Upholstery Workshops FAQs

Q: I am a complete novice, are your courses suitable for me?

A: Yes. Our workshops are designed for complete beginners to give you an introduction to the craft.

Q: Is there much lifting?

A: No, your teacher will always be on hand to give anyone a lift should you need help.

Q: Do I need any tools?

A: We provide all the tools you need, however, should you wish to bring your own, you’re more than welcome.

Q: What do I need to bring with me?

A: Lunch and snacks.

Q: What should I wear on the day?

A: Wear warm sensible clothing, layers are best so you can remove if you get warmer e.g. t-shirt, jumper, bodywarmer / gilet as we are working in an old chapel. Wear closed toe comfortable flat shoes as you will be standing for a large proportion of the day.

Q: What is the minimum size for a group workshop?

A: Minimum class sizes for a group booking is 4.

Q: How many people are on the course?

A: We restrict classes and courses to a maximum of 8. This allows for greater one on one teaching. If you have a larger group size please enquire and we will see what we can do to accomodate.

Q: Is the cost of materials included in the course fee?

A: Each course will detail what is included in the cost of course on our courses page. In most instances, all materials are covered.

Q: Who will teach me?

A: Emma Semper Hopkins Company Director. You can find more about her here

Q: Do I have to pay upfront for courses?

A: Yes. All our courses need to paid for in full prior to the start of the course.

Q: Can I buy the fabric for the course through you?

A: All of our workshops include a range of fabrics within the price of the workshop. However if you would like an alternative fabric we are able to order from the following companies but please note that we do not carry any fabrics in stock, please allow for delivery time and charges will apply. To order please reply to this email or call us on 01260609021.

Marton Mills: https://martonmills.com/
Arley House: http://www.arleyhouse.com/
Linwood: http://www.linwoodfabric.com/
Warwick: http://warwick.co.uk/
Abraham Moon: http://www.moons.co.uk/

Q: What if I want to bring my own fabric to the workshop?

A: Please contact us before you buy any fabric. We would want to check and advise that the fabric is suitable for upholstery.

Q: What does the workshop include?

A: We supply you with all the tools & materials for the course and fabric from a selection which you chose from. Lunch is not included.

Q: Where are the workshops run from?

A: The workshops are held from our beautiful workshop, a converted Chapel in Scholar Green, a peaceful setting in the Cheshire countryside. Old Kent Green Methodist Chapel, Cinderhill Lane, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3HR.

Q: Is parking available?

A: Yes – street parking is available.

Cancellation policy for upholstery workshops

Q: If I have had a change of circumstance and I can no longer attend, can I cancel or reschedule?

A: If you cancel in writing (via email to hello@shupholstery.co.uk) at least 14 days prior to the course starts, we can offer a full refund or reschedule you to a date later in the year.

If you cancel in writing (via email to hello@shupholstery.co.uk) between 7 and 13 days prior to the course starts, we can offer a 50% refund or reschedule you to a date later in the year.

If you cancel in writing with fewer than 7 days till the course starts, we sadly can’t offer a refund but can happily offer to reschedule you to a date later in the year.

Unfortunately, we are unable to re-schedule your workshop more than once. If you cancel within 24 hours of the course commencing, then, unfortunately, we cannot offer you a refund but will happily reschedule you to another date. This will incur a £35 late cancellation fee.

Q: Can I buy a course for a friend, or buy a gift voucher?

A: There is an option on each course to buy it as a gift voucher. You will be asked for the recipient’s name we will send you an email with a gift certificate that you can print off.

After care guide for your Furniture 

Treatex Hardwax Oil Care Guide.

If your product is treated with Treatex Hardwax oil please follow the below cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

Following the manufacturers care information, they recommend cleaning with their Spray-On Floor & Surface Cleaner which is a convenient ready diluted spray, designed to quickly clean and maintain surfaces treated with Treatex Hardwax Oil. This PH neutral product contains Vegetable oils and Carnauba wax, which means that as your surface is cleaned, a thin replenishing and protective layer of wax is also applied. Simply spray the surface lightly with the product and wipe with a microfibre cloth for the ultimate result.

In addition to this to maintain the wood and treatment to workshop standard, we recommend treated wax polish.

Treatex Wax Polish is an easy to apply clear polish designed to refresh worn wooden surfaces finished with Treatex Hardwax Oil. It is based on natural sustainable raw materials such as , Beeswax, Carnauba wax and Candelilla wax. Wax Polish forms a durable, water repellent and non-slip finish which can be wiped on using a lint-free cloth or buffed on using a slow machine with a white pad.

For any further information regarding the care of your product please see the manufacturer’s website.

Briwax Natural wax care guide.

 Your product has been treated with Briwax natural wax.

Following the manufacturers care information, they recommend to clean with a clean lint-free cloth and general wood/multi-surface cleaner to maintain the product from dulling.

We do not recommend using water-based products on top of briwax as this causes the wax to streak and leave an uneven finish.

Briwax is a wax polish used to bring a healthy shine to dull wood, under normal conditions the shine will last for six to twelve months however if this fails a simple re-application is required. Briwax is simple to apply and you can do so with a microfibre cloth or slow machine with a white pad, for best results allow the briwax to dry for thirty minutes before buffing.

For any further information regarding the care of your product please see the manufacturer’s website.

For care of crates

Your crate has been treated with a slip-resistant general wax,

Following the manufacturers care information, they recommend cleaning with a clean lint-free cloth and general wood/multi-surface cleaner to maintain the product from dulling.

We do not recommend using water-based products on top of the wax as this causes it to streak and leave an uneven finish.

In order to maintain your crates shine, we recommend that in six to twelve months your crate should be re-treated with natural beeswax. Applied with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Upholstery

 A care guide specific to your chosen fabrics and materials will be sent to you via email.

This will include the relevant information regarding the maintenance of your product and the appropriate links to provide you with any additional advice/ information you may need to care for the materials chosen.

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