Upholstery Stage 1 Diploma

Tutor : 

Stephen Franklin

 Stage 1, there are now  vacancies for 2020/21.
This course runs for ten months,  consisting of three workshop days each month.
Maximum number of 6 students per course.

The course will include visits  to Stately Homes, lectures from outside agencies and opportunities to fabric suppliers.

Bookings now being taken.....


Upholstery Stage 1 Diploma



  • Drop-in seat both modern & traditional materials*

  • Stitched and stuffed chair

  • Sprung dining chair

  • Sprung arm exercise*

  • Box Cushion with piping and zip

  • Bolster End with piping

  • Upholstered and lined box with decorative detail and deep-buttoned lid

  • Portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress

  • Written Research Project: Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage

*Upholstery supplies included in course fee for this piece.
 Highlighted are the assessment pieces

Stage 1 Diploma

Franklin upholstery tables

All ready for work

Franklin upholstery drop in

Making a drop in seat

Franklin upholstery drill

Make sure that drill is vertical

Franklin upholstery holes

Is the spacing correct?

Franklin upholstery buttoned top

How many buttons?

Franklin upholstery buttoned box

Finished box

Dates for this year's course 

12th,13th,14th October 2020

2nd, 3rd, 4th November 2020

7th, 8th, 9th December 2020

4th, 5th, 6th January 2021

1st, 2nd, 3rd February 2021

1st, 2nd, 3rd March 2021


5th, 6th, 7th April 2021


3rd, 4th, 5th May 2021


7th, 8th, 9th June 2021


5th, 6th, 7th July 2021