Taster Upholstery Classes + Short Courses in Caning, Embroidery & other Crafts

Current Short Courses on offer at Shoreditch Design Rooms:

Caning Class: date tbc

Upholstery Taster Class: date tbc

Cushion Making and Sewing Weekend Class: date tbc

Upholstery and Embroidery with Laura Lees: date tbc

For more details on all the above courses, please read below…and contact team@shoreditchdesignrooms.com or call 0203 689 5841 to book a place or for more info on latest dates.


Come and learn the amazing art of re-upholstering furniture!

Upholstery Taster Course:

WHAT: Designed as a short introduction to upholstery over 4 separate evenings.

Due to the time constraints, we recommend the following items to learn on: Drop-in dining chair, modern footstool or some scatter cushions.

Everyone provides and then works on their own piece of furniture and you’ll be taught all the various techniques and tips necessary to re-upholster your piece, so you finish the course with your own newly upholstered piece of furniture, designed and created by you!

WHEN: Each class will run across a weekend – from 6.30pm til 9.30pm on the Friday evening and then 9.30am til 4pm on the Sat and Sunday. Dates are tbc (please contact us for more info).

COST: The total cost is £200 +VAT


Estelle learnt and developed all her amazing caning techniques (in leather!) on SDR’s last set of caning classes.

Caning Class:

WHAT: We’ve teamed up with an inspirational local caner, Ingrid Chen, who’s a fantastic teacher and famously did the S Chair with Tom Dixon! Her first set of caning classes that Ingrid ran at SDR were hugely popular and produced some fantastic caned chairs!

There are 5 distinct stages to learn in the caning process and these 5 individual processes will be taught across the 6 classes. The course will be run on a Tues evening and will start at 18.30. Ingrid will teach for 2 hours and you can then stay for an extra half an hour to practice. So each class will run from 18.30 to 21.00.  We have added a break over Xmas between week 4 and 5 to give any necessary extra time needed for people to catch up so that everyone can do the finishing stage together in week 5 and 6

WHEN: Nov. 21st and 28th Dec. 5th and 12th Jan. 9th and 16th

COST: £250 + VAT (for all 6 classes)


Cushion Making & Sewing Class:

WHAT: During the course you will be taken step by step through all the different sewing techniques and various finishes, giving you the knowledge and experience to go on and make a vairiety of different cushions for yourself.

By the end of the course you will have completed 2x scatter cushions (or box cushions) with zips, piping and your choice of finish

WHEN: Friday evening, 6.30 – 9.30pm and Sat 9.30am til 4.30pm

Exact dates for 2017 tbc, please contact us for latest info

COST: £160 +VAT


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WHAT: Laura Lees and Shoreditch Design Rooms have designed an exclusive short course where participants will be able to customise a unique piece of upholstered furniture using freehand machine embroidery, hand embroidery and surface textiles to create a totally bespoke, individual design.

In a relaxed, friendly and creative environment:

  • Create your own designs for a drop in seat, footstool, barstool or kids chair.
  • Embroider a seat cover with anything that takes your fancy – from an all over constructed textile to a simple appliquéd motif.

Please don’t let your skills inhibit your imagination, complete beginners are welcome, just bring an open mind!

There will be an abundance of fabric and templates for you to choose from to create your embroidered applique as well as threads, trims and tricks of the trade.

WHO: As well as running her own label, Laura Lees has designed and crafted limited edition one-off pieces for fashion collections with Sibling, Luella and Giles as well as making guitar straps for The Strokes and working with clients as varied as Courtney Love to the Rolling Stones.

This month The Observer ran an interview with Laura talking about her move from fashion to furniture. Click on the link for a read: The Observer Laura Lees

WHEN: the course runs on a Friday evening 6.30 – 9.30pm and then Sat 10am – 4pm and Sunday 10am til 4pm

Exact dates for 2017 tbc – please get in conytact for latest info

What you need to bring

Your own piece of furniture EG Drop in dining chair, foot or bar stool etc.

Contact us in advance to check your piece of furniture will be appropriate.

We can also help you source something appropriate.

You will leave with your own bespoke piece of designer furniture.

What’s Included?

A huge range of different fabrics, threads and trims

All foam and other upholstery materials

Everyone will have use of their own sewing machine

Tea, Coffee, Drinks and snacks

NB a maximum of 8 per class IMG_8316

Course Fees & Booking

£240.00 + VAT per person (£75 deposit required for confirmation of place on the course).

Places are limited.












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