New Zealand Community Education Centres

Upholstery Weekend Workshop

A (very!) intensive weekend workshop where you'll learn the basics of upholstery and rejuvenate a small piece of furniture. A separate Friday evening measuring-up session (bring your project) is included so please check dates carefully. [Note: No evening session for May course - see below].


An introduction to upholstery and the opportunity to bring a favourite piece of furniture back to life.  Please note this course is not suitable for vehicle upholstery.

The course consists of an initial session on a Friday evening when you bring your project and Steve advises you on fabric quantities, any necessary repairs and other requirements (note: not the May course).

Workshop 1: Friday 22 February* and Saturday/Sunday 9 and 10 March
Workshop 2:  Saturday/Sunday 18 and 19 May [no evening session - contact the CEC about sending photos of your project to the tutor]

Workshop 3: Friday 9 August* and Saturday/Sunday 24 and 25 August
Workshop 4: Friday 9 August* and Saturday/Sunday 19 and 20 October

[*Short information session (5pm to 7.00pm) for fabric quantities and other requirements – bring your project].

On the weekend, bring a sewing machine (if Steve tells you your project will require sewing), heavy duty needle (optional), upholstery thread, hammer, old chisel, fabric scissors, old blanket or drop sheet, pen and paper and lunch, along with your project and the fabric and other materials Steve says you will need.  Some basic materials are provided as part of the course fee but please bring cash to pay Steve for extras you may need. Small projects only, please (chairs, stools, pouffes etc) – wing chairs, sofas and settees will not be suitable for this workshop.

By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to:
• Measure up your project and calculate quantities
• Strip and unpick your project
• Make any necessary repairs to your piece of furniture (at a basic level)
• Cut a new pattern from an existing one
• Cut out fabric
• Sew, staple and carry out other machine work 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".


Basic sewing skills required.

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