Business Start Up Course in Modern Upholstery
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Business Start Up Course in Modern Upholstery

£2800.00

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Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
Duration: 40 days
Includes: Everything except one or two of your own projects, fabric, fire retardant  if required, replacement seat cushions if needed
Cost: £2800 divided into 4 payments of £700

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Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
Duration: 40 days
Includes: Everything except one or two of your own projects, fabric, fire retardant  if required, replacement seat cushions if needed
Cost: £2800 divided into 4 payments of £700

Want to start a new career in upholstery? Then why not study with the UKs leading modern upholstery school!

We have designed our unique 40 day Business Course in Modern Upholstery for those who want to learn the comprehensive skills required to be able to go on and start a business. Our course is taught at our fully equipped Manchester workshop and is carefully structured to ensure that you will cover all the key skills needed to go on and tackle a range of complex upholstery projects.

This course takes the student through a set programme of practical work, starting with a basic drop in seat dining pad and progressing all the way through to a large wingback chair. Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached through all modern upholstery skills required to complete a large range of projects. Although the majority of the course focuses on modern upholstery methods, we also understand the importance of traditional upholstery and so to ensure that you cover all main techniques, you will complete one of our cocktail chairs using mainly traditional methods.

This unique course also allows for you to bring a selection of your own pieces for re-upholstery. Once you have gained the basic skills and feel confident, you will be encouraged to bring your own pieces. This is known as free learning and you can even start to bring customer jobs. This important part of the course allows you to start to think about your own style and the focus your business will take. You may even wish to design your own fabric and use this! Ministry of Upholstery have recently invested in the latest digital printing technology, allowing our students the opportunity to print their own fabric designs in-house. This course even includes a theory session based around the basics of Photoshop and creating your own designs!

Finally, you will finish this course with 5 days in your own self-contained workshop, known as a Pod, where you be encouraged to work autonomously and put everything you have learned into practice. Upon completion of this you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery ‘Graduate’ seal of approval, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the best modern upholstery school in the UK!

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to build up a photographic and video portfolio of your work, which will document the techniques used and skills gained. This record will provide an invaluable reference tool to enable you to go on to independent work. You will also take part in sessions regarding the less hands-on side of things such as how to cost a job, how to work out how much fabric a piece will require, setting up a workshop, fire retardancy regulations and routes to market. This course also includes a masterclass in fabric design by surface pattern designer Beth Travers from Bobo1325.

We work to a set programme to ensure that you complete all key skills within our skills matrix.  Throughout your course, you will complete a drop-in dining seat, small footstool, large deep-buttoned footstool, two wingback chairs and a cocktail chair. These frames are all included in the cost and are brand new frames made by our expert frame-makers. Everything you require to upholster these jobs is also included in the cost of the course. You will only need to supply the fabric and any fire retardant interliner, should you require it. You will also be given a full induction in sewing and, as part of the course, you will make a buttoned scatter cushion and box seat cushion. You will be required to supply a small selection of projects of your own choosing for your free learning and one piece for your 5 day Pod time. These can be pieces that you source or we can provide you with a new frame at extra cost. The pieces that you make are all yours to keep. If you sell these you can more than cover the cost of the course!

 

Techniques and skills covered

  • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
  • Sewing machine induction
  • Shallow buttoning
  • Deep buttoning
  • Facings
  • Borders
  • Cutting and applying foam
  • Scatter cushion
  • Box cushion
  • Pattern matching
  • Fluting
  • Costing jobs
  • Pleating
  • Tool selection
  • Stripping
  • Piping
  • Arms
  • Seats
  • Applying ply grip
  • Applying backtack strip
  • Slip stitching
  • Double piping
  • Fabric costings
  • Fire regulations
  • Close nail studding
  • Sprung seats
  • Sewing
  • Webbing
  • Cutting
  • Measuring fabric and fabric guide
  • Use of machinery
  • Workshop set up advice
  • Information about setting up in business
  • Fabric design and printing

Programme

Module 1 Welcome to Ministry of Upholstery!
Full tool and materials induction
Sewing machine induction
Intro to the Skills Matrix and how it works
Completion of basic drop-in dining seat pad (supplied by us)
Module 2 Upholstery of a small footstool from new frame (supplied by us)
Module 3 Upholstery of a large deep buttoned footstool from new frame (supplied by us)
Module 4 Upholstery of a Queen Anne wingback armchair from new frame (supplied by us)
Module 5 Upholstery of a Queen Anne wingback armchair from new frame (supplied by us). This will be done differently to the first
Module 6 Traditional upholstery of a cocktail chair from new frame (supplied by us)
Module 7 ‘Free Learning’. You will bring your own pieces for this part of the course or you can purchase new frames through us.
Module 8 Pod time – You will provide a piece for this or buy a new frame through us. This will be completed in your own workshop with minimal interaction from the tutor

 

Availability
This course can be taken on a totally flexible basis. The core hours are 9.00-4.00 Monday to Friday but you are not required to attend 5 days per week. You can even do this course on a day/ week basis if this suits you so please call us for a chat if you would like to discuss this in more detail, we’re always happy to help. Please note that there is no specified timeframe within which you have to complete the 40 day course as it is entirely flexible.

Booking is simple, to book a place you can pay your first instalment of £700 using the Buy button on this page and selecting the first week of attendance. You can then call or email us to book the rest of your time.* If you wish to book odd days or discuss availability, then please email us on [email protected] or call us on 0161 222 4243.

*Please note that we have a maximum class size of 16 and classes are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you want to check availability for the whole course before you book then please contact us.

Payment
We appreciate that this course is a large amount of money to pay in one go so we have devised a payment scheme that allows you to pay for it in four smaller, more manageable instalments.

Upon booking your first week, which you can do online, you are required to pay the first instalment of £700. Before you attend your 6th day you are required to pay the next instalment of £700. The same again before you attend your 11th and 16th days. This allows you to stagger the payments according to your attendance rate. If you attend once per week for example, then you’ll only make a payment every 5th week!

Although this course is about focusing on skills and not completed projects, we estimate the total value of the products you will make throughout the duration of the course will exceed £4000!

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Dates

Week commencing 4th Jan, Week commencing 18th Jan, Week commencing 15th Feb, Week commencing 22nd Feb, Week commencing 29th Feb, Week commencing 21st March, Week commencing 28th March

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Just completed this course and have really enjoyed it. Flexible learning has been ideal for me fitting it in between work and home life. I’ve completed lots of different projects and gained a really good insight into both modern and traditional upholstery techniques. My confidence has grown throughout my time at yhe Ministry thanks to Anthonys encouragement and teaching style. I’m now taking on projects at home on my own and am loving the challenge. Doing this course has been the first step to mybuilding up a business for the future. Would recommend this course without a doubt. Thanks Anthony and Susie for all your support.

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