Andrea is a City & Guilds qualified upholsterer who runs workshops from her private garden studio in central Altrincham, Cheshire. The philosophy of the workshops are to learn the traditional art of upholstery, in a relaxed yet informative way. It is as much about the learning journey as the project destination.
Having started her training in 2003 under a number of tutors, including David James, Andrea passes on the skills and tips she has picked up from her tutors and from her teaching. She ran a busy upholstery practise until moving to Vancouver in 2010 where she started teaching upholstery, and continued to teach upon her return to the UK in 2012.
Plush Upholstery Workshops offers a variety of classes from weekly morning classes, to full day workshops. The business has also supported local furniture charity The Furniture Station with upholstery training, offered National Trust workshops in Upholstery, and worked with Antique and Interiors shops such as The Lavender Tree in Alderley Edge, and Agapanthus in Stockport, offering painting and upholstery classes. She also helped Sian Astley of BBC 'Getting the Builders in ' with her upholstery learning.
The unique offering of these workshops is there are no set course dates, no set projects, no requirement to buy the materials or fabric, and you can continue for as long as you need to complete your project or would like to continue to learn. More than half of the students have been with Andrea for over 5 years, so these are not quick turnaround classes, and new students learn from the more experienced students too. More than just a workshop it has become a place to spend time with like minded enthusiasts and to leave behind the worries and stress of daily life.
Many of those coming now have their own successful upholstery businesses, and we work together as a supportive and caring upholstery family. Recently they supported Zoe Glencross fabrics in the upholstery for her website launch.
Whilst offering a full range of experience, Andrea's preference is for traditional skills and materials - sewing springs, using hair and traditional waddings and deep buttoning.
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