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  • byo sewing machine
    byo sewing machine
    £145.00

    Bring Your Own Sewing Machine

    , , £145.00
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    Times: 18.00-21.00
    Duration: 4 evenings
    Includes: Everything except fabric

    Do you own your own domestic sewing machine and sometimes feel like flinging it out the window? Have you tried to use it but find yourself getting frustrated with the stitch or tension? Or perhaps you’ve bought it and haven’t even unboxed it yet!

    We understand that the instructions can be difficult to interpret and there is a minefield of information out there. So, we are here to help with this brand new EVENING SEWING COURSE.

    Commencing on 15th June and running each Wednesday between 18.00 and 21.00, we have limited spaces for you to come and learn, not only how to successfully use your machine, but also how to make a simple tote bag, a scatter cushion and a bolster! By the end of the course you will be able to master:

    • Understanding your machine
    • Threading the machine
    • Choosing the correct needle for the job
    • Winding the bobbin
    • Understanding tension
    • Using a seam allowance
    • Reversing
    • Changing direction
    • Changing your needle
    • Common sewing machine problems
    • Making a tote bag
    • Making a scatter cushion with a zip
    • Making a bolster

    Dates
    15th June
    22nd June
    29th June
    6th July

    Times
    18.00-21.00

    Includes:
    Zip
    Scatter inner
    Bolster inner

    You provide:
    Sewing machine
    Thread
    Needles
    Fabric

    £145.00
  • cocktail-chair-online
    cocktail-chair-online
    £435.00£495.00

    Cocktail Chair

    , £435.00£495.00
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    Times: 11.00GMT
    Duration: 15 weeks
    Cost: £435-495
    Date: 14th September 2022

    These chairs are a design icon! You can be the envy of your friends with your own unique version, which you’ll be able to say you created yourself. We’ve been teaching this course at our Manchester workshop for over 8 years but this September, we are very proud to launch this beautiful style classic as an online course!  You have 3 different options to choose from and we will send you a goodie box containing a brand-new frame, tapered beech legs and all the upholstery sundries. As this course is online, you will be required to have your own tool, staple gun and domestic sewing machine and it would be advantageous to have some upholstery experience, though not necessary. The cocktail chair is constructed using a mix of traditional and modern upholstery techniques and you will learn how to make your own sprung seat base from individual springs. You will be taught how to hand tie these and shape your seat using the seat edge wire. You will have an option to flute the inside back or to keep it plain and both options will be covered in full detail. You’ll learn how to make piping and apply a border as well as two options for completing the back; the more modern ply grip technique or the traditional slip-stitch.

    For this project you will require 3 metres of fabric. A fabric guide will be sent to you upon booking but if you have any fabric queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    This course will commence on 14th September 2022. It will take place LIVE on Wednesdays @ 13.30. Whilst you are welcome to join live in order to ask questions, you are not required to, as the session will then be sent as a recording. You will then follow this recording; pausing, re-watching as you follow along and week-by-week create your own bespoke cocktail chair.

    There will be three different options you can take.

    Option 1: Plain inside back (without the fluting). Please note on this option your fabric choice is limited to wool only. Cost £435.

    Option 2: Fluted inside back (see picture). This option allows any fabric choice. Cost £495. Please note you will also get access to plain back videos.

    Option 3: Plain back but with access to fluted back videos for reference. Please note on this option your fabric choice is limited to wool only. Cost £465

    The price includes frame, legs and all upholstery sundries and delivery (mainland UK only, for any other locations please enquire as there will be a postage supplement). You will just need to supply 4 metres of fabric and a guide will be sent out on booking.

    At the point of starting the inside back, there will be two broadcasts per week with the plain remaining on Wednesday and the fluted being on Tuesday at 11.00. After completion of the inside back both groups will come back together. In total the course will run for approx. 15 weeks.

    Payment & Booking

    You can book by choosing from the 3 options above.

    Alternatively we are able to offer a payment plan for this and spread the cost across the months up to and including November. For this option, please email enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk and we can let you know the details.

     

    £435.00£495.00
  • french-mattress
    french-mattress
    £99.00

    French Mattress Cushion Making Course

    , , £99.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 10.00-4.00
    Duration: 1 day
    Includes: Everything except fabric

    Learn how to make a box cushion and elevate your skills to include the popular French mattress style of finishing, which is so on-trend right now. This style can be applied to dining chair pads, headboards, floor cushions, daybed cushions, window seats and more, the list goes on.

    During this one-day course you will be guided step-by-step, in a group of no more than 4, on the process of making a small box cushion (37.5cm x 37.5cm). Once you’ve mastered this you will then focus on the skills required to transform this into a French mattress style cushion. This is a technique involving hand-stitching and so we will provide full guidance and get you started but you will likely need to finish this element at home and we will include a needle, thread and pins for you to take with you at the end of the day. You will also be shown how to make and add a button detail to your cushion. You can then go on to apply this technique to so many projects.

    £99.00
  • learn to sew
    learn to sew
    £155.00

    Learn to Sew

    , , £155.00
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    Times: 18.00-21.00
    Duration: 4 evenings
    Includes: Everything except fabric

    Do you want to start sewing but don’t have a clue where to begin? Maybe you fancy making some soft furnishings for your home and haven’t sewn since school and the thought of trying to thread a machine brings you out in a cold sweat! Don’t worry, this course is aimed at absolute beginners with little to no experience of sewing. We will use one of our domestic Janome sewing machines and over the course of the four evening sessions, you will learn:

    • How the machine works
    • Threading the machine
    • Choosing the correct needle for the job
    • Winding the bobbin
    • Understanding tension
    • Using a seam allowance
    • Reversing
    • Changing direction
    • Changing your needle
    • Common sewing machine problems

    Not only will you master how to use the machine, but also how to confidently make these products:

    • Tote bag
    • Scatter cushion with a zip
    • Bolster Cushion

    Dates
    15th June
    22nd June
    29th June
    6th July

    £155.00
  • roman blind wordswag
    roman blind wordswag
    £120.00

    Roman Blind Masterclass

    , , £120.00
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    Times: 10.00-16.00 (weekdays) 11.00-17.00 (weekends)
    Duration: 1 Day
    Includes: Everything except 1 metre of fabric

    With handy hints, and tricks of the trade this is a must do course for anyone who wants to produce top quality Roman blinds. Taught by Debs, a teacher of Textiles in the secondary sector for over 20 years, this completely accessible course will guide you through the entire process of making a Roman Blind (no hand sewing or sewing machine experience is required). You will produce a sample ready for you to head home and create your own, with the help of the notes that are provided.

    The step-by-step approach means that by the end of this course you will be confident you can:

    • Measure a window accurately
    • Choose the correct hanging system
    • Calculate pleats, rod pockets and cascades
    • Calculate fabric quantities
    • Confidently cut fabric
    • Construct and connect your Roman blind
    • Understand blind safety regulations

    Earn while you learn
    If you’ve ever bought a top quality Roman blind then you’ll know how expensive they are – even for a relatively small one. If you’re looking to save money, or even make money, by making your own top quality Roman blinds, then this course will show you how.

    £120.00
  • fire-regs
    fire-regs
    £15.00

    UK Domestic Upholstery Fire Regulations

    , £15.00
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    Times: 11.00GMT
    Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
    Cost: £15
    Date: 23rd June 2022

    If you’re thinking about, or are already selling any type of upholstered furniture, then you must ensure that your pieces both meet fire safety regulations and are labelled correctly. Not only this but you should be keeping records. It is a criminal offence to supply goods to the public which are not safe. The regulations apply to newly made furniture and the re-upholstery of furniture manufactured after 1st January 1950. This session will cover your responsibilities in terms of compliance for domestic furniture in the UK only.*

    *The guidance and advice in this session is given in good faith. However, Ministry of Upholstery cannot be held responsible for any action resulting from the contents of this session.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR JOINING INFORMATION

    Contained within your booking confirmation will be a PDF containing the joining information. We will not resend this information.

