Upholstery Stage 3 - Diploma

This is a six week course


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


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

· Understanding of Industrial and Domestic sewing machines

· Frame repair and polishing including fitting castors: costs and time required to undertake repairs

· Appropriate use of Fillings & Sundry Materials

· Types of springs and suspension systems: coil, serpentine, tension springs, sprung units, pocket springs, rubber & elastic webbings etc.

· Appropriate use of foams and rubberized hair sheets and various pre-formed profiles

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

· Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics

· Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars

· Basic Design Skills: sketching, colour co-ordination and scale drawing

· An understanding of the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 relating to domestic furniture and furnishings

· Fabric Classifications – Martindale abrasion test

· Estimating & Costing Materials and Labour

· Working to a deadline including timing records

· Business Studies:

. Requirements of self-employment

. H&S whilst working from home or a workshop

. Legal & Safety requirements

. Terms & Conditions

. Insurances

. PR & Marketing including social media

. Resources

· Evaluation Methods


Candidates will also produce:


Substantial Traditional Armchair of advanced techniques, which should include at least two of the following elements: the fitting of caps and collars, scroll arms or stitched-up edges to arms, sprung arms, coil sprung seats, independent sprung edges, deep buttoning, fluting or an iron framed chair. *

· Modern Chair with a concave inside back incorporating tailored fitting and top stitching

i.e. Egg style (shell frame) *

· Portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress


Written Research Project -  20th Century Furniture Design – an overview of the styles, periods and iconic designers of the 20th Century *

Workshop Address

The Traditional Upholstery Workshop,

Old Piggery, Meidrim,



SA33 5NY

Correspondence Address

Torcoed Ganol


SA32 8PY

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