Please email Lee at should you want to book a course or require further information

Finch and Toad courses  run at various venues in Norfolk,

Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Each course is designed to enable novices to master basic upholstery skills and can be adapted to help more experienced upholsterers develop their skills if requested.


Courses are informal but busy and class sizes kept small to ensure that students receive as much one to one as possible. Some skills within the taster and beginners sessions will be taught in the form of demonstrations. 


Lamp shade making courses are great for anyone who would like to learn a new skill within a morning  or evening and group sizes can be larger. Courses will be run at various venues but also can be brought to your home as part of a hen weekend or other party occasion.


Upholstery like so many traditional skills takes years to become a master but a keen attitude combined with a foundation of the core techniques and skills is a good starting point.


All workshop courses will be  taught by Lee Deary  ( see about page) and details of the courses can be found by clicking on the relevant section on this page. This page will also be regularly updated with new dates and venues.


Please use the contact page if you would like further details or to book onto a course.

                         Current Venues and Courses 2020

Modern and Traditional Upholstery Fridays and Taster Weekends

Venue: Norfolk Creative Arts , Grimston near Kings Lynn

                                                                                                 Fri 31st January -FULL                         Fri May 8th                                         

                                                                                                 Fri March 6th                                          Fri June 5th

                                                                                                 March 14th - 15th Taster Weekend      Fri July 3rd

This is a lovely venue near Kings Lynn. Taster Weekends are perfect as a gift and usually include an amazing two course lunch. One day courses are for those who are more experienced or can only make a shorter taster day. One day courses do not include lunch and cost £55.00. For Course details and bookings please contact Hans at Norfolk Creative Arts 01485 240 420 or through their website.

Modern and Traditional Upholstery Saturdays and Taster Weekends       

Venue: Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding, Lincolnshire            


                                                                 Saturday January 18th- FULL                        Saturday May 9th - Places Available                              

                                                                 Saturday  February 29TH - FULL                   Taster Weekend  June 6th - 7th Places available                            

                                                                 Sunday March 29th - FULL                             Sunday July 5th - Places Available                                          



NB:  Please do email if interested in future dates or would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 


These workshops run on a Saturday or Sunday once a month or whole weekend from 10.00am - 4.00pm each day.  They are suitable for experienced and non experienced upholsterers and I can give you guidance on what can be completed at home should you not finish your project in one session.  If you are a complete beginner it would be advisable to start with a Taster Weekend ( see price below and details in the taster weekend link button above) in order to introduce you to the basic skills and prepare you for taking on more complex projects.  All tools are supplied along with a constant flow of refreshments.   Please enquire if interested and send a pic of your project if you can for guidance on how long the project will take. Lunch is not included but there is a lovely onsite cafe should you want to order food on the Saturday.

Cost for one day £50.00 , Cost for Weekend £100 + cost of materials ( e.g webbing, scrim, calico )

Taster Weekend £130 ( all materials included apart from top fabric)

Places available 6/7. ( these days run with a minimum of 4 people). See below for booking details

Modern and Traditional Upholstery Fridays and Saturdays

Venue: The Willow Centre, Cringleford, Norwich


                       FRIDAYS       Jan 17th : FULLY BOOKED                   May 22nd : Places Available         SATURDAYS      Feb 15th ; FULLY BOOKED                                                             Feb 28th : FULLY BOOKED                   June 19th : Places Available                                   May 23rd ; Places available

                                             March 20th ; FULLY BOOKED              July 17th: Places Available                                      July - TBC

                                             April 24th: FULLY BOOKED                  Sept 11th: Places Available                                                                                         


NB:  Please do email if interested in future dates or would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 

 Fridays will generally run once a month from 9:45am - 3:45pm  and once every two months on a Saturday..  Classes are informal and tuition will be given to guide you through your upholstery project. This workshop is suitable for experienced or non experienced upholsterers and you will have tools and equipment available to use for Modern or Traditional Upholstery projects.  I can give you guidance on what can be completed at home should you not finish your project during the day.  Those of you with prior upholstery experience may just want to come along for a bit of encouragement with a project you are currently working on.  If new to upholstery it will be advisable to start with a beginners project so that you have the basic skills ready to tackle larger projects.   Block bookings from month to month can be made. The price includes a constant flow of refreshments, use of tools and sundries such as tacks, threads etc.  Other materials apart from top fabric can be purchased on the day.  Please enquire if interested and send a pic of your project  for guidance on how long the project will take. Lunch is not included.

Cost £48 per day + materials ( if required ) 

Places available 8 ( this course runs with a minimum of 5 people) See below for booking details





Drum Lampshade Making Workshops 2.5 hrs 

             Venues:  Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding and Willow Centre ,Norwich

 You are more than welcome to come along to any upholstery weekend to make a lampshade as we can generally find workshop space for 1 or 2 extra people. Choose your date and come along at 10am or 1pm . Email me for registration, payment and course details. The cost will be £35 


How do I Register and Book?

To register on any of the courses please email Lee at or call  07979528045. I will send you a form for you to identify which course you require to book along with payment details. The form will be a word document that  you can edit and email back to me if you  prefer. Bookings and payment must be 3 weeks prior to the course date otherwise your place can not be confirmed.  Confirmation of receipt of payment will be provided once received. All courses run on a minimum number as identified above. You will be notified two weeks prior to the course if it going to be cancelled because of insufficient numbers and all monies paid will be refunded.


If you need to cancel

Before sending your registration and payment, please ensure that you read the course details, dates and  times carefully.


If you need to cancel before the course starts we will endeavor to find a replacement student from our waiting list to replace you. A refund can only be made if your position is filled. This is also applicable if you cancel part way through a course.



Suitable clothing and what to bring

Please avoid wearing your best clothes and avoid wearing open toe shoes or heels for these courses.  A camera is useful for recording stages of making and bring a pen and note book if you are coming to a weekly course




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