Woodworks upholstery course

Deep Buttoned Footstool Course

What is Deep Buttoning?

There are two main types of buttoning in upholstery; shallow or deep. Shallow buttons are simply pulled tight enough to create dimples in the upholstery. Deep buttons have to be prepared in advance; holes are made in the stuffing ready to pull the buttons down much deeper. Pleats are formed in the fabric to enable it to move down into the holes, creating a luxurious diamond pattern in between the buttons.

Everyone on the course will be provided with a with a well-built wooden frame measuring 50cm x 35cm with Queen Anne legs. Not only is it extremely beneficial to learn the basics on a rectangular footstool, but it also removes the problem of finding a suitable project.

By the end of the course you will have created an intricately hand-crafted piece of furniture and will be ready to take on more advanced projects.

What to Bring: 

- One metre of wool fabric suitable for upholstery (standard 130-150cm cm roll width)

- Some contrast fabric if you wish to make buttons and piping of a different colour

Carla will be able to give you guidance on suitable fabrics, so please do get in touch with us at upholstery@thewoodworksproject.com

Course Description

Our six-day Footstool course covers a lot of ground, as it first involves building up a traditional ‘Stitch & Stuffed’ seat pad and then learning the more advanced techniques of deep buttoning and adding a piped border. In the process students will learn a wide range of techniques including:

  • Stretching Webbing
  • Fixing with tacks and staples
  • Attaching platform hessian
  • Tying down loose stuffing
  • Traditional Upholstery Stitching
  • Folding around corners and legs
  • Fire retardant considerations
  • Deep Buttoning and Piping
  • Invisible hand stitching

In our spacious upholstery workshop you will have use of all the correct tools for the job, including a professional air staple gun and button covering machine.

New course dates will be announced soon! 

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