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

Alongside our AMUSF and Leisure courses, we also run a variety of short courses including:

Upholstery Taster Class

Caning Class

Cushion Making and Sewing Weekend Class *New Class Starts November 23rd – please enquire!

Upholstery and Embroidery with Laura Lees

For more details on all the above courses, please read below and contact courses@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!


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!

Please contact us to find out more


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


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

Please contact us to find out more




Cushions make excellent gifts!


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 variety 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.

Please contact us to find out more




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.

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

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


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