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Upholstery Stage 1 – Craft Certificate

The Stage 1 – introductory Craft Certificate introduces the student to basic upholstery techniques and leads on to the Stage 2 – Intermediate Craft Skills certificate which covers more advanced techniques.  

The Stage 3 – Diploma is designed to consolidate and advance the skills learned and provides a firm grounding for those considering pursuing upholstery as a career.

Stage 1 Craft Certificate Syllabus

This is a six week upholstery course.

During this time students will receive workshop inductions, practical demonstrations and teaching in the use and application of core materials and techniques, both modern and traditional, including instruction on:

  • Health & Safety: when working with tools and equipment in a workshop environment

  • Appropriate use of tools and equipment, both hand and machine

  • Understanding of Domestic and Industrial Sewing machines

  • Appropriate use of Fillings & Sundry Materials

  • Appropriate use of techniques and processes including Knots, Blind, Top and Slip-Stitching

  • Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics

  • Sewing seams and decorative techniques

  • Trims and Decorative detailing

  • Awareness of frame repairs and polishing

  • Costing Materials

  • Evaluation Methods

Candidates will also produce as either exercise or actual pieces:

  • Drop-in seat (modern materials)

  • Drop-in seat (traditional materials including fabric and bottoming cloth)

  • Stitched and stuffed footstool or chair (traditional materials and methods including fabric and bottoming)

  • Sprung dining chair (traditional materials and methods including fabric and bottoming cloth) *

  • Sprung arm exercise for an inset facing (traditional materials and methods. Calico to be stitched under the roll. Fabric need not to be applied)

  • Box Cushion with piping and zip (sample)

  • Bolster End with piping (sample)

  • Scatter cushion with piping and zip

  • Upholstered and lined box with deep-buttoned lid
    Note:  Either the box or scatter cushion to have some sort of decorative detailing or fabric manipulation

  • Portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress


Written Research Project –  Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage *

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