the space and opportunity to develop your passion for upholstery
Our upholstery courses are based on a “Bring your own project” format. You can work on a piece of furniture that you already have and want to restore to its former glory. Or, you can bring something that’s caught your eye whilst trawling auctions and second-hand shops. Nestled in the train station at Redland in Bristol, our workshop is a wonderful space to learn a new skill, use your imagination and focus on a creative project. We only book three students for each day, so you will be closely supported by one tutor to realise your new upholstery ambition and share ideas with other students. You can book for one or two days, or for a series of days to develop your knowledge and skills to a greater level and tackle more complex pieces. No prior experience is required.
Our upholstery courses can be undertaken by complete beginners and those with some upholstery experience.
We recommend new students start with a simple project to learn the basic principles of upholstery. A good first project would be a footstool, dining chair or small headboard. You can also learn how to use a sewing machine; perfect for your first box or scatter cushion project or to create some sumptuous piping to finish a chair.
More experienced students
Once you have a little experience, a small upholstered chair or ottoman would be a good next step. We encourage those with more experience to join us and those who need help in finishing a piece started at home.
Our courses book up quickly because of our low student:tutor ratios (we only ever have three students on a course). If the course(s) you are interested in are fully booked, please subscribe to our newsletter to receive news from us about future courses.
You will be taught by either Nicky Hamilton and Erica Fredricksson, the owners of Hamilton & Hodson. Nicky and Erica have over 30 years’ combined experience in upholstery and love to share their skills with eager students.
A wonderful day making my stool look like something special. The team were very friendly and on hand to point you in the right direction. An unusual setting which was an added bonus for me. I will remember that day positively.
As there are only 3 in the group, there is a lot of guidance and one to one tuition. Both Nicky and Erica have years of experience. They offer sound advice about how to complete a project in a doable way for someone who hasn’t had a lot of experience in upholstery. It’s a hard working and friendly environment.
Great one-day upholstery course at Hamilton and Hodson. Nicky and Erica are lovely, very knowledgeable and friendly. Small class size meant that there was lots of help!