Start training fully prepared.
Including the answers to burning questions like:
Plus, email access to me so you always have a place to go for answers.
I’m Sharon O’Connor and this was my training journey…
Following a twenty year career in fashion, I retrained with the Association of Master Upholsterers and the Cass Art Faculty of Design before starting my business, Vintique Upholstery, in 2013.
From my studio in Sunbury-on-Thames, I reupholster pre-loved items of furniture, restoring them to their former glory to create bespoke, statement pieces.
I love the craft of upholstery, but when I was training, it felt like I was navigating this new world blind.
There was little in the way of guidance before I started and even once I’d finished training. I learnt from trial and error, which took longer and cost me more.
I am determined to make things better for new upholstery trainees and enthusiasts.
To make information more accessible and the upholstery industry a more welcoming place.
Thank you so much for your upholstery guide. I started my AMSUF stage 1 earlier this month, and your guide was so, so helpful. My biggest takeaway is finding the right course for what I want to do –I have to go further in order to do an AMUSF course, but I realised that it was going to be worth it to get the proper accreditation in the end. Seeing your workshop was really inspiring too.
Virtual Vintique: Upholstery Uncovered contains all the information you need to make a really educated decision about whether a career or hobby in upholstery might be for you. It’s open and honest, which is really refreshing. I am still working my way through the stages and I’m looking forward to starting the next one.
I debated about whether to sign up to Sharon’s Virtual Vintique: Upholstery Uncovered course as I recently started an upholstery AMUSF course, but I’m so pleased that I did. It’s jam packed with information, tips and tricks for any budding upholsterer. The videos and PDFs are fantastic and the private Facebook group, with access to a community of like-minded people, plus ongoing advice from Sharon, will be invaluable going forwards.
With this guide in your toolkit, you will have the knowledge to:
*Please note: this is not a technical course. It won’t teach you how to strip back a sofa or re-spring a chair.
“I wanted to get into upholstery and had no idea where to begin. I did a lot of research online and overwhelmed myself with information. I then found Sharon’s Upholstery Uncovered online introduction and it demystified it all for me, making it clear which path would suit me best. There’s bundles of other tips and information which I’ll dip into as and when I need to. A really valuable tool!
Sharon is super down to earth and explains everything so well.”
“It built on my existing knowledge of upholstery; it really helped me learn more about what it takes to become an upholsterer. All the information is helpful for someone just starting out. From my own point of view, I have taken away some good points and the contact lists for suppliers, fabrics, etc., are great!”
I bought the guide because I was considering whether upholstery was something I could take on as more than a hobby; I wanted to know exactly what would be involved in getting formal training and working as an upholsterer. It did not disappoint! Virtual Vintique is an absolute wealth of information, presented in a really approachable way. My biggest takeaway from it is that I can really see how upholstery lines up with my creativity and love for pattern and colour; and my values of reusing and rescuing items, making them beautiful and ready to be enjoyed for many more years to come. I also love the Facebook community and your house tour.