    This session is free to all newly signed up and existing Ministry of Upholstery Business, Foundation and Online Foundation students and you will automatically receive joining information.

    £15.00
  • sewing-techniques
    sewing-techniques
    £85.00

    Upholstery Sewing Techniques Day

    , , £85.00
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    Times: 10.00-4.00
    Duration: 1 day
    Includes: Everything except fabric

    At Ministry of Upholstery we are equipped with a large range of state-of-the-art industrial sewing machines and a dedicated full-time sewing tutor with over 40 years’ experience! You can now benefit from this by attending one of our sewing days. They are available to take on almost all weekdays of the year and allow you to tackle whatever suits your needs. These sessions are aimed at those wanting to master a certain skill and we offer a choice of three sewing techniques days. They include everything except your chosen fabric. If you have your own sewing project, such as sofa cushions or campervan cushions, then you could choose to attend one of our Bring Your Own Sewing Days.

    Scatter Cushion & Bolster

    You will learn to make a 16” x 16” square zipped scatter cushion and a 45cm x 20cm bolster. We include all materials and the scatter and bolster inners so that you can walk away with a completed product. You just need to bring 1 metre of your chosen fabric for your scatter and 1 metre for your bolster.

    Box Cushion

    If you want to learn how to make a box cushion to develop your skills, then this is the perfect one day course for you. We will provide all materials except 1.5 metres of your chosen fabric. The box cushion can be made to a size to suit you but we need to know in advance. If we don’t receive a set size we will provide a standard 21” x 21” seat pad for this course.

    T Cushion*

    Take your box cushion skills to the next level by mastering this more advanced T shape. The T cushion can be made to a size to suit you but we need to know in advance. If we don’t receive a size, we will provide a standard size T cushion. * This course will assume that you have some basic sewing skills and if you do not, then it could take longer than one day. Any additional time will be chargeable.

    A note about our workshop and facilities

    The sewing area is part of a larger upholstery workshop. We have 9 industrial sewing machines in total: 3 lockstitch sewing machines, 4 walking feet, an overlocker and a twin needle. The sewing area is manned by a dedicated sewing teacher and the teacher’s time is split equally between all students. The amount of students will vary from day-to-day but will never exceed the amount of machines. The tutoring is given on an individual basis and not in groups.

    Booking

    Simply choose the week from the dropdown menu and when you book, use the ’notes’ section to advise which day or days you would like to book. We may have availability on other days, which are not listed here and to check this please email us on office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk or if you prefer to speak to us, then please call our office on 0161 222 4243 and we’ll be happy to help.

    £85.00
  • Free
    upholstery-techniques-online
    upholstery-techniques-online
    £125.00 per module

    Upholstery Techniques Online

    , £125.00 per module
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    Times: 11.00GMT
    Days: Tuesdays
    Duration: Each module is comprised of 8 online sessions
    Cost: £125/Module
    Date: Commences 8th September 2022 (see below for full details)

    Your complete guide to the three main disciplines required for successful upholstery, allowing you to build your confidence and banish imposter syndrome. This is a unique, completely accessible online techniques-based course.

    Why Ministry of Upholstery?

    Ministry of Upholstery are leading the way with relevant, industry-based upholstery. We have taught in-person courses at our Manchester school for over 10 years and now we are successfully pioneering the way with online upholstery training. This unique Upholstery Skills course allows you the opportunity to be trained professionally by the UK’s leading industry upholstery school, without having to come to us in Manchester.

    What is a techniques course and who is it for?

    Imagine you can see a chair and see the techniques involved. Not only that but you possess all the skills required to complete these techniques. Well, If you could do that then you could upholster anything! That’s what this course aims to achieve. Not only that but we will also delve into the business side of upholstery, so that you get the complete package and can not only make items, but also sell them after and most importantly, make a profit!

    This course is ideally suited to anyone who has undertaken some upholstery training, been practicing upholstery as a hobby, is self-trained or is running an existing business and wants to ensure they are ‘getting it right’. It’s ideal if you want to:

    • Turn your hobby into a business
    • Fill any learning gaps
    • Understand routes to market
    • Grow in confidence and banish ‘imposter syndrome’
    • Grow and develop your existing skillset
    • Ensure compliance

    The Three Skillsets

    In the upholstery industry there are three defined stages with three separate skillsets, which will be undertaken by different people. These are cutting, sewing and the ‘upholstery’. It’s not until you work for yourself, that you need to master all three of these disciplines and yet people still don’t give them equal respect and attention. To become successful, you need to understand and be able to conquer all three of these areas. That’s why we are not only going to cover each of these in great detail, but also we are going to take it one step further and show you not only how to make the furniture but also how to sell it.

    How to use the course

    Really this is up to you but here are a few suggested ways you might want to take advantage of this course:

    Watch it each week and use it to fill in gaps from previous learning or self-tuition

    Pick a project (we will supply suggestions in advance) and use the knowledge gained each week to slowly put the pieces of the jigsaw together until the piece is finished

    Follow along and practice each skill in isolation by using a set of ‘skills boards’ – essentially boards on which you will practice the individual skill. You can use off-cuts of fabric with no pressure to get it right first time and keep additional learning costs down.

    Carry on running an already established business and use the sessions to give you the confidence to know you are ‘doing it right’, banish imposter syndrome and gain confidence.

    Start a completely new chapter in your life without having to compromise on anything else. The accessibility of our course means you can tune in as and when it suits you, building up your skills week by week until you are ready to go for it!

    How is it delivered?

    The course will consist of 5 Modules and each week we will break each of these modules down into a comprehensive step-by-step guide. Each module will run in 8-week blocks (with one or two weeks off every 6 weeks). It will go live each Thursday at 11.00GMT, with the recording following the next day. You will have unlimited access to these recordings for the duration of the entire course. Each week Anthony Devine will dive into the modules, explaining the how, why, when and what! He will combine easy to understand theory with live demonstrations, giving you the understanding and allowing you to build your confidence slowly each week, so that by the end of the course, you will be able to tackle a whole range or upholstery projects confidently and not only that, but value your skill and your time and make a profitable business.

    You will have access to an exclusive Facebook group so you can share your journey and questions as you progress. Upon successful completion you will be awarded our Upholstery Skills certificate.

    Why train with Ministry of Upholstery?

    Over the last 18 months we have grown our online offering from 15-minute classroom sessions, introduced during lockdown, to a full 25 week foundation certificate. We have seen the success of these students and now have a proven formula of delivering concise, clear and easy to follow online tutorials, which then get sent out as recordings. The benefit of this is that the learning is live and personal and relevant to your needs, but also accessible as and when you need it. Our fully equipped recording studio has state of the art equipment to allow us to show our teaching from up to 5 different angles and we are now ready to use all of our tried and tested methods in order to give you the skills to tackle any upholstery project with confidence.

