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Week of Upholstery - 26th to the 30th October

Oct 26, 2020 – Oct 30, 2020

Join me for a week of fun traditional upholstery. A chance to work on your beloved treasure or new purchase and add your unique stamp on it. £250 for the week, or £55 a day. Spaces limited so advise early booking.
To book call Jo or email

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Workshops back running in my quirky workshop, maximum numbers 3 to allow us all 2m space and plenty of room to move around and enjoy this fabulous craft.

Seaton Summer Upholstery

Aug 17, 2020 – Aug 21, 2020

I am running this week of upholstery in this lovely village hall.
Come along with your chair or project and learn the traditional techniques to re-upholster and rejuvenate your project.
A chance to enjoy creating in these small groups for you to explore this craft and socialise safely.
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Ashley Summer Upholstery

Aug 3, 2020 – Aug 7, 2020

Upholstery workshop for all, come along and bring your chair or project. Learn the traditional techniques to re-upholster you chair.
In this beautiful Northamptonshire village, at Ashley village hall LE16 8PL.
£250 for the week or £55 a day.
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My workshops in Uppingham are open, time to enjoy being creative and rejuvenate your project.
Each workshop for 2 people so maximum space for you to move around and upholster your project.
In August additionally running 2 week long courses in Ashley and Seaton village halls. Book for the week or...

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Finished in lockdown - glorious chairs and blinds finished by my excellent students - very proud

In this current Covid situation I have suspended physical courses for the current and near future but I am doing virtual one on one tuition, so please call me if you would like help or advice with your project.
In the next couple of weeks I will be releasing my plan re courses to hopefully comme...

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Special Spring Upholstery Offer

Feb 17, 2020 – Mar 16, 2020

Buy 4 days Upholstery workshop and save £20 - you pay £200. Or buy 3 days Upholstery workshop for £155 a saving of £10. Offer open for all paid bookings up to Monday 16th March 2020 all bookings to include at least one March Upholstery workshop.
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Are you free - £50 a day offer 19th, 20th or 22nd Feb

Feb 19, 2020 – Feb 22, 2020

Bring your chair to my workshop in Uppingham and learn to upholster or come and extend your skills.

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3 weeks ago
Thankyou for a fantastic day, it was great to revisit skills learnt on the first chair and I am so pleased with the shape of the seat that I have created. With all crafts some days certainly give you a sense of achievement. I can definitely say I am so glad I found you and only a short drive away. Traditional skills are so much nicer that the staple gun.
- Rachel L

Workshops and Information

Workshops Autumn 2020 in Uppingham
 The workshops are planned to re-open when the lockdown finishes.....the following dates can be booked and held for you. 

 4th, 5th, 8th FULL, 9th, 11th, 15th FULL, 16th, 17th and 18th

In Local Village Halls

Dates to be confirmed in the near future

Workshops are  bookable by contacting Jo or following the contact button.

Craft and Sewing Workshops

New schedule for these courses to be arranges please contact me to register your interest.

Drum Lampshade,  Box Cushion, Roman Blind,  Simple cushions 

About Jo at no 40

'Jo at no 40' is a workshop on the High Street in Uppingham where you can learn to upholster in the traditional way. 

Specialising in traditional upholstery it is a joy to see how many people have already learned to love this craft and have created fantastic furniture to enjoy.

Over a number of days the courses are designed for you to bring a piece of furniture, be shown how to strip it back to a sound base and then build it back up to  the finished top cover.
You can book in for the days that suit you and gradually work on what your furniture needs.

The courses are fun and you will be working with a mixture of new and experienced upholstery students in small groups of up to 6 people.

You will learn to upholster in the traditional way using tacks, hessian, hair and other traditional methods. Tools can be hired or purchased and all the traditional materials can be purchased from Jo as you need them. The choice of top fabric is yours.

In the last year I have started running other craft courses from roman blinds, cushions, xmas crafts, knitting and other crafts brought in by local artists. This has allowed everyone to learn, enjoy and create other crafts. 

The workshop here in Uppingham is situated on the High Street East, and is in an old red brick Georgian building, with lots of quirky features and a little courtyard to relax in.

Developing this new business to take my lifelong hobbies to share with others has been a joy, and I would love you to share it with me.

Jo Sutton

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  • 07415 767826


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40 High Street East
LE15 9PZ
United Kingdom
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