London Upholstery Classes ~ Courses and Tuition in Central London

AMUSF Programme Stages 1, 2 and 3 leading to a Diploma

Approximate Hours 210 per programme Stage

AMUSF  Basic Craft Certificate ( BS1

The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)qualifications are based on good practical upholstery skills. These qualifications may lead to employment within the industry or with additional practice may lead to you starting your own small business.

The training is based around a 3 stage programme, with each stage being a qualification in its own right and will be certificated separately. Thus there is no obligation to complete all three stages but a pass is required to progress to the next stage with the successful completion of all three stages resulting in the award of the brand new AMUSF Diploma.

There are flexible start dates and different course programme options students may choose from

·        One day course programme completing one stage/level of 210 hours over a 42 week period.

·        Two day course programme completing 2 stages/levels consecutively of 210 hours each over the 42 weeks period.

Intensive Course Programme Option:

·        Complete 1 Stage in 42 days i.e. 8.2 weeks.

·        Complete 2 Stages in 84 days i.e. 16.4 weeks

·        Complete 3 stages in 126 days i.e. 25.1 weeks

 If this course is for you select Booking Request or ring direct on 02076229347 and speak to Sara.

Each stage of the Upholstery syllabus contains the following listed below, with the sections highlighted in bold being the pieces that will be marked at the end of each course stage, though all other exercises must be completed. Students will receive tuition and guidance to underpin this knowledge. It is expected that the written research project will be undertaken away from the class and outside of the 210 hours.

AMUSF Stage 1
Craft Certificate

Practical content

  • Drop-in seat (modern materials)
  • Drop-in seat (traditional materials including fabric and bottoming cloth)
  • Stitched and stuffed footstool or chair (traditional materials and methods including fabric and bottoming)
  • Sprung dining chair (traditional materials and methods including fabric and bottoming cloth)
  • Sprung arm exercise for an inset facing (traditional materials and methods. Calico to be stitched under the roll. Fabric need not to be applied)
  • Box Cushion with piping and zip (sample)
  • Bolster End with piping (sample)
  • Upholstered and lined box with decorative detail and deep-buttoned lid (modern materials, with a minimum of three diamonds)

Highlighted pieces will be assessed as part of the final mark/grade.

Students will also be required to produce a portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress.

Written Research Project – 10%

  • Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage

or

  • History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used

 or

  • 20th Century Furniture Design – an overview of the styles, periods and iconic designers of the 20th Century.

(Training Centres may choose the order studied, provided that all three subjects are covered over the course of the three stages)

 

Brief Description

During this stage students will develop their practical skills, gaining knowledge and experience in the manipulation of a variety of materials and processes, within the context of a series of individual set exercises and/or assessment projects.

Students will acquire an understanding of upholstery fabrics and textiles and should be encouraged to develop, where appropriate, their own creative responses to the assessment projects.

The students will receive workshop inductions, practical demonstrations and teaching in the use and application of core materials and techniques, both modern and traditional, including instruction on:

  • Health & Safety: when working with tools and equipment in a workshop environment
  • Appropriate use of tools and equipment, both hand and machine
  • Understanding of Domestic and Industrial Sewing machines
  • Appropriate use of Fillings & Sundry Materials
  • Appropriate use of techniques and processes including Knots, Blind, Top and Slip-Stitching
  • Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics
  • Sewing seams and decorative techniques
  • Trims and Decorative detailing
  • Awareness of frame repairs and polishing
  • Costing Materials
  • Evaluation Methods 

If this course is for you select Booking Request or ring direct on 02076229347 and speak to Sara.

AMUSF Stage 2 
International Craft Certificate

Practical Content

  • T-Shaped Cushion with piping and zips (samples)
  • Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars (samples)
  • Independent sprung edge for a cushion seat (exercise) (traditional materials and methods, including fabric and front border)
  • Armless chair with traditionally upholstered seat and back (seat to be sprung with coil springs)
  • Post 1950s Armchair upholstered using modern materials & methods

 Highlighted pieces will be assessed as part of the final mark/grade

 Students will also be required to produce a portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress.

