Learning the Trade

Content for our members wishing to learn the trade or continue with their lifelong learning


The British School of Upholstered Furniture
Unit 2A Manor Farm, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DA
07803 096380

Gregory Cupitt-Jones
Cottage Upholstery
Unit 6, Manor Farm, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon. RG9 5DA
01491 642167

Philip Wellesley-Davies
The Upholstery Workshop, Mayridge Farm, Englefield Est, Theale, Reading. RG7 5JT
07970 848 534

Thomas Clough
Thomas Clough Upholstery
4a Church Street, Knighton, Powys. LD7 1AG
01547 529998
07964 023841
Facebook: Thomas Clough Upholstery

Liz Marks
The Traditional Upholstery Workshop

The Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers Ltd. (AMUSF Ltd.)
The Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road’ Saunderton, Buckinghamshire. HP14 4BF
01494 569120

Wendy Shorter
Wendy Shorter Interiors Ltd
Coursers Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath, Herts. AL4 0PG

Hereford & Ludlow College
Soft Furnishings Only
Hereford Campus, Folly Lane, Hereford. HR1 1LS
0800 032 1986
01432 352235


Many of you will know that David James is a prolific author of upholstery-related books and I am pleased to list many of these below. The list includes a number of useful – and in many cases invaluable – standards, but there are also volumes which cover many of the more unusual subjects. All the books below are available directly from the publishers or from www.amazon.co.uk. Prices are not quoted in the list as they vary tremendously from source to source and in particular from Amazon.

Upholstery : A Beginner’s Guide

(PB, 176 pp), published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd (Mar 2004)
ISBN: 1 86108 276 2

For the beginner inspired to renovate, update or restore an existing piece of upholstery, this practical new guide is the essential reference to everything the aspiring upholsterer needs to know.

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Upholstery : A Complete Course

(PB, 320 pp), published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd (Rev Ed Sep 1999)
ISBN: 1 86108 118 9

A survey of upholstery techniques and materials, which describes everything from traditional handwork to industrial techniques, to provide a complete overview of the upholstery trade.

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Upholstery : Tips and Hints

ISBN: 1 86108 168 5

(PB, 176 pp), published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd (Jul 2000),
“A practical companion for the practising beginner and student upholsterer, this book provides a collection of the author’s accumulated ideas and knowledge on the subject”

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Upholstery : Techniques and Projects

ISBN: 0 94681 941 6

(PB, 256 pp), published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd (Dec 1998)
As a follow-up to “Upholstery: A Complete Course”, this book on practical upholstery features 30 projects covering 300 years of upholstery, including an early 17th century folding stool, a four fold screen, a Georgian wing armchair, a William IV day bed, an Art Nouveau drawing room chair and a modern two-and-a-half-seater settee

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Upholstery : Restoration

ISBN: 1 86108 052 2

(PB, 144 pp), published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd (Dec 1998)
With an emphasis on simplicity, this book contains nine step-by-step upholstery projects, described in detail and illustrated with colour photographs, showing how to restore the upholstery of popular period furniture

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