WORKSHOP COURSES

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New Venue 2021
New classes ; French Mattress Cushions, Traditional Upholstery Taster Weekend

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Autumn 2021 Dates for Spalding and Norwich will be updated soon 
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Finch and Toad courses  run at various venues in Norfolk,

Cambridgeshire , Leicestershire 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.

  • Friday October 1st - Upholstery 

  • Saturday October 16th - Lampshade Making

  • Taster Weekend Nov 20th -21st

  • Friday Jan 8th- Upholstery

  • Saturday January 8th - Lampshade Making

  • Taster Weekend Feb 26th - 27th

Modern and Traditional Upholstery : Cambridge Regional College , Huntingdon

This is a new venue for 2020 . The Taster weekend (Introduction to Traditional Upholstery) is a two day course aimed at beginners who would like to dip their toe into the world of upholstery.  The price is £120.00 and includes tools and materials. Students will need to bring their own small piece of furniture and top fabric.  

Fridays will generally run once a month from10:00am4:00pm.

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.  Although bookings need to be directly made through the college I would be more than happy to answer any questions regarding your projects finchandtoad@gmail.com.   For bookings please  go through the college website under Leisure Courses .  See link below.

For bookings

https://www.camre.ac.uk/course

Contact Lee at finchandtoad@gmail.com should you require further details regarding the courses above.

Taster Weekend July 3rd - 4th 

Friday July 9th

Friday September 24th

Friday October 22nd

Friday November 19th

Modern and Traditional Upholstery : Norfolk Creative Arts ,  near King Lynn 

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 bookings or enquiries please contact Hans at Norfolk Creative Arts 01485 240 420 or through their website. https://www.norfolkcreativearts.co.uk/product-category/upholstery-courses/

Saturday July 17th - FULL

Sunday July 18th- FULL

Saturday August 7th - FULL

Sunday August  8TH - FULL

Saturday September 25th

Sunday September 26th

Saturday October 23rd

Sunday October 24th

Saturday December 4th

Sunday December 5th

Modern and Traditional Upholstery : Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding

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 £120 ( all materials included apart from top fabric and chair)

Places available 6. ( these days run with a minimum of 3 people). See below for booking details

For Bookings or Enquiries Contact Lee via the contact page, email finchandtoad@gmail.com or 07979528045. 

Friday May 28th (the pavilion) - FULL

Friday June 25th (the pavilion)- FULL

Friday July 30th-FULL

Friday September 17th 

Friday October 15th

Friday November 5th

Friday December 10th

Modern and Traditional Upholstery : Willow Centre Cringleford, Norwich

 Fridays will generally run once a month from 9:30am - 3:30pm  and once every one or 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

For Bookings or enquiries Contact Lee , finchandtoad@gmail.com 

Saturday June 12th

Saturday July 31st-FULL

Saturday September 11th

Saturday November 27th

More Saturdays to come.....

Modern and Traditional Upholstery : Willow Centre Cringleford, Norwich

 Saturdays will generally run once every one or two months. 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

For Bookings or enquiries Contact Lee, finchandtoad@gmail.com 

Various Dates;  Lampshades can be made during any of the upholstery classes held in Spalding or Norwich

Modern and Traditional Lampshade Making

If you are interested in learning how to make Modern Drum Lampshades or Traditional Lampshades you can come along to any of the Upholstery Sessions at Norwich or Spalding venues .  Drum Lampshade making is £35.00 and includes a kit and set of instruction's to take away with you. 

Contact Lee at finchandtoad@gmail.com should you require further details regarding the courses above.