Design | Print | Upholster
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Design | Print | Upholster



Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 3 days
Includes: Ink pour, design day, piece of furniture, all materials, fabric,  plus your designs to take away on a USB
Cost: £395

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Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 3 days
Includes: Ink pour, design day, piece of furniture, all materials, fabric,  plus your designs to take away on a USB
Cost: £395

Design | Print | Upholster
You’re reading this because you want to try something different and at Ministry of Upholstery we love to challenge you to think outside the box. This course will give you the confidence and ability to not only create your own fabric design, but to also upholster a showstopper!

Day 1
We are going to give you a design crash course and show you how to create a pattern called  ‘reflect and repeat’, which will hopefully inspire you to believe that you don’t have to be a great illustrator or painter to design; you just have to have imagination, vision and a love to experiment.

The first part of the workshop will be all about getting messy and creating an ink pour. It’s a fool proof way of creating a stunning piece of art, from which you can then start your first design.

The second part of the workshop will be computer based. Here we will introduce you to Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is the world’s best imaging and graphic design software and is the go-to tool for every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. Our tutor will introduce you to the basics and how to create a canvas. As a starting point you will use your ink pour and, working as a group, will use Photoshop Elements to experiment with this to create your unique fabric; opening your mind to the world of pattern design.

You’ll then be encouraged to incorporate elements from your own photos, which you will send ahead of the course. These can be photos of your child, your pet, landscapes, your own sketches, doodles or artwork. You’ll be shown how to import, manipulate and layer your images. The rest of your time will be spent freestyling your way to a finished design; experimenting and developing your Photoshop skills at the same time as honing your finished designs.

You will finish day one by formatting your finished design to the size of chosen upholstery project.

Days 2 & 3
You’ll start day 2 by seeing your brand-new design as an actual real-life fabric, which is as exciting as it sounds! We print onto a beautifully soft upholstery-grade matt velvet.

You will now start your upholstery masterclass. For this part of the course, we are offering two different options for upholstery. All of these are brand new solid frames.

You choose

Classic and perfect – a 75cm x 50cm footstool, an ideal canvas for your design and a perfect pop for any room


The design of this curved bench is crying out for the bold and the brave. Perfect for the end of the bed or to brighten up any hallway

The upholstery skills will vary from piece to piece, but all will include a staple gun induction and serve as an excellent introduction to the craft of upholstery. Each piece will involve the building up from new frame, layer by layer.

A word about our design tutor..
For this course we have teamed up with the mighty design powerhouse that is Beth Travers from Bobo1325. Beth’s designs have seen her reap praise from the industry. She is distinctive, eye-catching and not to be missed. You can view Beth’s work via her website

Surface pattern encompasses so many design disciplines from graphic illustration, fine art and photography to textile design. We believe in pushing the boundaries and utilising these concepts to create unique designs, because…why not? There are so many types of pattern and aspects of design.

All of Bobo1325’s designs are constructed from illustrations, textures, mixed media and photography. It takes the designs to the next level, they become a journey of discovery rather than a flat pretty design. It’s a story. After all anything is possible in this digital age!

The small print
All artwork and rights are owned by you; the maker and will be available to take away on a USB.

Please choose your design day from the dropdown menu above. We will contact you to choose your weekday upholstery days or if you want to check availability beforehand please drop us a line to You can choose to attend days 2 & 3 on any weekdays, availability dependant.


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