    Module 1 – Frames | Foam | Prepping

    • Getting to know your frame, differentiating your inside arm from your spring rail, the inside back from the outside back.
    • Understanding foam and the different densities, thicknesses, firmness and when and where to use them – let’s bust that jargon and break it down so it’s easy to understand and most importantly, manageable from a cost and storage point of view.
    • Where to source foam and how to buy it, when is it better to buy cut to size versus cutting it yourself?
    • How should I attach foam? Should I staple? Should I glue? Or should I do both?
    • The different foam stapling techniques and where they apply
    • How to troubleshoot foam-related issues such as it popping off
    • Rules surrounding re-using old foam
    • FAQs

    Module 2 – Cutting | Tailoring

    • Understanding a fabric roll, what to look out for, discovering and reporting flaws
    • Marking out on fabric, what to use and how
    • Fabric measuring; working out how much you need for a job
    • Which way should fabric run
    • Should you pattern match
    • Understanding fabric pattern repeats and implications of different sizes of repeats
    • What is the Martindale test and how is it relevant to my fabric choice
    • Understanding suitability of fabrics
    • How do I care for my fabric
    • Which fabrics are more environmentally friendly and what are my options
    • Fire Regulations
    • Talking with fabric reps from fabric companies
    • Dye sublimation printing and how you can use this technology to your advantage
    • Understanding tailoring
    • Making patterns
    • Making pattern matching patterns
    • Prepping fabric for being sewn, including seam allowances and notch cuts
    • Cutting fabric for fluting
    • Cutting fabric in the correct direction
    • Cutting fabric for pattern matching
    • FAQs

    Module 3 – Sewing

    • Setting up and using your sewing machine
    • Setting up your sewing area
    • Confidence with your sewing machine
    • Choosing the correct thread/ needles/ zip/ piping cord
    • Choosing the right feet, what you need and don’t need and where to source them
    • Having the correct chair
    • Basics of sewing
    • Understanding piping
    • Understanding a pattern matched border with piping
    • Scatter cushion
    • Window seat
    • Bolster
    • Square buttoning
    • Invisible square buttoning
    • Piping
    • Fluting
    • Tub chair inside back

    Module 4 – Upholstery

    This module will take everything you have learnt so far, in order to be in a great place to produce top quality pieces with confidence. You’ve mastered all other disciplines you’re now ready to upholster.

    • Choosing the correct tools
    • Choosing and sourcing the right fabric
    • Staple guns
    • Compressors
    • Latest products
    • Webbing options, what are they and where should they be used
    • What other options are there to webbing
    • Spring variations and options
    • Profile roll, where and which thickness
    • Lining cloth options and where to use them
    • Working with backtack, where and how to use it
    • Working with ply grip, where and how to use it
    • Nail strip
    • Slip stitching
    • Van dyking
    • Perfect corners
    • How to prep and fill a cushion the right way
    • Cuts – Y cut and V cut
    • Understanding angles around legs and rails

    Module 5 – Business

    • Routes to market
    • Online platforms versus shops
    • Upholstery versus re-upholstery
    • Sale or return policy
    • Customer complaints
    • Putting quotes together
    • Job Costing
    • Deposits
    • Managing both the practical and the business without burning out
    • Lead times
    • Managing your time effectively
    • Managing customers’ expectations
    • How much information should I give my customer
    • Pros and cons of bespoke service

    Course Dates

    This course will run as follows

    Module 1

    8th September 2022                       6th October 2022

    15th September 2022                               13th October 2022

    22nd September 2022                                20th October 2022

    29th September 2022                               3rd November 2022

    Module 2

    10th November 2022                                17th November 2022

    24th November 2022                                1st December 2022

    8th December 2022                        15th December 2022

    12th January 2023                         19th January 2023

    Module 3

    26th January 2023                         2nd February 2023

    9th February 2023                         16th February 2023

    2nd March 2023                                       9th March 2023

    16th March 2023                                      23rd March 2023

    Module 4

    20th April 2023                                        27th April 2023

    4th May 2023                                           11th May 2023

    18th May 2023                                         25th May 2023

    15th June 2023                                         22nd June 2023

    Module 5

    29th June 2023                                         6th July 2023

    13th July 2023                                          20th July 2023

    27th July 2023

     

    WHAT IS THE MINISTRY CERTIFICATE?

    Established in 2012, Ministry of Upholstery are now world renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftsmanship of relevant, industry- based upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded our Upholstery Skills Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the leading upholstery school in the UK.

    Payment

    Each of the five module costs £125 payable in advance. You can sign up for the entire course or pick and choose which modules you feel will benefit you. If you sign up for Module 1, you will automatically be invited to sign up for Module 2 part way through Module 1 and so on.

    Booking from inside the UK

    You are invited to sign up now by selecting and paying for any or all of the modules.

    Booking from outside the UK

    This course is open to all and if you wish to sign up from outside the UK, simply email office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk, stating which modules you’d like to sign up for and we will send you an invoice via email.

    SPECIAL OFFER

    If you sign up to any module before the end of June, you will also receive 3 x FREE 20-minute 1-2-1 coaching sessions. These can be used for advice and motivation, for help on a specific project or to reinforce a specific subject matter.

    £125.00 per module
  • bring-your-own-sewing
    bring-your-own-sewing
    £75.00

    Bring Your Own Upholstery Sewing Day

    , , £75.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 10.00-4.00
    Duration: 1 day
    Includes: All basic sewing materials, such as thread, zips and piping. Does not include seat cushions, cushion inners or fabric.

    At Ministry of Upholstery we are equipped with a large range of state-of-the-art industrial sewing machines and a dedicated full-time sewing tutor with over 40 years’ experience! You can now benefit from this by attending one of our sewing days. They are available to take on almost all weekdays of the year and allow you to tackle whatever suits your needs. These sessions are aimed at those with a particular sewing project in mind, such as sewing new covers for your Ercol cushions. If you want to master a certain skill such as making scatter cushions or perfecting your box cushions, then you could choose to attend one of our Sewing Techniques Days.

    These sewing days are ideal if:

    • your sofa cushions need new covers
    • you have a campervan and the cushions could do with a new lease of life
    • you want to improve your upholstery sewing ability
    • you own an Ercol and want to re-cover the cushions

    Our Bring Your Own sewing days are perfect for those wanting to breathe new life into old furniture at the drop of a hat and at little cost! You bring the old piece, whether that be cushions, seat pads, campervan cushions etc and we will guide you step-by-step through the process of making new covers! You can book one day or multiple days and sewing days are available to take on any weekday you choose!

    Booking

    Simply choose the week from the dropdown menu and when you book, use the ’notes’ section to advise which day or days you would like to book. We may have availability on other days, which are not listed here and to check this please email us on office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk or if you prefer to speak to us, then please call our office on 0161 222 4243 and we’ll be happy to help.

    A note about our workshop and facilities

    The sewing area is part of a larger upholstery workshop. We have 9 industrial sewing machines in total: 3 lockstitch sewing machines, 4 walking feet, an overlocker and a twin needle. The sewing area is manned by a dedicated sewing teacher and the teacher’s time is split equally between all students. The number of students will vary from day-to-day but will never exceed the amount of machines. The tutoring is given on an individual basis and not in groups.

    £75.00
  • design-your-own-fabric
    design-your-own-fabric
    £180.00

    Design Your Own Fabric

    , , , £180.00
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    Times: 11.00-4.00
    Duration: 2 days
    Includes: All materials, your design to take away on a USB and a 50cm x 50cm fabric panel

    During this two-day course you will learn how to create your own unique print, starting from where and how to source and use inspiration. Once creativity is sparked and the juices are flowing, you will translate your ideas onto paper, playing with basic shapes and mark-making. Don’t worry you don’t have to be a competent artist and there is no pressure. This part will be fun and fluid (and there’s always some tracing paper on hand).

    Your drawings will then be photographed and, using Photoshop Elements, you will learn how to edit and clean your design and how to apply filters to change the appearance and colours. You will be guided through the benefits of layers and finish your design by creating a seamless repeat. Finally, you will learn how to prepare your file for printing and you will finish day two by watching your design come to life, as you get an opportunity to print your unique design onto a panel of fabric. The skills and methods learnt can be applied to many different designs, starting points and outcomes.

