COVID UPDATE: Courses to resume from August .

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 2020/21

Modern and Traditional Upholstery Fridays and Taster Weekends

Venue: Norfolk Creative Arts , Grimston near Kings Lynn

                                                                                                       Fri Sept 4th           2021 Fri Feb 5th                             

                                                                                                       Fri Oct 2nd         

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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            


                              Sunday September 13th  - FULL                               2021    Sunday January 17th       

                              Saturday  October 3rd  - FULL                                                Saturday February 13th

                              Taster Weekend Nov 21st -22nd - FULL                                Saturday March 27th                  



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



         FRIDAY July 17th  POSTPONED        SATURDAY  August 29th  FULL         2021    FRIDAY Jan 8th                       SATURDAY Jan 30th                                 FRIDAY July 31st  POSTPONED        SATURDAY October 24th  FULL                      FRIDAY Feb 19th                                    

         FRIDAY Sept 11th    FULL                  SATURDAY December 5th                              FRIDAY March 12th                                                                                   FRIDAY Oct 9th   FULL                                                                                                                                                                

         FRIDAY Dec 4th




      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 9:30am - 3:30pm  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 on upholstery courses 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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