 Written Research Project – 10%

  • Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage

or

  • History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used

or

  • 20th Century Furniture Design – an overview of the styles, periods and iconic designers of the 20th Century. 

(Training Centres may choose the order studied, provided that all three subjects are covered over the course of the three stages).

 

Brief Description 

During this stage students will develop their practical skills, gaining knowledge and experience in the manipulation of a variety of materials and processes, within the context of a series of individual set projects.

Students will acquire an understanding of upholstery fabrics and textiles and should be encouraged to develop, where appropriate, their own creative responses to the assessment projects.

The students will receive workshop inductions, practical demonstrations and teaching in the use and application of core materials and techniques, both modern and traditional, including instruction on:

  • Health & Safety: when working with tools and equipment in a workshop environment
  • Frame repair and polishing, including the fitting of castors
  • Understanding of Industrial and Domestic sewing machines
  • Appropriate use of Fillings & Sundry Materials
  • Types of springs and suspension systems: coil, serpentine, tension springs, sprung units, pocket springs, rubber & elastic webbings etc.
  • Appropriate use of foams and rubberized hair sheets and various pre-formed profiles
  • Appropriate use of techniques and processes including Knots, Blind, Top and Slip-Stitching
  • Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics
  • Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars
  • Basic Design Skills: sketching, colour co-ordination and scale drawing
  • An understanding of the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 relating to domestic furniture and furnishings
  • Fabric Classifications – Martindale abrasion test
  • Estimating & Costing Materials
  • Evaluation Methods

 If this course is for you select Booking Request or ring direct on 02076229347 and speak to Sara.

AMUSF Stage 3 
Diploma


Practical Content

  • Substantial Traditional Armchair of advanced techniques, which should include at least two of the following elements: the fitting of caps and collars, scroll arms or stitched-up edges to arms, sprung arms, coil sprung seats, independent sprung edges, deep buttoning, fluting or an iron framed chair.
  • Modern Chair with a concave inside back incorporating tailored fitting and top stitching i.e. Egg style (shell frame)

Highlighted pieces will be assessed as part of the final mark/grade

Students will also be required to produce a portfolio containing notes and details of work in progress.

Written Research Project – 10%

  • Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage

or

  • History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used

or

  • 20th Century Furniture Design – an overview of the styles, periods and iconic designers of the 20th Century.

(Training Centres may choose the order studied, provided that all three subjects are covered over the course of the three stages)

  

Brief Description

During this stage students will develop their practical skills, gaining knowledge and experience in the manipulation of a variety of materials and processes, within the context of a series of individual set projects.

Students will acquire an understanding of the history of upholstered furniture and the development of techniques and materials used.

Students should be encouraged to develop, where appropriate, their own creative responses to the assessment projects.

The students will receive workshop inductions, practical demonstrations and teaching in the use and application of core materials and techniques, both modern and traditional, including instruction on:

  • Health & Safety: when working with tools and equipment in a workshop environment
  • Understanding of Industrial and Domestic sewing machines
  • Frame repair and polishing including fitting castors: costs and time required to undertake repairs
  • Appropriate use of Fillings & Sundry Materials
  • Types of springs and suspension systems: coil, serpentine, tension springs, sprung units, pocket springs, rubber & elastic webbings etc.
  • Appropriate use of foams and rubberized hair sheets and various pre-formed profiles
  • Appropriate use of techniques and processes including Knots, Blind, Top and Slip-Stitching
  • Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics
  • Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars
  • Basic Design Skills: sketching, colour co-ordination and scale drawing
  • An understanding of the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 relating to domestic furniture and furnishings
  • Fabric Classifications – Martindale abrasion test
  • Estimating & Costing Materials and Labour
  • Working to a deadline including timing records
  • Business Studies:
  • Requirements of self-employment
  • H&S whilst working from home or a workshop
  • Legal & Safety requirements
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Insurances
  • PR & Marketing including social media
  • Resources
  • Evaluation

If this course is for you select Booking Request or ring direct on 02076229347 and speak to Sara

 

 


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