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Save £20 on 4 days Upholstery, or £10 on 3 days

May 22, 2019 – May 31, 2019

May Special Offer, save £20 when you buy 4 days of upholstery workshops and only pay £200. Or if you fancy 3 days you save £10 and only pay £155.
You can buy these as a gift or a treat for yourself.

The days can be taken at any of my workshop dates in Uppingham. Come along, relax and enjoy som...

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Spring and Summer 2019 Dates

Apr 8, 2019 – Apr 15, 2019

Spring and Summer dates - book now and enjoy relaxing and rewarding days renovating your chairs.
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Cane work course with Brian Garrard

Mar 30, 2019 – Mar 30, 2019

Cane work in Uppingham, come and learn with Brian this ancient craft and work through on your chair. Just a few places left.
£70 for the day, you are treated to tea coffee and cake and can explore the treats of the town of Uppingham.

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Fabulous work Janet - and great fabric selection and matching - last few stitches and arms to complete this excellent piece

FULLY BOOKED - Summer Upholstery Course

Aug 5, 2019 – Aug 9, 2019

Summer Upholstery Course - August 5th to 9th 2019

Come and enjoy a full week of traditional bespoke upholstery with Jo Sutton at Ashley village hall, LE16 8HG.
For beginners and those wanting to enjoy more time upholstering.
Using the craft of upholstery and traditional techniques, tools and mat...

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Ever fancied coming to learn more about traditional upholstery?

Come and join me to learn traditional upholstery skills in my workshop, set in the historic town of Uppingham. Bring your chair or stool and learn in these relaxed and fun sessions in small groups. The days start at 9.30am and finis...

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Traditional Upholstery and related Craft Courses, bespoke courses designed around your project and in small groups of up to six people.

  • Traditional Upholstery courses, one day 9.30am to 4.00pm with Jo Sutton

    In this beautiful and historic town of Uppingham, come and join me for a day or more to develop and understand the traditional craft of Upholstery You will work on your chair and I will talk you through what you need to do throughout the day. You will see and understand your chair, its many layers and history and then build your skills in upholstery, reupholstering your chair using your own flair, creativity and imagination. I run these courses with up to 6 people so you get plenty of my time to guide and lead your practice. There is also time to meet other like minded people who have come to these sessions with a cherished piece or a desire to learn more, take time out or explore a new hobby. We break for tea, coffee and cake in the mornings and stop for lunch when you can explore Uppingham or rest here. During the day you can borrow or purchase tools and materials to make up your chair from me. For your top fabric do purchase ahead of the course.I look forward to your call.

Workshops and Information

Workshops Autumn 2019

Sept  4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 18th & 20th

Oct  9th, 11th, 12th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Nov  6th, 8th, 9th, 20th & 22nd

Dec  4th, 6th, 7th, 11th & 13th

Workshops are £55 a day and bookable by contacting Jo or following the contact button.

About us

'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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