    Day 1

    •  Gather design inspiration/ ideas
    • Hand paint/draw the elements of your design
    • How to photo images & import to Photoshop Elements
    • Basic file housekeeping (file sizes/naming/saving etc)
    • Photoshop Elements overview (Tools)
    • How to rescale and clean-up images
    • Creating a seamless pattern

    Day 2

    • Explore filters
    • Add layers/colours
    • Explore different colourway options (time permitting)
    • Prepare file for printing
    • Print fabric design onto paper and heat press onto fabric
    £180.00
  • weekend-footstool
    weekend-footstool
    £195.00

    Weekend Deep Buttoned Footstool Course

    , , £195.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 11.00-5.00
    Duration: 2 days Sat & Sun
    Includes: Everything you need to make the footstool except 1 metre of fabric and fire retardant interliner if required

    This is the weekend version of our highly sought after deep buttoned footstool. This is a 2 day deep buttoning masterclass. Starting day one with a brand new frame and choice of legs, you will kick off by painting or waxing your legs to match your chosen fabric. After attaching your foam you will then be introduced to the world of deep buttoning. We will show you how to work out the maths behind the placement of buttons but on this introductory course we will have done all of this for you. Working to a template provided by us (think sewing pattern), you will mark out your fabric for the buttoning process to commence. You will then get to make your very own buttons. Then it’s on with the buttoning, pleating and corners. Finally your bottom cover and legs. You will walk away with your completed stool, a load of transferable skills and a real sense of achievement about what you have achieved in just two days.

    The approx. finished upholstered size of the stool will be:
    Width: 48cm
    Length: 61cm

    This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some basic experience, who want to add deep buttoning their repertoire. It serves as an excellent introduction to the tools and materials used and as a perfect taster if you’re thinking about one of our longer courses. It’s also ideal if you just want an awesome one-off stool for your home at a fraction of the cost of buying one!

     

     

    £195.00
  • online-course
    online-course
    £185.00
    £185.00
  • richmond
    £595.00

    The Richmond Chair

    , £595.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 6 days on any weekdays, subject to availability
    Includes: Everything you need to make the chair except 7 metres of fabric and fire retardant interliner if required
    Cost: £595

    We absolutely love this chair! It’s a beautiful classic shape and can be upholstered to suit this style. It is also a great canvas for the more adventurous out there, who fancy throwing some bold colours or patterns its way. It can be tackled in different ways to suit your tastes and covers a whole range of modern upholstery skills. As with all of our courses it is suitable for total beginners and those wanting to expand their skills. We will always start with a course with a full staple gun induction and if you complete the chair with a box or back cushion, we will include a full sewing machine introduction too. We provide the frame, which will be ready and waiting for you and lovingly made by our expert frame-making team. You’ll benefit from professional tuition by our skilled teaching team, who come with over 120 years of experience between them, so even if you’ve never lifted a staple gun before, we guarantee you will be thrilled with the end product.

    The dripping Union Jack chair pictured was upholstered by our Creative Director Anthony Devine for a show. The chair with the birds on the side was upholstered by previous student Katie McNeill as part of her course.

    This course is available to book for any 6 weekdays and runs from 9.00-4.00. Please select the week you would like from the dates available and we will book that week and the following Monday.

    Availability

    Due to recent changes, it is possible that you could start this course as soon as 10 days from the point of booking! To check our next available dates please call us on 0161 222 4243 or email us on enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk

    All of our daytime courses are flexible, which means that they can be taken on any weekdays to suit you and spread over one or even several weeks. If you wish to spread the course over more than two weeks, then please do contact us via phone or email to discuss availability. If dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have those dates available, it is always worth giving us a shout.

    Please note that the 6 days is the average completion time for this course but we do not guarantee that you will finish in 6 days as everyone works at different speeds. Deep buttoning the back will probably add one extra day.  If you do need an extra day these are chargeable at £85/ day.

    £595.00
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    £450.00

    Sidecar

    , £450.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 4 days on any weekdays, subject to availability
    Includes: Everything you need to make the chair except 4 metres of fabric and fire retardant interliner if required
    Cost: £450

    If you love the classic design of a cocktail chair but need to fill a slightly bigger space, then you need the Sidecar in your life! Designed by our Creative Director Anthony Devine, this piece is bound to be a talking point in your home. Keep the fabric plain and the piece classic or be bold and make it a statement, either way you will receive a masterclass in modern upholstery tuition. You will start day one with full staple gun induction, ensuring you feel comfortable and ready to tackle your project. You will then be furnished with a brand-new frame, made by our team of expert frame-makers. Our teachers will then guide you step-by-step through each element until your Sidecar is ready to take home and enjoy. Throughout the course you will learn how to web, hessian and foam your project. You will be introduced to a variety of modern upholstery methods including making piping, potential buttoning, applying backtack and plygrip. You will also be able to use our large range of paints and waxes to finish your legs to match your chosen fabric.

    This course is available to book on any 4 weekdays and runs from 9.00-4.00. Please select the week you would like to commence the course from the dropdown box and we will be in touch to finalise which 4 day suit you best.

    Availability

    Due to recent changes, it is possible that you could start this course as soon as 10 days from the point of booking! To check our next available dates please call us on 0161 222 4243 or email us on enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk

    All of our daytime courses are flexible, which means that they can be taken on any weekdays to suit you and spread over one or even several weeks. If you wish to take all your dates in one week, then please select that week from the dropdown box. If, however, you wish to spread the course over more than one week, then please do contact us via phone or email to discuss availability. If dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have those dates available, it is always worth giving us a shout.

    Please note that 4 days is the average completion time for this course but we do not guarantee that you will finish in 4 days as everyone works at different speeds. If you do need an extra day these are chargeable at £85/ day.

    £450.00
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    £255.00£1,500.00

    Bring Your Own Project

    , £255.00£1,500.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 3, 5, 7 or 10 days on any weekdays
    Includes: Everything except project, fabric, fire retardant Calico if required, replacement seat cushions if needed

    Do you have your own project that you’d like to tackle? Perhaps it’s a chair that’s the perfect size but the wrong fabric, maybe it’s a sentimental piece that you want to keep but it just doesn’t fit in or perhaps it’s a sofa that quite frankly has seen better days and needs a complete overhaul! Whatever it is that you already have, we have a course to suit.

    Our Bring Your Own Course is now available to book for 3, 5, 7 or 10 days, dependant on the size of your project. Don’t worry if you don’t finish in your allotted time, you can always tag on extra days if you need them. How ever many days you go for, you’ll receive the same intensive but light-hearted tuition in modern upholstery. We will teach you how to completely strip your project. We will introduce you to the tools and materials used in the upholstery world, covering a full introduction to the pneumatic staple gun and how to use it safely. Once you feel confident, we will then talk you through your options for re-upholstery and you will then receive step-by-step tuition on how to re-upholster your piece to desired specification.

    This course is aimed at anyone who has a piece they would like to re-upholster. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never even seen a staple gun before, let alone handled one. Equally, if you’ve already got some experience and are looking to build on it. Whether you want to start a new hobby, just simply tackle a one-off piece or tick something off your bucket list, we are here to help!

    People work at different speeds and come with different levels of experience but we would advise to book as follows. If you are in any doubt, then please send us a photo of your piece to office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk and we can offer our expert guidance.

    3 Days

    • Footstool
    • Headboard
    • Dining Chairs (set of 4)
    • Italian style chair
    • Louis style chair
    • Ottoman

    5 Days

    • Small wingback armchair
    • Small Chaise Longue
    • Nursing chair
    • Fireside Chair

    7 Days

    • Large Wingback Chair
    • Armchair (not Chesterfield)
    • Love Seat
    • Some Simple Two Seaters

    10 Days

    • Sofa
    • Chesterfield Sofa
    • Chesterfield Armchair

    You can of course plan to bring more than one project, which is absolutely fine. Please bear in mind that if you wish to do this, that we operate a one-in-one-out policy.

    If you have any queries about the suitability of your project, then please email us a picture to enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

    Availability

    Due to recent changes, it is possible that you could start this course as soon as 10 days from the point of booking! To check our next available dates please call us on 0161 222 4243 or email us on enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk

    This course is available to book on any weekdays. Availability dependant and runs from 9.00 -4.00. Please select the week you would like to take the course from the dropdown box. If you are booking for the 5 day we will book you for all the days that week. If you are booking the 3 day we will contact you to see which 3 days you’d like. If you are booking the 7 day we will book you for the 5 days of the week you have chosen plus the Monday and Tuesday of the following week. If you are booking the 10 day we will book you for the week you have chosen and the following week.

