedback from your tutor.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your project to the first lesson, a dining chair or foot stool are ideal first projects. In addition please bring a small hammer, scissors, pen and notebook and a camera/phone. There is no onsite storage for your chairs but they can be dropped off in the centre car park. Apart from pens and notebooks please do not buy books or equipment before the start of the course. Details will be discussed at the first session. A small charge of approximately £6.00 per term is made for tacks and string. Most upholstery materials are usually available to be purchased at the class.
NB. Open toe shoes must not be worn in the workroom.

Please bring some plasters with you and also some bin bags to take anyway any waste materials from your project.

What can I do next?

During your course, your tutor will offer guidance in your personal progression route.

Kent Adult Education web site offers many courses for students wishing to develop a self-employed business. Please speak with your tutor if you have an interest in self-employment or an interest in developing career options in this chosen path.

What do I need to join the course

This course is for beginners and those with some experience.

Getting to your course

Find us

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/130451/N/PF.