Masterclass Upholstery

Five Days French Upholstery Course with Armand Verdier

I would like to invite you on a Five days French Upholstery Course with Armand Verdier, where you will learn the basic techniques required to upholster a ‘tabouret carré’, a low square stool.

During this course students will learn the basics of French upholstery, focusing on mastering techniques including stitching work, webbing & lashing down springs.

The atmosphere is set to be fantastic with the course taking place in the historic surrounding of The Priory, Orpington!

Armand trained at France’s most renowned school of arts and crafts, the Ecole Boulle in Paris.

His broad experience includes four years working for Angela Burgin, one of the UK’s leading experts in traditional upholstery.

Now based in Buckinghamshire, Armand spends much of his time working on private commissions as well as collaborating with antique dealers and interior designers.

He began teaching French upholstery techniques in the UK in 2013. He and his tutor Laurent Lainé from the Ecole Boulle are the only individuals teaching the art of French upholstery in the UK.

For more information, take a look at his website:

What’s included:

Students will be provided with a hardwood stool, measuring approximately 40cm x 40cm, as well as all inside materials including: hair, tacks, linen twine, stuffings, pins and needles. All tools are provided for the purpose of the course, however students are encouraged to bring their own tools should they wish to do so. Students must bring their own top fabric, assuming they will use this to finish off & cover their stool with.

Tea and coffee will be supplied everyday, along with fresh & delicious nibbles from our local shop for you to graze on. The possibility of a joint lunch can be arranged at an additional cost, should this be something decided on by all students. Otherwise students are asked to bring their own lunch with them.

IMPORTANT: Limited amount of spaces due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Course Dates:

20th-24th September 2021, five days, 9:30-16:30

Course Fee: