From 10AM TO 4.30PM 
Limited spaces available please book early to avoid disappointment  
A leisure class run over 12 FRIDAYS offering your the opportunity to learn the skills of upholstery on your own project piece. No two seaters please! A social and vibrant space where students can observe peers on different projects  
All tools and equipment are provided and students can purchase fillings and top covers for their projects should you wish 

Students may bring a project of their choice which can be stored here at your own risk.    


AMUSF UPHOLSTERY STAGE 2 or 3 16th SEPT 2021 - THURSDAYS FULL  Please email admin@maggiloughran.com for more details  

Our accredited Upholstery courses are delivered over an academic year following the Hertfordshire school’s timetable 
There are 3 stages of the Diploma each course has 210 to accomplish the projects. These comprise of both traditional methods and modern approaches to upholstery. Suitable for students with little or no experience our fourth generation upholsterer Matthew Gates will guide you from the tools through to the finished article imparting his knowledge and using his long standing experience to ensure you reach a high standard of work 
Covering a number of projects, each course enables students to extend on a portfolio of experience and knowledge that they can continue to build upon 
Accomplished students could go on to start their own businesses or work with established upholstery trades 
Upholstery Stage 1 Diploma 
During Stage 1 you will develop your practical skills, gaining knowledge and experience in the manipulation of a variety of materials and processes, within the context of a series of individual set exercises and/or assessment projects. 
• Drop-in seat both modern & traditional materials 
• Stitched and stuffed chair 
• Sprung arm exercise 
• Box Cushion with piping and zip 
• Bolster End with piping 
Portfolio containing notes and details of your work in progress 
• Written Research Project: Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage 
• Sprung dining chair 
• Scatter Cushion* 
• Upholstered and lined box with deep-buttoned lid* 
* One of these projects must include some decorative details or fabric manipulation. 
Upholstery Stage 2 Diploma 
Stage two approaches more advanced pieces increasing your skills and understanding and building on your technical notebooks 
• T-Shaped Cushion with piping and zips 
• Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars 
• Independent sprung edge for a cushion seat (exercise) 
• Portfolio containing notes and details of your work in progress 
• Written Research Project: History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials use. 
• Armless chair with traditionally upholstered seat and back 
• Post 1950s Armchair upholstered using modern materials & methods 
Upholstery Stage 3 Diploma 
The final stage - Stage 3 takes you into the assessed pieces from the off with a traditional style of armchair and also produce a modern upholstery piece with shape and curve. Students will be working on similar chairs, but all will be unique in their progression and students gain more knowledge from conferring with peers 
• Substantial Traditional Armchair of advanced techniques, which should include at least two of the following elements: the fitting of caps and collars, scroll arms or stitched-up edges to arms, sprung arms, coil sprung seats, independent sprung edges, deep buttoning, fluting or an iron framed chair. 
• Modern Chair with a concave inside back incorporating tailored fitting and top stitching i.e. Egg style or shell frame 
• Business Studies - the requirements for setting up a small business 
• Written Research Project: 20th Century Furniture Design – an overview of the styles, periods and iconic designers of the 20th Century. 
Please note - Bold written items are assessment pieces that will be marked and graded by an independent External Verifier from the AMUSF 
We are delighted to announce that the The Worshipful Company of Upholders Charity are now able to offer the Bob Fowlds Memorial Scholarship which provides funds for the young and financially disadvantaged adults who wish to study for a professional AMUSF qualification in Upholstery. The scholarship could cover up to 50% of the cost of one stage of the AMUSF qualifications.  
More information on the Scholarship can be found HERE but please contact the School if you wish to take this further 


Potten End, easily accessible from London, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Dunstable, Luton, Aylesbury and surrounding areas. 
Our new day or evening leisure Upholstery course continues in October taught by Matthew Gates on a Thursday and Tony Moore on a Friday and is an opportunity to discover the skills and processes of upholstery. A beginner or with some experience its a great space to work in with an onhand outstanding qualified tutor. Students may choose to work on a modern or traditional piece of furniture and can purchase materials for the project along the way. This traditional craft is addictive and so we have set up a set of 10 classes running consecutively so that should you wish to continue seamlessly you can. 
Bring your own chair, sorry no two or three seaters, tools and equipment provided and also available to buy 
Course content will include: 
Guided use of equipment including Health & Safety procedures 
Direction on individual projects 
Step by step tuition from a 4th generation upholsterer the immeasurable Matthew Gates  
On hand to help with the use of domestic or industrial machines 
Advice on fabrics, trends and cutting plans 
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