Upholstery Stage 2 - Intermediate Craft Certificate

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 instruction on:

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

· Frame repair and polishing, including the fitting of castors

· Understanding of Industrial and Domestic sewing machines

· 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

· Evaluation Methods


Candidates will also produce:


· T-Shaped Cushion with piping and zips (samples)

· Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars (samples)

· Independent sprung edge for a cushion seat (exercise) (traditional materials and methods, including fabric and front border)

· Armless chair with traditionally upholstered seat and back (seat to be sprung with coil springs) *

· Post 1950s Armchair upholstered using modern materials & methods *

· Portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress


. Written Research Project -

History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used. *

Workshop Address

The Traditional Upholstery Workshop,

Old Piggery, Meidrim,



SA33 5NY

Correspondence Address

Torcoed Ganol


SA32 8PY

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