Soft furnishing courses, workshops & holidays



uk flag Awaken Hidden Skills

based: Hampshire, UK
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One-day and short multi-day curtain, blind, cushion and loose cover making workshops in Hampshire. These courses are aimed at all levels even complete beginners with no previous sewing skills.

| soft furnishing | England |


uk flagBlindingly Simple

based: Berkshire, UK
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Offering a range of soft furnishing courses including a curtain course covering curtain design, making and window treatments; a Roman blind making course; and a cushion making course covering a range of different types of cushions.

| soft furnishing | England |


uk flagIngrid Ellis

based: Dorset , UK
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One-to-one loose cover tuition, this intensive, hands-on course is designed for people with some soft furnishing experience and who are comfortable using a sewing machine. The course is given in English but can also be delivered in German by request.

| soft furnishing | England |


uk flagTextile Holidays France

based: Charente, France
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Creative holidays in SW France, surrounded by beautiful countryside. A range of textiles courses for all interests and abilities, taught by a qualified, experienced tutor who's passionate about textiles. Learn a new skill on a structured (but relaxing) holiday retreat or bring your own project and work independently in the light, spacious well-equipped studio.

| dressmaking/tailoring | embroidery | patchwork/quilting | soft furnishing | fashion | lacemaking | retreats | singles | tailor made | women | France |


uk flag Cambridge Fine Furnishings

based: Northamptonshire, UK

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Tailored one to five day curtain making, cushion and soft furnishing courses in Long Buckby in Northamptonshire.

| soft furnishing | England |


uk flagLilac Barn Craft Courses

based: Somerset, UK

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One and two-day curtains, blinds and cushion making courses for making lined or interlined curtains, Roman blinds, pelmets and cushions.

| soft furnishing | UK |


uk flagRainbow Cottage Residential Courses & Workshops

based: Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

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Soft furnishing courses including curtain making and blinds and pelmets; cottage accommodation.

| soft furnishing | Wales |


uk flagPeak Upholstery and Furnishings

based: Derbyshire, UK

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Day and long weekend courses in upholstery, soft furnishings and loose covers for all skill levels.

| soft furnishing | upholstery | England |


uk flagSewing Courses with Sue Hazell

based: Oxfordshire, UK

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Soft furnishing and sewing holidays in Oxfordshire, Sheffield, London and France.

| soft furnishing | England| France |


uk flagUpholstery Workshop (The)

based: Wiltshire, UK

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Residential tuition on upholstery and soft furnishings from their own large, light and airy workshop.

| upholstery | soft furnishing | UK |



About our soft furnishing section

This section is focused on soft furnishings and household textiles of all types: curtains, drapes, pelmets, cushions and pillows, loose covers, lamp shades, throws, blankets, bedspreads, rugs; and general household linens (bath and dish towels or t-towels, table runners and napkins, and bathroom ensembles).


Most entries in this section deal with classes and instruction in the making of these soft furnishing, listing multi-day courses, residential workshops and retreats. It will also list tours, holidays, short breaks and vacations that take guests to view soft furnishing collections and visit related exhibitions and the like – but we suggest you also look what's available in the textile tours section. A closely relate section is our upholstery category and we recommend taking a look there too.



Travel sites and destinations for lovers of soft furnishing

Build soft furnishing into your holidays and vacations! The suggestions below will help you include your interest in soft furnishings in your travels; we list permanent exhibitions, collections and attractions; museums and soft furnishing related shows and events for those who want to create a DIY soft furnishings tour.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London: home to the national collection of textiles and fashion, is a good place to start, the collections cover a period of over 5000 years with almost all textile techniques represented.

Geffrye Museum of the Home: also in London, this museum explores the home with collections showing homes and their furnishings over the past 400 years via a series of period rooms.

The Surface Design Show: aimed mainly at architects, interior designers and buyers, this show will interest anyone with a serious interest in surface design.

Ideal Home Show: Olympia, London. Packed with ideas and inspiration for the home, including soft furnishings. With plenty of room sets for interior design inspiration!

Scottish Home Show: held in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, this show is the biggest home improvement exhibition the North-East.

New Designers: at the Business Design Centre in London, an inspirational exhibition of emerging design with displays, talks and tours, competitions and awards.

Fashion & Textile Museum, London: a centre for contemporary textiles and fashion; the museum doesn't have a permanent display, but offers a program of focused temporary exhibitions.