My partner gave me a gift voucher for Christmas to start an upholstery course that I had been meaning to do for a long time. This turned out to be a brilliant gift and in January I joined a class of upholsterers of differing levels in Birmingham run
by Garry, a true professional and a very patient teacher.
Coming from someone who had been office bound for years and not knowing one end of a wood chisel from the other I set out to restore an antique 1890 chair which in itself is a daunting thing
to do particularly as every week the poor old chair looked more miserable each time I set to work on it removing tacks, nails etc.
Garry gave me the reassurance and confidence to believe that it would be alright in the end and when I finally got to
the stage of polishing the beautiful wood and realising that it will be lovely when it is completed I feel proud that I have come so far in such a short time.
I have collected many books over the years on the subject of upholstery but I can say from
my experience at the class that the hands-on approach teaches things that you can never pick up just from reading it in a book.
Well worth the experience and I look forward to the next project when this one is completed.