One to one tuition from Cherry
Caning also taught
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Come alone, or bring a friend

Traditional and Modern Upholstery

Day And Week courses


Beginner – intermediate


Cherry Dobson     author of  ‘The Upholstery Bible’


Lilac Barn at The Willows, Curload, Stoke St Gregory TA3 6JD

 Spring 2018

Tuesdays Jan 9th, 23rd, Feb 27th, March 6th, 20th waiting list

Thursdays Jane 11th, 25th, March 1st, 8th, 22nd waiting list

Fridays Jane 12th, 26th, March 2nd, 9th, 23rd waiting list


£160 per 5 workshops

£40 per single workshop

£40 deposit to secure place

Fee returnable up to 2 weeks prior to course less admin fee £10


10am to 4pm

Students should enrol for either 5 Tuesdays,5 Thursdays or 5 Fridays. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but students should bring their own lunch.

Come and renovate that well loved chair or buy a bargain off ebay, it does not matter what condition it is in. Traditional and modern methods taught with expert tuition.

The range of fabrics available are huge, many on line and why not try a patchwork theme, or create that shabby chic look using vintage fabrics.

Weekly Upholstery Courses

Places available

Dates and Cost 2018  £280 per 5 days inc home cooked lunch, tea and coffee.

January 15th to 19th one place now available

May 14th to 18th

November 5th to 9th

courses booked 6 months in advance 50% of course fee required as deposit

Course fee includes 5 days tuition by Cherry Dobson, home cooked lunches each day, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Fee returnable up to 2 weeks prior to course less admin fee £10


9.30am to 5pm

Self Catering Accommodation available at

    • Walkers Farm Cottages (4 Star) 01823 698229
    • Holly Farm Cottages (4 Star) 01823 490828 also B and B, contact Holly Farm directly
    • Windmill Retreat, Middlezoy TA7 0PD 01823 698831,

 B and B’s, Hotels

  • Trevarrick House North Curry TA3 6LX 01823 491319
  • Brook Farm, North Curry, 01823 491124
  • Frog St Farmhouse, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 481883 Louise and David Farrance
  •   Hatch Beauchamp 07717177006  Keith Hammon
  • Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, 01458 241271
  • Farthings, Hatch Beauchamp 01823 480664
  • Sam Dixon, Stoke St Gregory 01823 690319, Sam will do evening meal if required. not available at the moment

Experience & tools

Tuition is on an individual basis in all courses and students should bring a piece of furniture e.g chair, stool or headboard to the class, whether it be large or small and so long as it fits in your car!

Beginners and Improvers are both welcome at these classes but if you are a beginner it is better to start on a small project rather than a large armchair! Upholstery is addictive so beware!

Students bring anything from an old dilapidated chair to a chaise longue.

What will I learn?

The traditional method of upholstery using springs,hessian, hair taught but also modern techniques using rubberised hair, foam etc.

Cane seating and Rush work are also taught.


All materials  and tools can be purchased at Lilac Barn and some tools are available to borrow.

Signed copies of  The Upholstery Bible available at £16.50

Other Information:

Lilac Barn is an ideal venue with easy access. Numbers are restricted  so no student is kept waiting to see tutor.

Students coming for a week are able to leave project in the barn for the duration of the course.


Cherry Dobson: to enrol or for more information.

Course places can only be reserved with deposit, details on booking form

Cheque or Bank transfer to Cherry Dobson or with Paypal

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