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Some Facebook reviews about the GFC classes........


"I went on one of the weekend courses that Nicola runs, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The class was small and friendly, and even though I was a complete beginner, I learnt enough in that weekend that I have just completed my first project by myself! Nicola is really helpful and patient, and is really knowledgeable if you have any questions about upholstery or polishing. This course was really good value for money and I would definitely recommend it if you want to learn a new skill or just try something a wee bit different. Thank you Nicola!"


"This course was absolutely fantastic in giving you a very indepth introduction to upholstery and french polishing. The class was very small so everyone got time and attention to create beautiful pieces and everything was provided and all I had to take along was a piece of chosen fabric - this really took the pressure off getting organised for the course. Nicola was so patient and it was a very relaxed weekend… however it was extremely packed so you learn heaps and don't even notice the days going by. Well worth the £££! I was a complete beginner before this course however now feel confident to tackle some new projects alone :-) I highly recommend this weekend course! "


"This class is fabulous. Nicola is a great teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. My mum and i had a great time and will definitely be taking our learning further. Inspirational. Thanks!!"


"Had such a fun (and educational!) weekend at Nicola's French polishing and upholstery course. Learned lots of new skills and so chuffed to come away with our projects. Nicola is a fantastic teacher and lovely person. Would thoroughly recommend it xxx"


"Recently completed this weekend course with Nicola. Very enjoyable weekend with great finished products to take home. Lots of different techniques to try, will be relying on the worksheets to remember all of them! Nicola was a very patient tutor, happy to answer endless queries. Would definitely recommend."


"Just completed a weekend course in upholstery and french polishing. Can't praise Nicola enough. Really informative weekend, learnt loads of hints and Nicola was a relaxed and patient tutor! Now feel confident enough to try a few wee projects at home. Highly recommend!"



Frequently Asked Questions


What are the current dates available?

**Please note due to current COVID restrictions, classes will only be held with a maximum of 2 persons when adhering to government guidelines. GFC will ensure that you are kept up to date with any changes to classes**

Current classes available are:


Weekend French polishing and upholstery classes (2 day course)

      - Sat 10th - Sun 11th Oct 2020 **Fully booked

      - Sat 31st Oct - Sun 1st Nov 2020

      - Sat 21st - Sun 22nd Nov 2020

      - Sat 5th - Sun 6th December 2020

Make your own footstool class (1 day course)

      - Sun 25th October 2020

      - Sat 12th or Sun 13th Dec 2020


*Please note that you can also purchase gift vouchers above which are redeemable up to a year after purchase.

**Due to a high demand, classes are booking out fast. If you are a gift voucher holder and do not see a class that is suitable for you please do not worry. Classes are held every month. Please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact page and we will endeavour to arrange a weekend date that is suitable for you.


All classes can be booked by selecting the pictures above, selecting your chosen dates and pay via Paypal. If you would prefer to pay by BACS, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact page.


What do the classes involve?

Class sizes are small enough to get sufficient one-to-one time with the tutor. Please note they are set projects and students are asked not to bring any of their own items to the workshop. Happy to answer any questions you have about your own projects but please bring a photo in.  More info about current classes can be found on the individual product pages via the links above.


You will be given your project and worksheets about what you learned throughout the weekend to take home with you.


Who are classes suitable for?

Classes are open to all abilities even if you have had no prior experience. The class space is accessible via ground level but the sewing & kitchen areas are only accessible by stairs. If you are pregnant, have mobility issues or any conditions which you think may affect your enjoyment and learning of the course, please contact GFC directly prior to booking. We aim to make our classes and teaching accessible to all abilities and will endeavour to suit your needs if possible.


Where are classes held?

All classes are taught in the fully working GFC upholstery workshop based in the Barras Art and Design centre. Details of the centre location and parking can be found on the contact page.


What do I need to bring?

All materials are included in the class price including the project and the use of tools and protective wear. Partcipants will be asked to bring some final fabric for their projects. You will be given the amount required and good places to purchase within Glasgow. Lunch or refreshments are included too. You will be asked prior if you have any dietry requirements. Please wear some old clothes which are warm. The workshop can get a little cold sometimes.


How do I book?

Select the class of your choice above and access the shopping cart to make a secure payment via Paypal. A non-refundable deposit can be taken to book your place. Please get in touch via the contact page to arrange this instead of booking above or if you would prefer to pay by BACS. Full payment must be received a week prior to the class starting. If not, then you will lose your class space and be asked to reschedule or risk losing your deposit.


Can I book a class for a friend or gift vouchers?

Yes you can. Please book via the option above and GFC will email you regarding an address to send your gift to. Terms and conditions for gift vouchers can be found here.


Can I cancel or reschedule my class time?

For recurring classes i.e the weekend traditional upholstery class, you must cancel in writing more than2 weeks prior to the course starting to reschedule your class or be issued with a 100% refund. If you cancel in writing between 7 - 13 days prior to the course starting, you can reschedule your class or be issued a 50% refund. Unfortunately, if you cancel with less than a week to the class starting, we will offer to reschedule you class but you shall lose the 30% non-refundable deposit from the original purchase. We will ask that you repay the nonrefundable 30% deposit again to rebook. IPlease get in touch via the contact page to notify.

For one off classes such as 'make your own pinboard' class, refunds are not available.

Please note that GFC reserve the right to reschedule classes should uptake numbers be low. GFC will endeavour to contact you with as much notice as possible when this situation occurs.

Class & gift voucher terms & conditions can be found here. Any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.