OnTheSquare Courses


After many requests – we are happy to finally announce a SATURDAY UPHOLSTERY CLASS on August 10th. 11-3pm.

‘TAKE A SEAT’  – Learn upholstery skills with Nicola Parkes

A taster workshop & demonstration on upholstery with Nicola Parkes – master upholsterer in both modern and traditional techniques.

This one-off session will includes the seat for you to work on to test your skills. The chair is yours to keep. The 4 hour workshop will include a short demonstration by Nicola with different styles/sizes/shapes she has worked on.

You will then be taken through the steps to reupholster your own chair: stripping – rewebbing – adding tarpaulin – padding – calico cover – top cloth. All tools and materials are provided within the cost to reupholster 1 seat pad on the provided chair (dining chair style).

No woodwork is undertaken. You may provide your own fabric (please bring 1sq meter) or choose from a small selection we will have prepared.

£40 – To Book, Call Dolores on 02890 434290 


Classes are each Monday 10am – 2pm. We run these from our site at 17 Heron road. Taught by the wonderful & experienced Nicola Parkes

Our classes are bijou – up to 8 in a class. Please bring a small portable item of furniture, such as a chair, foot stool or ottoman.

1 introductory session – £40 // Block of 6 classes – £180

To Book, Call 02890 434290 and ask for Dolores

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Nicola is wonderful and so knowledgeable. She should run more classes!

First ever upholstery class and really enjoyed it. I will be back for more. Thanks!

Nicola offers great practical tips and support. Really enjoyable course to complete at your own pace. Loved it!

The (OTSemporium) upholstery courses is a small group; very relaxed & you have the space focus on your project or stop and have a cup of tea. Whether you have dappled in upholstery before or a complete novice like me, Nicola is there to provide you with the skills to complete your project to a high standard, where you are able to step back and think ‘did I really achieve this?!’ No project is too big or too small as Nicola is there to direct you every step of the way.