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1 YEAR SOFT FURNISHING DIPLOMA TAKING APPLICATIONS NOW FOR JANUARY 2024- Price on request     please email if you wish to reserve a place for 2024   

*Our new Soft Furnishing Diploma has proved very popular and we are pleased to offer a new start date for January 2024 ! * 

1 YEAR SOFT FURNISHING DIPLOMA COURSE Accredited 1 day per week course: price - on request  

Suitable for beginners or those with some background in soft furnishing, textiles or upholstery and those with an interest in the field, this course provides an invaluable pathway into a soft furnishings career. 
Students will be taught by a qualified tutor recognised for excellence in teaching, and who is also a practising soft furnisher. We also have another City & Guilds qualified tutor who is available to nurture you through this new on trend course. During your time with us you will cover a number of practical assignments building a portfolio of full scale projects, samples and notes that will form the course work required. 
Practical and theoretical assignments on lined and interlined curtains, blinds, cushions, lampshades and loose covers and track systems are covered and students are encouraged to build a comprehensive technical notebook which will equip them with the confidence to then work independently after the course is completed. 
This course also provides an opportunity for students to develop individual creativity within furnishings and develop an understanding of a wide range of fabrics and their possible uses. 
Students will be advised on current legislation for soft furnishings relating to products and will also be given instruction on business set up. 
By the end of the course students will have successfully produced the following work for assessment: 
A pair of full length interlined curtains with a hand stitched heading 
A roman blind 
A decorative scatter cushion 
A bolster cushion 
A piped/topstitched box cushion 
A lampshade  
A loose cover for a dining chair 
A portfolio of extensive notes and samples 
The course runs from September 19th or 20th 2023 on a Tuesday or Wednesday one day a week. Please get in touch for more information, prices and an application form 
This course provides high quality teaching to students who are complete beginners through to those wishing to hone their skills and add to their portfolio. A relaxed environment allowing you to learn at a realistic pace with step by step directions and all the guidance you need to succeed.  
This exciting new course is already proving popular and we can only offer a limited amount of spaces for each day. This is to allow each student their own large (2 metres X 1.65 metres) cutting table each to work comfortably.  
During the year we will have visits from companies who offer trade accounts once you are qualified and we also visit the amazing showroom of Silent Gliss, the high end track providers.  
Our large workroom is equipped with everything needed to create beautiful soft furnishing artefacts and we can help you build on your tools and equipment if you are looking to start a business.  
Interested students should contact Maggi Loughran at info@maggiloughran.com for more information where the course will be explained in detail 
Introducing our new Soft Furnishing Evening Leisure Class  
Running on a Wednesday evening, come along to work on any soft furnishing project you have. Great for those who want to make curtains for the home or as a commission with plenty of cutting space for each student and all the equipment to hand. The course will be run termly (12 weeks)but do contact us even if the term has begun. We start at 5.30pm and finish at 8.30pm  
A great introduction to soft furnishing if you are a beginner, a great space to work if you have experience  
Your tutor will be Maggi who has been working and teaching in the soft furnishing arena for over 35 years  
Places are limited to allow space for students to work 
Advice on the best kind of fabrics for your project, support with all the equipment and you can work at your own pace 
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