I held the second of my all day Workshops on Friday 5th February, at Eridge village hall, on the Kent / East Sussex border. I think everyone will agree that it was a very productive day.  We had a number of large projects that are now very near to completion, and others that we made a good start on.

I hope everyone came away inspired after seeing what the other students were working on.

The next all day Workshop will be on Friday 29th April 2016 – book now to confirm your place.

Bookings are also now being taking for my weekly summer term classes, which commence week beginning 18th April 2016.

The first term of my upholstery classes went well at Eridge Village Hall, with many students completing their first projects.

I also held the first Workshop Day in December which proved very popular, so I will be putting more of these on. The next one is scheduled for Friday 5th February and is filling up fast.

The hall is lovely venue, in the countryside with good facilities and parking outside.

Below are some of the students completed projects:

Eridge Chairs 016          students work 017

books for sale 001                    students work 009

students chairs 001                    students work 021


I still have a few places left on my Thursday afternoon session, 12.30 to 2.30pm, starting in January, and one place left on the Tues evening session 7.30 to 9.30pm.


I have just put on an Upholstery Workshop Day at Eridge Village Hall, for Friday 4th December 2015. It will run from 10am until 4pm and will be for all abilities. It will be the perfect chance to either come for a taster session and see what upholstery is all about.  To finish off an uncompleted project or get stuck into a new one.

The cost of the day is £40.  FULL

To book, email me at contact@carolineranceupholstery.co.uk or call me on 01892 668270

From September 2015 I will running upholstery classes from Eridge Village Hall, which is just off the A26 between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough.

Having taught upholstery  at Kent Adult Education for a couple of years, I now aim to run small, friendly classes for like-minded people of all abilities, in a relaxed environment without all the paper work !

Beginners classes will be aimed at those who are new to upholstery or those who have done a little in the past and would like to refresh their knowledge of the basics. I will be giving short demonstrations each week on all the basics: tools of the trade, tacks and materials, webbing , stuffing, knots and stitches, cuts and folds. You will then be able to spend time working on your own personal projects under my guidance

Mixed Ability classes will be for anyone.  You will be able to spend the whole time working on your own personal projects under my guidance.

You will be able to purchase all the upholstery materials that you need (except top fabric) at the course and there will be some tools available to use.

Thursday Mornings 10am to 12pm: – Beginners

Thursday Afternoons 12.30pm to 2.30pm – Mixed Ability

Tuesday Evenings 7.30pm to 9.30pm – Mixed Ability

I also intend to run day long Upholstery Workshops once every other month.  These will be on a Friday subject to demand and hall availability.  Watch this space for upcoming dates.

For more details of dates, prices and how to book, go to my website: http://www.carolineranceupholstery.co.uk or call me on 01892 668270.


Week 10 023I reupholstered these two chairs plus a third similar chair, just before Christmas.  Really pleased with the way they turned out in this William Morris ‘Thistle’ fabric, in black and linen.

Stuck for ideas for a different Xmas present ?

How about a voucher for a days tuition – those that receive the voucher as a gift can then choose either to come learn how to make a roman blind, curtains or the basics of upholstery.

Courses run from 10am until 3pm, on week days during term time.

Cost £95 for a days tuition (lunch and refreshments included)

Vouchers will be valid for a year.



I’ve been so busy over the last six months that I haven’t had time to post any of my work on my blog.  I’ve finally got a spare moment to show you my latest project.  This buttoned back chair had been in the client’s family for a long time and needed some TLC as the sprung seat was falling out the base.



I re-webbed the seat, re-sprung it and re-stuffed it.  With new fabric and trim, and shallow buttoning (like it was before) I was really pleased with the end result – it definitely now has a lease of new life !

I have been asked by St Michael’s Hospice to take part in a demo day / mini workshop at The Bell in Ticehurst, on Wed 8th May.

It’s a free event and the day aims to inspire people to up-cycle pre-loved and vintage pieces, through various crafts.  There will be a variety of local artisans there to demonstrate their crafts and give you lots of ideas.

I will be demonstrating the art upholstery throughout the day and would be delighted to talk to anyone interested in what I do, and about the courses I run.

So do come along to Ticehurst between 10am and 3pm.  I look forward to meeting some of you !


Finished chaise

Finished chaise

This beautiful chaise had belonged to it’s owners grandmother and had great sentimental value.      When  I stripped it we found it was riddled with wordworm, which was live.  It had got to the stage where it was causing the wood to disintegrate and therefore one of legs had come off.Woodworm can be treated with a special spray, and indeed must be treated, otherwise it will continue and can spread to other pieces of furniture.

I re-webbed the base of the chaise and covered it.  Made a large piped box cushion to go on top, and a bolster cushion.  The end was re-webbed and padded and then covered and trimmed with braid.

It has now been transformed with this smart checked fabric and hopefully been saved from further deterioration.





‘   I must admit this is a project that I was rather reluctant to take on, as I’d heard ‘egg’ chairs are difficult to reupholster.  However a friend of mine had been badgering me for a while to   have  a go at recovering it.   The chairs are made of polystyrene with a small square base being the only place to attach the material to.  The dog had had a good chew on one of the arms, so it needed repairing too.

I patched the arm with a bit of polystyrene from a local craft shop, and had a new foam seat made up.  The most challenging part was getting the concave shape right.  When making the cushion for the back of the chair, I found I needed to make the front of the cushion smaller than the back, to get in to curve nicely.

Anyway I’m pretty pleaseed with the end result.  Another friend had seen the chair in it’s original state and had commented that she didn’t think it was worth saving, however even she admitted it looked great now that it had been updated!