    All of our daytime courses are flexible, which means that they can be taken on any weekdays to suit you and spread over one or even several weeks. If you wish to spread the course over more than one week, then please contact us via phone or email to discuss availability. If your preferred dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have those dates available, it is always worth giving us a shout to discuss, especially if you are flexible.

    If you do not finish your project within your course you are able to add on extra days at a cost of £85/ day but please bear in mind that you may not be able to book in straight away due to the fully booked nature of the course.

    £255.00£1,500.00
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    £765.00

    Love Seat

    , £765.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 8 days on any weekdays, subject to availability
    Includes: Everything you need to make the chair except 8 metres of fabric and fire retardant interliner if required

    Ok, so you need to fill a space and a chair is too small and a sofa is too big, what’s the answer? This course is the answer! Our Love Seat is that perfect size. Imagine curling up on this; fire on, brew (or wine!) in hand – perfection. Also imagine the sense of satisfaction knowing that you made it from scratch. We provide the frame, which will be ready and waiting for you and lovingly made by our expert frame-making team. You’ll benefit from professional tuition by our skilled teaching team, who come with over 120 years of experience between them. As with all our courses, this course is totally suitable for beginners or those with some experience. It covers a whole range of skills; from applying webbing, hessian, cutting and applying foam, how and why we use Dacron, measuring, cutting and applying fabric, button-making and deep-buttoning (optional), forming pleats and finishing touches. We highly recommend this course!

    This course is available to book on any 8 weekdays and runs from 9.00-4.00. Please select the week you would like to commence the course from the dropdown box and we will be in touch to finalise your dates.

    Availability

    Due to recent changes, it is possible that you could start this course as soon as 10 days from the point of booking! To check our next available dates please call us on 0161 222 4243 or email us on enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk

    All of our daytime courses are flexible, which means that they can be taken on any weekdays to suit you and spread over one or even several weeks. If you wish to take all your dates in one week, then please select that week from the dropdown box. If, however, you wish to spread the course over more than one week, then please do contact us via phone or email to discuss availability. If dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have those dates available, it is always worth giving us a shout.

    Please note that 8 days is the average completion time for this course but we do not guarantee that you will finish in 8 days as everyone works at different speeds. If you do need an extra day these are chargeable at £85/ day.

    £765.00
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    Weekend Footstool

    , , £185.00£195.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 11.00-5.00
    Duration: 2 days Sat & Sun
    Includes: Everything you need to make the footstool except 1 metre of fabric

    If you’re not sure whether upholstery is for you and want to try your hand at something new or if you just fancy getting creative and making an amazing project, then our weekend course is perfect! Designed as an introduction to the craft, you will start with a solid hardwood frame, made by our expert frame-making team. You will learn about the tools and materials used as well as covering lots of techniques from webbing, applying hessian and wadding, cutting fabric, corners and shallow buttoning. You will also have a choice of paints and waxes to finish your legs to match your fabric. This course is led by our Creative Director Anthony Devine, who can regularly be seen strutting his stuff on several TV programmes!

    We keep the class size small to ensure that you get the most out of it and at the end of the two days you will be able to take your footstool home to show off your new-found skills. Keep it and admire your handiwork or, alternatively you could always sell it to pay for your next course because trust us, you will be addicted!

    You have an option of two sizes when making the footstool, the small which is perfect for smaller spaces and perfectly foot sized. Or if you wish to go large, then our large footstool makes that bit more of an impact! Either way you only need one metre of fabric. The approx. finished upholstered size of the stools is as follows:

    Small:
    Height: 27cm
    Depth: 37.5cm
    Length: 50.5cm

    Large
    Height: 28.5cm
    Depth: 50cm
    Length: 73cm

    £185.00£195.00
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    #stofa Course

    , £265.00
    5 out of 5
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    Times: 9.00-4.00
    Duration: 2 days
    Includes: Everything except fabric, a guide will be sent in the booking confirmation

    Want to create something different? Not quite a sofa, better than a stool; this unique frame was designed by our Creative Director; Anthony Devine for BBC’s Money for Nothing and quickly nicknamed the #stofa! It became so popular with our regular students, that we introduced it as a one-day course and it has fast become one of our firm favourites due to the creative nature of the design and the variety of different ways it can be approached!

    You will start the course by customising your legs to match your fabric choice, from a range of paints and waxes provided by us. You will then be taken through a thorough health & safety induction, during which you will be introduced to the pneumatic staple gun and shown how to safely operate it. After you are up to speed it is on with the upholstery. You will require no previous experience as our tutors will guide you, step by step, through the exact process Anthony used to make the TV ‘Stofa’!

    You will learn a lot of techniques, from webbing, applying hessian, working with foam, cutting and applying fabric and, depending on how you choose to upholster it, some basic sewing! It is a very creative course as it can be upholstered in lots of different ways and using different methods and skills. Please have a look at the pictures to see how other students have approached the design for some inspiration. Full guidance on fabric will be sent in the booking confirmation.

    The #stofa measures approx.:

    • 1 metre 17cm in length
    • 50cm wide
    • 37cm in height

    Availability

    This course is available to book on any two weekdays and runs from 9.00-4.00. Please select the week you would like from the dropdown box and specify your chosen dates in the notes. If your chosen dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have that date available, it is always worth giving us a shout.

    £265.00
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    Business Foundation Certificate

    , £1575.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 15 days
    Cost: £1575 divided into 3 payments of £525

    Are you inspired by fabric, pattern and design?

    Do you want a full or part time career involving upholstery?

    Do you want to focus your skillset to suit smaller, designer-led, accent pieces of furniture?

    Do you want to attend a course, which has the flexibility to fit around other work or family commitments?

    Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

    At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality.

    Why choose the Business Foundation Certificate?

    Our Business Foundation Certificate course has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. It has been carefully constructed to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business in a relatively short period of time, by focusing on a smaller core set of products. These items can be bold, on-trend and more flamboyant and allow you to choose brighter, patterned fabrics. The beauty of this course is:

    • The projects are small, so a kitchen table can provide sufficient working space.
    • The focus is on a core set of skills, which will be mastered during this course and refined quickly through repetition.
    • These skills can be easily transferred from one project to another. For example: deep buttoning can be transferred from a footstool to a headboard and vice versa.
    • You will reduce your set-up costs by concentrating your efforts around a smaller set of products and…
    • In turn, this will maximise your profits.

    Course Outline

    This 15 day course is taught at our fully equipped, state of the art Manchester workshop and has been carefully structured so that you will cover a concise range of skills concentrated around a select few pieces of upholstery. The skills are transferable so actually, the range of projects which can tackled after this course are vast.

    Designed for absolute beginners or those wishing to turn their hobby into a business, this course takes the student through a structured programme of practical work including a dining chair pad, different styles of footstools, varying styles of headboards, an occasional cocktail chair and an opportunity to tackle your choice of project at the end! To support the practical skills we also offer a range of theory sessions, which can be attended via live Zoom sessions or accessed as recordings.

    Day 1 – The Induction Day

    The first day on all our Certificate courses is an induction day. This takes place away from the workshop and with other students, who are all embarking on the same course. The induction is led by the founders of Ministry of Upholstery, who will spend time getting to know you and ensure you feel totally at ease with the Ministry, the team and how everything works. After a tour of the facilities and a thorough look at the content of your course, we will give you a full health & safety induction. This will introduce you to our pneumatic staple guns and tools. You will spend time mastering how to use the staple gun, so that you feel at ease and comfortable before any upholstery begins.  We will finish this day with a Q&A session.

