#stofa Course
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#stofa Course


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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

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  • Why not design your own fabric for this course?

    The most common complaint we hear from our students is that they can’t find exciting or different fabric for their project! Or that they aren’t sure whether fabric will be suitable for upholstery.

    So…. why not design your own fabric and have it printed in-house at Ministry of Upholstery? That’s right folks, we have the latest digital printing technology at our Manchester school all ready to print your very own designs and you can now add on a one day course, during which you will create your very own unique fabric design!

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    Course details

    Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
    Duration: 1 Day
    Includes: Ink pour, crash course in Photoshop Elements plus your designs to take away on a USB
    Does not include: Fabric
    Cost: £95

    IMPORANT – You must ensure that your design day is at least one week before your scheduled upholstery course, to enable us to print your fabric in time

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    During this one day design crash-course we are going to 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 conclude the day by formatting your finished design to the size of chosen upholstery project.

    Images show previous student fabric designs and ink pours

    The fabric

    You can choose from three different fabric types, onto which we will print your finished design:

    • ‘Surface Velvet – a matt velvet - £31
    • ‘Rise Velvet’ – a shimmer velvet - £35
    • ‘Touch’ – a linen feel fabric - £31

    All of our fabrics are upholstery grade, superior quality and comply with UK fire regulations. You will be invoiced for your fabric choice separately. When you come back for your upholstery course, your design will be ready and waiting!

    Why choose to design your own fabric?

    • Your project will be unique
    • It will comply with current UK fire regulations
    • It will upholster well
    • You can design it to suit your style
    • It will be easy to work with
    • It will be suitable for upholstery and be durable
    • You can choose from three different fabric types
    • It takes the stress out of fabric buying

    The small print

    IMPORANT – You MUST ensure that your design day is at least one week before your scheduled upholstery course, to enable us to print your fabric.

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

    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 www.bobo1325.com.

    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!


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


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.

Additional Information


16th and 17th Jan, 13th & 14th Feb, 12th & 13th March, 9th & 10th April


  1. 5 out of 5

    Absolutely excellent course. Knew nothing of upholstery and can be a bit dim with materials but had a great time. The stofa itself is very comfortable and is used all the time. Well pleased. Plus there’s good instruction, nice people & loads of tea and biscuits!

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