For me, traditional upholstery started as a part time course, a hobby, in 2012 with a brilliant tutor in Worcestershire.
After 3 years I decided to do a professional qualification under the same tutor, Level 2, AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers). My workshop is tucked away down a quiet, pretty back lane in Ross on Wye where I strip down vintage and antique chairs and reupholster using traditional materials and methods. I also make beech framed deep buttoned footstools.
As a vegetarian I do not work in leather or hide and prefer organic linens, cotton velvets, vintage grain sacks and hessians. I am especially interested in working within parameters which are acceptable to vegans and welcome all enquiries.
There are excellent alternatives to animal hair and all pieces, whether reupholstered or brand new, comply with current fire regulations.
I have regular stalls at some of the big collectors fairs in the south west. I also make and sell fabric covered buttons, cushion covers, single and double piping and bunting.