Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop

Upholster your own chair in this practical hands on course

2 x 6.5 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $440 (or 4 payments of $110 Afterpay)

This course offers a wonderful introduction to the practical and traditional craft of upholstery. Experience the delight and satisfaction that creating something by hand brings to your life.

Learn new skills and have some fun during this two-day, bring-your-own-chair upholstery workshop. You will be taught the techniques required to restore a chair of your own during the course and acquire the confidence to tackle new projects on your own.

There will be the opportunity to fix wobbles and other minor repairs on chair frames as well as tuition and guidance on various timber finishes. However please be aware that as the workshop time is limited if timber work is required there will be less time to spend on the upholstery aspect of the restoration.

Tuition is tailored to each individual project, however demonstrations will be given to the group for every technique covered during class: in this way, you will be introduced to a broader set of skills, above and beyond the techniques needed to complete your own project.

When choosing your chair, choose something that has one or two flat planes - a seat and a back – as curves and arms are more complex and take longer to achieve.

Please contact me with an image of your chair (from a few different angles) or if you would like to discuss your chair project.

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
Basic materials for completing your project and use of the necessary tools are supplied.
If your chair needs new stuffings (foams or loose fibre fill or springs), this can be purchased in class. There is also a charge for timber and timber finishes if your chair needs fixing or refinishing
What to bring
The chair that you wish to work on and the top fabric of your choice as well as any braid tape if your project needs it. Please also bring an old blanket to work on, a note book, pencil and some old gardening gloves. BYO lunch and snacks. Tea and coffee making facilities and microwave provided. please bring your own cups and cutlery. Please wear closed shoes.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive days.

Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.

We Us & Stuff has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

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I will disinfect all tools before each class
Groups are kept small - max 6 people
Workshop is well aerated
Gloves are available for students

The Foundations Portland, Williwa Street, Portland NSW; Brand X Tempe Jets music and art space, Tempe NSW and Bowral District Art Society (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

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We Us & Stuff
We Us & Stuff

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Fiona has had a life long intrigue toward the workings behind the objects that populate our everyday lives. This coupled with her creative bent, has led her to turn her maker’s hand to many diverse applications over the years.

Fiona gained her City and Guilds Certificate in traditional upholstery, at the London College of Furniture in 1991. In 2009 Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. Fiona works through the medium of sculpture using reclaimed painted metals.

Through Reign of Chairs, Fiona takes on commissioned upholstery work and teaches upholstery classes in Sydney. As 'We Us and Stuff', Fiona works collaboratively with Steve Thomas of Creek Furniture, presenting Upholstery & Furniture rejuvenation workshops in greater NSW as well as Footstool upholstery 'taster' workshops using beautiful footstool frames, hand from recycled timber.

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Kylie Swain May 2021

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

The Upholstery course was a great experience, this is my second time, I’m picking up more skills and very happy with the result.
Fiona the teacher is helpful and extremely talented,with the help of Steven for the wood work!
The group were friendly and I enjoyed every moment! Will do another class!

Textiles workshop review by Kylie Swain Sydney

Mandy Haddon Mar 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great workshop. Very experienced teacher. I love my chair and the confidence I’ve gained.

Tsen-Hwee Williams Mar 2021

WOW, what an experience! I was so pleased to learn some new techniques in upholstery. It was really interesting to see the variety of chairs brought to the session - also fascinating to see the different methods employed. Would highly recommend this course - I feel that it has given me the confidence to try tackling some upholstery on my own now.

Nicola Oram Nov 2020

Fantastic teachers,
The organisation and equipment was very professional.
Really happy with what we learnt.

Laura Hart Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I really enjoyed this course. Fiona is a great teacher who explaines every step clearly and patiently. She really worked hard to make sure everyone's project stayed on track. The venue was great, with tons of parking, and all the materials, tools and equipment we needed were on hand. It's a small class and the other classmates were fun to be with. I am thrilled with my finished chair.

Textiles workshop review by Laura Hart

Deborah Pitt Nov 2020

Loved this workshop and learned so much. Fiona and Steve were very friendly and helpful. They have enormous knowledge and experience between them. I thoroughly recommend this class and am looking forward to doing another in the near future.

Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop review by Deborah Pitt Sydney

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Blossom Adams Oct 2020

Great teacher, hands on, relaxed and confident, spacious set up, learnt a lot about upholstery and how to be patient! We took my chair to the bare bones, then rebuilt it- very satisfying. I’ve already booked in for two more sessions.

Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop review by Blossom Adams

Liezel Maquiling Oct 2020

Worth every cent spent! Been waiting for this workshop and lucky to have heard of an available spot.
I learned what I wanted to and Fiona is absolutely amazing and an expert upholsterer. Thanks heaps Fiona! ❤

Textiles workshop review by Liezel Maquiling

Nancy Niven Aug 2020

Had such a great first day with a group of lovely people. Fiona was terrific with explaining all aspects of stripping down a chair and carefully demonstrated different methods for different chairs. She was also careful to explain risks and care management to avoid injury. Can’t wait for tomorrow when we start putting it all together

Sharon Bonello Jul 2020

This is an amazing workshop, our teacher has so much knowledge and it is good fun too!
I love it!

Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop review by Sharon Bonello Sydney

Jo-Ann Davidson Jul 2020

Fiona & Steve both very great teachers - very knowledgeable and very very patient. Terrific day & most worthwhile

Martha Birch Jul 2020

Fiona was really knowledgeable and very helpful and looked after us all very well. I learnt a better way to remove chair racks and progressed very quickly. The venue was pretty cold and bleak but adequate with plenty of parking. Tea and coffee were provided too

Lisa Polyblank Jun 2020

What a great weekend. We all had different chairs and skills but Fiona managed us all with ease. Very satisfying to finish our chairs.

Kylie Swain Jun 2020

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

I thought the teacher was helpful, and experienced. The tools and materials were available, Plenty for everyone.
I’ve learned a lot , I absolutely loved the class, I would like to do another one!

Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop review by Kylie Swain

Penny Ewing Mar 2020

Fiona is very knowledgeable and presents well with the wide range of clients in her class. Each project is different as are abilities of the students. She flowed easily around each but involved the rest of the class in various steps, whether they would be required in your project or not. She gave direction carefully and demonstrated the process before the student continued the process but was available to check in when required. Class moved smoothly and the break was appreciated midway. Can't wait to finish next week - and start new project.

Textiles workshop review by Penny Ewing

Mary Caldis Mar 2020

Class is great Fiona as teacher is very helpful and its and the different tool that are available from the one I bought with me. The other materials provided that are needed are of great quality. I enjoyed it.

Peggy Oneto Mar 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and would recommend it. Fiona our teacher is friendly, knowledgeable, patient and has found the right balance between teaching (by giving you demonstrations, handy tips and doing some of the hard work with you) and letting you drive your project at your own pace (allowing you tom learn by trial and error as well). I am looking forward to the second part of the workshop.

Deborah Baker Oct 2019

Small group with lots of help from Fiona. Managed to finish stripping the covers off my chair ready to re-cover and finish next week. Fiona also sourcing bits n bobs needed to finish the job. Plus I had lots of pre class help from Fiona to get started. Had a great day!

Darrianne Donnelly Oct 2019

After purchasing 2 chairs on Ebay that were showing as black and white Zebra print in the photo however, when they arrived they were dark brown very old and not what I was expecting. I purchased black and white fabric to recover them and did my research via Google and ClassBento were offering a Two Day Upholstery Course. You could do two consecutive Saturday's or two consecutive days, we chose the later. We had to have 3+ people for the individual class so I rang some friends and they agreed to participate. We found the Tempe Jet's Sports Club and immediately on meeting Fiona our teacher we felt that we had come to the right place. Fiona's teaching technique was informative and easy to understand for us novice upholsterer's. Two days in a row was tiring (I am not kidding but I want to be honest) as there were hundreds of staples to remove from my particular chair as it was a very old chair. The process of stripping back your chair and removing all the old foam and strapping and then making your chair come to life is an exhilarating experience and at every step Fiona was extremely helpful and assisted everyone at some stage during the 2 days.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire process and as I have done one chair now I have the second chair to attack however, this time I will know exactly what to do and for that I say a huge 'Thank-you Fiona'.

Textiles workshop review by Darrianne Donnelly

Amelia Wong Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I've been looking into learning upholstery and Fiona's class completely surpassed my expectations.

A generous, fun and knowledgable teacher, Fiona helps you take a project from start to finish in just two days. The class covers all the major skills required to grasp the fundamentals of upholstery and gives you the confidence to carry on practising the skills that you've learnt on your next project.

The class was great value for money, run in a convenient location and most of the tools and materials that you'll need are available in class. All you need to bring is a scruffy chair to transform and your choice of fabric. I was really pleased with the final product and my cat loves her new stylishly upholstered throne.

Textiles workshop review by Amelia Wong

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