Upholster a Traditional Kidney Shape Stool - Masterclass (short course)

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Why study this course?

This masterclass is an excellent next step for those who already know how to upholster a traditional stuff and stitched straight edge. By the end of this short course, you will have constructed a traditionally upholstered kidney shaped stool that you can take home with you.

Upholster a Traditional Kidney Shape Stool

More about this course

This course is taught through a series of master classes after which students will create a stuff and stitched edge 'well seat' that flows with the frame lines of a kidney shaped stool, using both concaved and convex curves. You'll produce a traditionally upholstered kidney shaped stool that you can take away with you at the end of the three-day masterclass. The course provides an opportunity for you to further develop the skills and techniques used in traditional upholstery.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those with some prior experience with traditional upholstery and who wish to develop their skills in knowing what is meant by the proper disposition of materials placed on the foundation of webs.

Course structure

You'll learn techniques such as:

  • webbing
  • stuffing
  • stitching the seat pad into shape
  • forming a well seat
  • tensioning fabrics
  • finishing details

This course includes a series of short master classes followed by you creating a kidney shaped stool completed with your own choice of fabric. Tuition will be by a variety of teaching methods including demonstration and instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. It is important to note that the course is practical requiring a degree of manual dexterity and you'll need to participate fully to get the most out of the course.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • advanced your skills in the use of the double pointed needle and the regulator
  • learnt how to form a given shape using traditional upholstery techniques and materials
  • created a soft area, known as a well seat, of stuffing by making a well surrounded by a roll edge using coir fibre and hair
  • learnt how stitch and manipulate materials using basic hand tools and needles and how to follow fine contours of a given frame
  • learnt how to hand stitch a well seat using traditional stitching methods

Course dates

Course dates Summer 2019 dates not currently available
Length Three days
Day and time Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours  15


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

In addition to the course fee there may be additional charges for materials. The cost of materials depends on the scale of the project.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.