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Finished in lockdown - glorious chairs and blinds finished by my excellent students - very proud

In this current Covid situation I have suspended physical courses for the current and near future but I am doing virtual one on one tuition, so please call me if you would like help or advice with your project.
In the next couple of weeks I will be releasing my plan re courses to hopefully comme...

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Special Spring Upholstery Offer

Feb 17, 2020 – Mar 16, 2020

Buy 4 days Upholstery workshop and save £20 - you pay £200. Or buy 3 days Upholstery workshop for £155 a saving of £10. Offer open for all paid bookings up to Monday 16th March 2020 all bookings to include at least one March Upholstery workshop.
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Are you free - £50 a day offer 19th, 20th or 22nd Feb

Feb 19, 2020 – Feb 22, 2020

Bring your chair to my workshop in Uppingham and learn to upholster or come and extend your skills.

To book ring Jo on the call button or 07415767826 or email on

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Simple Cushion Workshop

Feb 25, 2020 – Feb 25, 2020

Make a simple cushion, with or with out piping or a simple envelope cushion.

Learn how to plan a cushion on your fabric, how to measure and cut your cushion and how to make up your cushion and finish. A 40cm square cushion pad is included.

Included coffee, tea and cake.

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Drum Lampshade Workshops - more dates

Feb 1, 2020 – Feb 1, 2020

Make a drum lampshade using your chosen fabric.

Learn how to maximise your fabric pattern on your lampshade , how to measure cut and create your lampshade.

Choice of a 20cm or 30cm lampshade (for a 30 cm shade add £3). This lampshade kit you use and is included in your workshop cost.

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Upholstery workshops for Spring 2020

Learn about traditional upholstery whilst working on your chair or project.

In this relaxed and fun workshop you will meet others in this small group and have time to enjoy the coffee, tea and local cake provided for you.

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Make A Stunning Drum Lampshade

Dec 3, 2019 – Dec 3, 2019

This is a fantastic no sew project. A simple project that can change the whole look of your room.
In this course you will learn how to make one drum lampshade in 20cm. There is an option to make a 30cm drum, this is £45, just let us know at booking.
Just bring 1/2m of your chosen dressmaking or q...

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Workshops and Information

Workshops Spring, Summer 2020 in Uppingham
          4th, 6th, 18th, 20th, 21st
          1st, 3rd, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th   
          6th, 8th, 20th , 22nd, 23rd
          3rd, 5th, 17th, 19th, 20th
         8th, 9th,10th,11th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 

Workshops are £55 a day and bookable by contacting Jo or following the contact button.
Also running workshops in
  •  Bushby on a Thursday am and in 
  • Ashley Village alternate Thursday evenings , May weekend and week from the 3rd of August
  • Seaton village from the 17th August
for details please contact me

Craft and Sewing Workshops

Drum Lampshade -  28th March 10-1pm £42         
For Box Cushion, Roman Blind Simple cushions next dates to be arranged please let me know you are interested.

About us

'Jo at no 40' is a workshop on the High Street in Uppingham where you can learn to upholster in the traditional way. 

Specialising in traditional upholstery it is a joy to see how many people have already learned to love this craft and have created fantastic furniture to enjoy.

Over a number of days the courses are designed for you to bring a piece of furniture, be shown how to strip it back to a sound base and then build it back up to  the finished top cover.
You can book in for the days that suit you and gradually work on what your furniture needs.

The courses are fun and you will be working with a mixture of new and experienced upholstery students in small groups of up to 6 people.

You will learn to upholster in the traditional way using tacks, hessian, hair and other traditional methods. Tools can be hired or purchased and all the traditional materials can be purchased from Jo as you need them. The choice of top fabric is yours.

In the last year I have started running other craft courses from roman blinds, cushions, xmas crafts, knitting and other crafts brought in by local artists. This has allowed everyone to learn, enjoy and create other crafts. 

The workshop here in Uppingham is situated on the High Street East, and is in an old red brick Georgian building, with lots of quirky features and a little courtyard to relax in.

Developing this new business to take my lifelong hobbies to share with others has been a joy, and I would love you to share it with me.

Jo Sutton

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40 High Street East
LE15 9PZ
United Kingdom
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