    The Practical Side

    Once you are up to speed and feel confident after your induction day, you will be provided with a drop-in dining seat pad frame and our expert upholstery teachers will guide you step-by-step through each process until you complete the task. With this basic introduction under your belt, you will move onto our contemporary stool, expanding on the basic prepping skills and introducing you to piping, borders and other modern upholstery materials. After this you will complete the first of two headboards. This can be a single or double (you choose) and will introduce you to borders. You will create a sleek modern headboard with loads of transferable skills. Next up is a large deep buttoned footstool. This is a meaty module, covering loads of skills. We have also incorporated Van Dyking into this module; the method of joining two pieces of fabric together, hidden in the pleats of deep buttoning. It allows you to work on bigger items and keep the pile or pattern running the correct way. The must-have technique in any upholsterer’s toolbox; think headboards and bench seating. After this you are onto the second of our headboards which features a more modern take on buttoning, the square buttoning technique. Then it’s our gorgeous statement cocktail chair, which combines the best of modern and traditional techniques and incorporates a fluted back; yet another transferable skill for your arsenal. Finally, time-permitting, you may have the opportunity to work on something of your choosing. This could be something you provide yourself or a frame you buy through us. We’d recommend something like an upholstered dining chair, but of course the choice is yours.

    Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached in modern upholstery skills and using modern upholstery materials. This makes for a course which is more accessible, the skills are easier to master and therefore you can be up and running with your new business in no time. 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 at home.

    Course Content at a glance

    Module 1Drop in seat – all materials included
    Module 2Small Contemporary Stool – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 3Single (90cm x 90cm) or Double Headboard (135cm x 90cm) with a border – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 4Deep Buttoned Footstool with van dyking – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 5Single (90cm x 90cm) or Double Headboard (135cm x 90cm) with square buttoning – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 6Cocktail Chair with Fluted back – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 7Free Learning – materials supplied except any specialist foam, you must supply (or you can buy through us at extra cost) frames and fabric

     

    Practical Techniques

    • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
    • Sewing machine induction
    • Shallow buttoning
    • Deep buttoning
    • Square buttoning
    • Borders
    • Cutting and applying foam
    • Fluting
    • Pleating
    • Tool selection
    • Piping with and without sewing
    • Applying ply grip
    • Applying backtack strip
    • Close nail studding
    • Sewing
    • Webbing
    • Prepping
    • Use of machinery
    • Van dyking
    • Creating a sprung seat
    • Creating mitred edges

    Theory Sessions

    In addition to the practical side of the course we have also selected some core theory sessions, designed to give you the knowledge to maximise your new business. These are:

    • Fire Regulations
    • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors and tools
    • Fabric Knowledge
    • Job Costing
    • Introduction to Sewing Machines
    • Fabric Measuring
    • Setting up a business
    • Plus more

    These theory sessions can be attended live via Zoom or accessed as recordings through a student login.

    You will also be granted access to our exclusive Facebook group just for students and graduates of Ministry of Upholstery.

    What’s Included?

    All frames are included in the cost of Modules 1-6 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 how to use a sewing machine, led by our expert sewing tutor. The pieces that you make are all yours to keep. If you sell these, you can expect to recoup around £1500, i.e. the cost of the course! We also sell kits for all products, so once your friends and family start to ask you to make for them, you can hit the ground running and start your business! If you don’t have the tools and space to get you going, don’t worry, we have 3 equipped self-contained workshops (or Pods), which we rent out on day rates to students. It’s as simple as:

    Learn the skills          Buy the Kit            Rent the Pod or use your own space           Make the product          Start the business!

    What is the Ministry Certificate?

    Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Foundation Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

    If you are looking for a course which is more in depth and covers larger projects, then why not consider our Business Certificate. If you are not able to come to us in Manchester to study, then why not consider our Business Foundation Certificate Online.

    Availability and Booking
    After the initial induction day, which you must select from the dropdown box above, 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 select to attend on any weekdays to suit your schedule; meaning you can even do this course on a day/ week basis if this suits you. 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 must complete the course as it is entirely flexible.

    Booking is simple, to book a place you just need to select your start date from the dropdown box. This day is an induction day carried out in small groups of new starters. It involves a full briefing of every element of your course and life at the Ministry, a staple gun and health and safety induction, a tour and fire regulations session. This first day will be a shorter day, starting at 10.30 and finishing approximately 3.00pm, group size dependent.

    Once you have booked your first day, we will then contact you to book the rest of your time. If you wish to check or discuss availability before booking, then please email us on office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk or call us on 0161 222 4243.

    *Please note that we have a maximum class size of 8 per teacher 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 three smaller, more manageable instalments.

    Upon booking your first week, which you can do online, you are required to pay the first instalment of £525. Before you attend your 6th day you are required to pay the next instalment of £525. The same again before you attend your 11th day. 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!

    £1575.00
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    Business Foundation Certificate Online

    , , £1350.00
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    Times: Live at 10.30-12.30 on Wednesdays but self-paced
    Cost: £1350 divided into deposit of £250 upon booking and four payments of £275 (please read more info below)
    Commencing: September 2022

    Are you inspired by fabric, pattern and design?

    Do you want a full or part-time career involving upholstery?

    Do you want to focus your skillset to suit smaller, designer-led, accent pieces of furniture?

    Do you want to attend a course from home?

    Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

    At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality. This unique online certificate gives you the opportunity to be trained professionally by the UK’s leading industry upholstery school, without having to come to us in Manchester. Our teaching at Ministry of Upholstery is rooted in the industry utilising modern techniques, which are completely accessible.

    How is it delivered?

    The unique Business Foundation Certificate is delivered online via weekly live Zoom sessions from our studio space. We use up to five different camera angles, when broadcasting our sessions, meaning you will always be able to see every staple and cut up close and in detail. You study at home in your own time and submit photo/ video evidence of your projects for evaluation and feedback. We will help you get set up with full support and tool and machinery packages tailored to your needs. We will support you to prepare for your course with sessions covering fabric and setting up your space. All the included materials will be sent to you in advance of the course. You will have access to one hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition included in the cost of the course, to take as and when you need it and access to an exclusive Facebook group. Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Business Foundation Certificate.

    Why choose the Business Foundation Certificate?

    Our Business Foundation Certificate course has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. It has been carefully constructed to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business in a relatively short period of time, by focusing on a smaller core set of products. These items can be bold, on-trend and more flamboyant and allow you to choose brighter, patterned fabrics. The beauty of this course is:

    • The projects are small, so a kitchen table can provide sufficient working space.
    • The focus is on a core set of skills, which will be mastered during this course and refined quickly through repetition.
    • These skills can be easily transferred from one project to another. For example: deep buttoning can be transferred from a footstool to a headboard and vice versa.
    • You will reduce your set-up costs by concentrating your efforts around a smaller set of products and…
    • In turn, this will maximise your profits.

    Course Outline

    This course is taught completely online and has been carefully structured so that you will cover a concise range of skills concentrated around a select few pieces of upholstery. The skills are transferable so actually, the range of projects which can tackled after this course are vast.

    Designed for absolute beginners or those wishing to turn their hobby into a business, this course takes the student through a structured programme of practical work starting with a dining chair pad, covering different styles of footstools, on-trend headboards and sewing skills to support the upholstery. In addition to the practical skills, we include a range of theory sessions, which can be attended via live Zoom sessions or accessed as recordings.

    The Course Details

    The course is broken down into the following 16 practical sessions. Each of these is explained and demonstrated on a weekly basis via live Zoom sessions. These take place between 10.30 and 12.30 on the day specified in the dropdown box but don’t worry, you don’t need to join live. We will send you a recording afterwards and you will then have two weeks in order to complete that element of the module. You will then submit photos for the tutor to evaluate and feedback your progress.

    Session 1:  Introduction Session during which you will get an opportunity to introduce yourself and get to know your tutor Anthony Devine. This will be followed by a health & safety session to ensure you feel comfortable with your staple guns, compressors and tools.

