Frequently asked questions
Arrival Times and Departures
Please try to not arrive too early for your class. Enter through the main door facing the car park, allowing social distancing space if there is someone ahead of you. There will be a separate exit door at the end of the session.
Teas and Coffees
Please bring your own drinks with you this term. The tea and coffee supply will resume as soon as Covid 19 resctrictions permit!
Covid 19 - stay safe
Please do not attend:
if you believe that you may be infected with Covid 19
have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
have been instructed to self isolate
Social Distancing, Masks and Hand Washing
The room is spacious and will allow plenty of room to comply with social distancing. During the class please ensure that you keep to current social distancing guidelines. Please wear a mask/face covering during the classes unless you have a medical reason not to do so.
If you need to bring another person to the class (child minder shortages etc, etc), please discuss this with me before any given class because contact records will be required for such people. Any children brought to class will be asked to socially distance.
I will bring the usual supplies of upholstery materials with me such as tacks, webbing, hessian, hair, calico and waddings which you can purchase. These will be bagged up beforehand whereever possible to minimise contact. In the interests of the environment please return to me any plastic bags that you don't need and I will sanitise and reuse them.
I bring a plentiful supply of tools and equipment with me to the classes, but at the moment please try to bring as many of your own tools as possible! Do drop me an email should you be thinking of buying any extra upholstery tools and I will be happy to provide guidance.
When possible please take your rubbish home with you (bring a bin bag when you are stripping a piece of furniture). The hall can cope with a certain amount of rubbish but it would help them if we take away as much as possible.
There is a huge car park at the hall. Please park where you wish, but personally I would aim for somewhere near to the building. Outside lighting I understand is limited, so do bring a phone with a torch for dark evenings ahead.
There is a height restriction barrier at the entrance to the car park set at 2m. This is on a slope so if you have a long vehicle which happens to be a bit under 2m you could still get it caught on the barrier. Please email me before term starts if you have a tall vehicle – arrangements can be made with the hall to give you access to the car park.
If you are new to the classes please ensure that you discuss your chosen project with me before term starts. This is to ensure that it is a suitable one for you and any necessary preparations can be made beforehand so that you do not waste time at the first class.
The length of time that it will take to complete will depend on its complexity. Upholstery can range from being very simple to extremely complex!
Some minor repair work to frames can be undertaken during the course, but you will need to be mindful that sometimes this might need to be completed outside the classes. Major repairs are not possible, but there are many furniture restorers who will be able to help you.
I do not bring foam to the classes, apart from a thin ¼” thick one which is suitable as a wadding, but not as a stuffing. If your project is stuffed with foam please make sure that you let me know as soon as possible so that I can offer guidance about what type of foam and where to purchase it before you start.
Joining the classes
After your payment for the course I will send you an enrolment form and also check with you about your chosen project so that if anything needs to be sorted it can be done so before the start of term and answer any questions you may have. I will then look forward to welcoming you to the classes at Plaitford
What to bring with you
If possible bring a scrap of carpet big enough to stand your furniture piece on so that it does not slip on the table when you are working on it.