Chair Repair School

Upholstery and Chair Restoration workshops

Run by two makers Fiona Edmeades: Artist and upholsterer and Steve Thomas:  Woodworker and Furniture maker.

Fiona and Steve have been running workshops in Upholstery and Restoration in Sydney and across regional NSW since 2019.

They share an affinity for rejuvenation of old wares, the use of reclaimed materials and the process of the handmade. Chair Repair School present Upholstery and Restoration workshops regularly at The Living Space in Blackheath NSW. 

Get your creative juices flowing and have some fun with upholstery whilst you create a beautiful and unique piece of furniture for your home.

Book by following the booking link available under the workshop you're interested in attending.

About the founders

Fiona trained as a traditional upholsterer and gained her City and Guilds Certificate in the craft, at the London College of Furniture in 1991. Fiona takes on private commission upholstery work as well as teaching the craft to others. She has had a lifelong curiosity towards how things work. She spent much of her childhood taking toys apart and making stuff. This coupled with her creative bent has led her to turn her maker’s hand to many diverse applications over the years. In 2009 she gained a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney.

Steve has been making doors, windows and bespoke furniture pieces for private clients since the early 90’s, he is self taught and his joinery methods of choice are traditional. 

He delights’ in the provenance of his materials and often notates their origins’ on the inside frames of the pieces he makes. Steve has been collecting and recycling timber for decades. His materials come from a myriad of sources: old workshop floors, farmhouse and shed demolitions to name but a few.

Upcoming 2023 Workshops

August 12th & 13th
  • Chair Repair and Restoration workshop
  • Learn how to repair chairs and the different approaches to timber restoration whilst you restore a chair frame of your own.
  • 2 day workshop
  • 9:30 am to 5:00pm - $580