    Session 2: Module 1 – Drop in Seat

    Session 3: Module 2 – Contemporary Stool Preparation

    Session 4: Module 2 – Contemporary Stool Upholstery

    Session 5: Module 3 – Deep Buttoned Footstool Prep

    Session 6: Module 3 – Deep Buttoning Theory

    Session 7: Module 3 – Deep Buttoned Footstool Upholstery

    Session 8: Module 4 – Single Headboard with Border Prep

    Session 9: Module 4 – Single Headboard with Border Upholstery

    Session 10: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Prep

    Session 11: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Sewing

    Session 12: Module 5 – Double Headboard with Square Buttoning Upholstery

    Session 13: Module 6 – Piped Window Seat Cutting and Prep

    Session 14: Module 6 – Piped Window Seat Sewing

    Session 15: Module 7 – Van Dyking Theory

    Session 16: Module 7 – Van Dyking Practical Sewing

    Pre-course Sessions

    Before your course commences, we will provide three live Zoom sessions covering the following information. These typically take place in the evening in the two months before your course commences:

    Tools & Machinery Requirements – we have established relationships with suppliers to offer you packages at very favourable rates, which will include all or some of the tools and machinery required to complete the course and set up your business. This session will address compressors, staple guns and sewing machines.

    Fabric  – during this session we will talk through each module and our fabric recommendations, including where to source fabrics and discounts available through us.

    Shopping List – we include lots of materials in the cost of the course but there are a few items which you will need to source yourself. In this session we will provide your shopping list and information and where to source the items which will include wood for the two headboards.

    What you will need to undertake the course

    To be able to undertake this course you will need to invest in some tools and machinery. We will cover all of this in depth during your first pre-course Zoom session. We offer packages at discounted rates including some or all of the components required. You will need:

    • A domestic sewing machine
    • A compressor capable of powering a pneumatic staple gun
    • A 71 series staple gun
    • Airline
    • Toolbox of hand tools

    Theory Sessions

    In addition to the practical side of the course, you will have access to all the following theory sessions, designed to give you the knowledge to maximise your new business.

    • Fire Regulations
    • Workshop set up at home
    • Fabric Knowledge
    • Job Costing
    • Fabric Measuring
    • Setting up a business
    • Deep Buttoning

    These theory sessions can be attended live via Zoom or accessed as recordings.

    You will also be granted access to our exclusive Facebook group just for students and graduates of Ministry of Upholstery.

    In addition, we will provide one hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition to be taken as and when you need it. This will be delivered via Zoom at a mutually convenient time.

    What’s Included?

    • All frames are included in the cost of Modules 1-3 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. All materials are also included for Modules 4 and 5. These will be sent to you in advance of the relevant module.
    • One hours’ worth of one-on-one tuition, which can be taken as and when you require it.
    • Access to our exclusive Facebook group.
    • Free access to many theory sessions.

    What is the Ministry Certificate?

    Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Foundation Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

    Payment
    TThe course costs £1350, £250 of which is a deposit, payable upon booking the course. The remaining £1100 is then split into 4 payments of £275, each payable on the first of the month commencing one month before your start date. Alternatively you can pay for the whole course up front.

    £1350.00
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    Evening Business Foundation Certificate

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    Times: 6.00-9.00 one evening per week (see dates below)
    Duration: 25 evenings
    Cost: £1395, deposit of £395 payable upon booking followed by four equal payments of £250

    Are you inspired by fabric, pattern and design?

    Do you want a full or part time career involving upholstery?

    Do you want to focus your skillset to suit smaller, designer-led, accent pieces of furniture?

    Do you want to attend a course, which has the flexibility to fit around other work or family commitments?

    Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

    At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality.

    Why choose the Business Foundation Certificate?

    Our Business Foundation Certificate course has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. It has been carefully constructed to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business in a relatively short period of time, by focusing on a smaller core set of products. These items can be bold, on-trend and more flamboyant and allow you to choose brighter, patterned fabrics. The beauty of this course is:

    • The projects are small, so a kitchen table can provide sufficient working space.
    • The focus is on a core set of skills, which will be mastered during this course and refined quickly through repetition.
    • These skills can be easily transferred from one project to another. For example: deep buttoning can be transferred from a footstool to a headboard and vice versa.
    • You will reduce your set-up costs by concentrating your efforts around a smaller set of products and…
    • In turn, this will maximise your profits.

    Course Outline

    This evening version of our unique course is taught at our fully equipped, state of the art Manchester workshop and has been carefully structured so that you will cover a concise range of skills concentrated around select pieces of upholstery. The skills are transferable so the range of projects which can tackled after this course are vast.

    Designed for absolute beginners or those wishing to turn their hobby into a business, this course takes the student through a structured programme of practical work including a dining chair pad, modern style footstool, deep buttoned footstool, headboard and a cocktail chair. To support the practical skills, we also offer a range of theory sessions, which can be attended via live Zoom sessions or accessed as recordings.

    The Practical Side

    Evening one will be your induction to the rest of the course and will consist of a health and safety induction and introduction to the pneumatic staple gun. Once you are up to speed and feel confident, you will be provided with a drop-in dining seat pad frame and our expert upholstery teacher will guide you step-by-step through each process until you complete the task. With this basic introduction under your belt, you will move onto our contemporary stool, expanding on the basic prepping skills and introducing you to piping, borders and other modern upholstery materials. After this you will complete a sleek modern bordered headboard with loads of transferable skills. Next up is a deep buttoned footstool. This is a meaty module, covering loads of skills. We have also incorporated Van Dyking into this module; the method of joining two pieces of fabric together, hidden in the pleats of deep buttoning. It allows you to work on bigger items and keep the pile or pattern running the correct way. The must-have technique in any upholsterer’s toolbox; think headboards and bench seating. Then finally it’s our gorgeous statement cocktail chair, which combines the best of modern and traditional techniques and yet another transferable skill for your arsenal.

    Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached in modern upholstery skills and using modern upholstery materials. This makes for a course which is more accessible, the skills are easier to master and therefore you can be up and running with your new business in no time. 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 at home.

    Course Content at a glance

    Module 1Drop in seat – all materials included
    Module 2Small Contemporary Stool – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 3Single (90cm x 90cm) headboard with a border – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 4Deep Buttoned Footstool with van dyking – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
    Module 5Cocktail Chair – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric

     

    Practical Techniques

    • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
    • Sewing machine induction
    • Shallow buttoning
    • Deep buttoning
    • Square buttoning
    • Borders
    • Cutting and applying foam
    • Fluting
    • Pleating
    • Tool selection
    • Piping with and without sewing
    • Applying ply grip
    • Applying backtack strip
    • Close nail studding
    • Sewing
    • Webbing
    • Prepping
    • Use of machinery
    • Van dyking
    • Creating a sprung seat
    • Creating mitred edges

    Theory Sessions

    In addition to the practical side of the course we have also selected some core theory sessions, designed to give you the knowledge to maximise your new business.

    • Fire Regulations
    • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors and tools
    • Fabric Knowledge
    • Job Costing
    • Fabric Measuring
    • Setting up a business
    • Deep buttoning
    • Plus more

    These theory sessions can be attended live via Zoom or accessed as recordings at a time convenient for yourself.

    What’s Included?

    All frames are 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. The pieces that you make are all yours to keep. If you sell these, you can expect to recoup over £1000! We also sell kits for all products, so once your friends and family start to ask you to make for them, you can hit the ground running and start your business! If you don’t have the tools and space to get you going, don’t worry, we have 3 equipped self-contained workshops (or Pods), which we rent out on day rates to students. It’s as simple as:

    Learn the skills          Buy the Kit            Rent the Pod or use your own space           Make the product          Start the business!

    What is the Ministry Certificate?

    Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Foundation Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

    Availability and Booking
    The course is being offered as an evening course and will run between 6.00pm and 9.00pm over 25 evenings are follows:

    • 7th September 2022
    • 14th September 2022
    • 21st September 2022
    • 28th September 2022
    • 5th October 2022
    • 12th October 2022
    • 19th October 2022
    • 2nd November 2022
    • 9th November 2022
    • 16th November 2022
    • 23rd November 2022
    • 30th November 2022
    • 7th December 2022
    • 14th December 2022
    • 11th January 2023
    • 18th January 2023
    • 25th January 2023
    • 1st February 2023
    • 8th February 2023
    • 15th February 2023
    • 1st March 2023
    • 8th March 2023
    • 15th March 2023
    • 22nd March 2023
    • 29th March 2023

    Places are limited to 8.

    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 five smaller, more manageable instalments.

    Upon booking, you are required to pay the first instalment of £395. The remaining £1000 will then be split into four payments of £250 and you will be invoiced for these on the 1st of August, 1st of September, 1st October and 1st of November.
    When you sign up to this course you commit to attend every week. Any missed weeks cannot be made up on any other evening though additional time can be bought in the daytime, should it be required.

    £1395.00
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    Business Certificate in Modern Upholstery

    , £3360.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 40 days
    Cost: £3360 divided into 4 payments of £840

    Do you want a full or part time career involving upholstery?

    Do you want to be able to tackle a large range of upholstery projects?

    Do you want to attend a course, which has the flexibility to fit around other work or family commitments?

    Then why not study with the UK’s leading modern upholstery school!

    Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

    At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality.

    Why choose the Business Certificate?

    Our Business Certificate in Modern Upholstery has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. We have designed our unique 40 day course to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business by learning the comprehensive skills required to tackle a large range of upholstery projects. Not only do we teach you the practical skills but we this course also includes free access to a large range of support sessions in order to provide you with the skills to run a successful business.

    Course Outline

    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 different styles of 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 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 is an important part of the course, which allows you to start to think about your own style and the focus your business will take.

    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 Business Certificate, which you can display on your social media or website to show people that you have trained professionally.

    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.

    Day 1 – The Induction Day

    The first day on all our Certificate courses is an induction day. This takes place away from the workshop and with other students, who are all embarking on the same course. The induction is led by the founders of Ministry of Upholstery, who will spend time getting to know you and ensure you feel totally at ease with the Ministry, the team and how everything works. After a tour of the facilities and a thorough look at the content of your course, we will give you a full health & safety induction. This will introduce you to our pneumatic staple guns and tools. You will spend time mastering how to use the staple gun, so that you feel at ease and comfortable before any upholstery begins.  We will finish this day with a Q&A session.

    The Practical Side

    We work to a set programme to ensure that you complete all key skills within our skills matrix.  Throughout your course, you will complete the following practical projects, all of which are included in your course:

    Module 1Drop in seat dining pad – all materials included
    Module 2Small shallow buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
    Module 3Large deep buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
    Module 4Wingback chair with cap on arm, scroll wing and a box cushion – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
    Module 5Richmond chair focussing on pattern match – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
    Module 6Cocktail chair using traditional methods – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
    Module 7Free Learning – you will supply frames and fabric. All materials, except specialist foam, will be included
    Module 8Pod Time – you will supply frames and fabric. All materials are chargeable. We estimate the cost of this to be between £40 and £60.

     

    What’s Included?

    All frames for modules 1 – 6 are 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. 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 as we estimate the market value around £4000!

    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
    • Pleating
    • Tool selection
    • Stripping
    • Piping
    • Arms
    • Seats
    • Applying ply grip
    • Applying backtack strip
    • Slip stitching
    • Close nail studding
    • Sprung seats
    • Sewing
    • Webbing
    • Cutting
    • Measuring fabric and fabric guide
    • Use of machinery

    Theory Sessions

    As part of your course you will be given free access to a range of theory sessions, designed to support your practical learning and covering less hands-on side of running an upholstery business.

    • Fire Regulations
    • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors
    • Fabric Knowledge
    • Job Costing
    • Introduction to Sewing Machines
    • Fabric Measuring
    • Setting up a business
    • Deep buttoning

    Some sessions are offered in-person in the workshop and some are offered via Zoom. The Zoom sessions can be attended live or accessed as recordings through a student login.

    What is the Ministry Certificate?

    Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Business Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained professionally with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

    If you are looking for a course which focuses on smaller projects, then why not consider our Foundation Certificate in Modern Upholstery

    Availability and Booking
    After the initial induction day, which you must select from the dropdown box above, 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 select to attend on any weekdays to suit your schedule; meaning you can even do this course on a day/ week basis if this suits you. 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 just need to select your start date from the dropdown box. This day is an induction day carried out in small groups of new starters. This first day will be a shorter day, starting at 10.30 and finishing approximately 3.00pm, group size dependent.

    Once you have booked your first day, we will then contact you to book the rest of your time. If you wish to check or discuss availability before booking, then please email us on office@ministryofupholstery.co.uk or call us on 0161 222 4243.

    *Please note that we have a maximum class size of 8 per teacher 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 £840. Before you attend your 6th day you are required to pay the next instalment of £840. 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!

    £3360.00
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    Find a Ministry of Upholstery Course Near You

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    The classic footstool course is a one-day extravaganza combining painting techniques with upholstery, perfect for beginners. You will start the day with a solid hardwood frame and throughout the day you will follow the step by step guidance of the workshop leader, learning all about the tools and materials used, as well as covering lots of techniques from webbing, applying Hessian and wadding, cutting fabric and corners. You will also be introduced basic painting techniques and have an opportunity to choose from a wide range of colours to paint your legs to match your fabric choice! At the end of the day’s course you will be able to take your footstool home to show off your new-found skills!

    The course includes everything you need to make your stool, you just need to supply one metre of fabric. All our course providers keep class sizes small so that you benefit from greater one on one teaching and if you then fancy making another footstool for your friend or family member (and trust us, you will be asked!) then kits, containing everything you need to make the stools, will be available to purchase on the day.

    To find a course near you, you can select from the map or you can search via postcode or city. To book simply follow the instructions on the shop page or contact the shop directly.

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    Deep Buttoned Wingback Armchair

    , £760.00
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    Times: 9.00-4.00 weekdays only
    Duration: 8 days on any weekdays, subject to availability
    Includes: Everything you need to make the armchair except 7 metres of fabric and fire retardant interliner if required

    Our latest addition to the armchair range; this wingback chair is an absolute classic with its elegant deep buttoned back. This is a cracking course, which will introduce you to all the basics of upholstery plus some more advanced techniques. You’ll start the course with a brand new frame, manufactured by our team of expert frame-makers. You’ll then learn how to build your dream chair layer by layer, from webbing , hessian, foam, applying your fabric, mastering the deep-buttoning process and all the finishing touches. As with all our courses, you will be coached every step of the way by our expert tutors so don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner to upholstery, we’re confident that you will be taking home a chair that you absolutely love!

    This course is available to book on any 8 weekdays and runs from 9.00 -4.00. Please select the week you would like to commence the course from the dropdown box and we will be in touch to finalise your dates.

    Availability

    Due to recent changes, it is possible that you could start this course as soon as 10 days from the point of booking! To check our next available dates please call us on 0161 222 4243 or email us on enquiries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk

    All of our daytime courses are flexible, which means that they can be taken on any weekdays to suit you and spread over one or even several weeks. If you wish to take all your dates in one week, then please select that week from the dropdown box. If, however, you wish to spread the course over more than one week, then please do contact us via phone or email to discuss availability. If dates do not appear in the dropdown box, it does not necessarily mean that we do not have those dates available, it is always worth giving us a shout.

    Please note that 8 days is the average completion time for this course but we do not guarantee that you will finish in 8 days as everyone works at different speeds. If you do need an extra day these are chargeable at £85/ day.

    £760.00
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