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Essential listening for upholsters and teachers alike, you’ll hear an eclectic ‘weaving together’ of life and skills as we talk to some of the best upholsterers in our business and provide a forum for those new to our trade.

We’ll delve into a rich tapestry of fascinating stories, experiences, skills sharing, and general ‘chitchat’ on our virtual couch. Because a chat is always a good thing, right?!

Hosted by Robbie Richardson, Master Upholsterer, it’s 100% by upholsters, for upholsters.

Everyone is welcome, so switch on, tune in, grab a coffee or listen as you work.

Published: 23rd Feb 2021(About 2 days ago)

This week, In Stitches goes International, as we are joined by the fascinating Bruno Paulin-Lopez, all the way from the USA!  

With over 40 years in the trade, Bruno’s experience speaks for itself. His skills are frequently in demand around the world, but he hasn’t always been the Master Upholsterer he is today!

Hear why his first paid upholstery job didn’t quite go to plan, and what made him move from romance and beauty of Paris to bustling streets of New York. 

Also listen to why Bruno thinks the furniture has to approve of him when he’s tackling a piece with a long history.

Published: 16th Feb 2021(About 1 week ago)

With a great-grandmother, grandmother and mother who all excelled in making beautiful pieces of headwear/clothing, it was almost inevitable that Katerina Gibb would end up working creatively with her hands, but her road into Upholstery wasn't a straight one!

From working as an Assistant Costume Designer in Ridley Scott's UK Production company to having a joint venture with the Jim Henson Company, it initially seemed that the film and TV industry was going to be Katerina's calling.  So what made her leave all that behind and why does 'peeling back the layers' fill her with so much joy?  

Find out and listen to more of Katerina's story in this week's episode. 

In this, the first episode of season 2 of the In Stitches podcast, we hear how life the life of an Upholsterer can be tough! From doing piece work in a workshop in Edinburgh, to having to supplement his income by unloading articulated lorries, Greg's journey hasn't been easy but we hear how hard work paid off in the end, with perseverance and passion!

Published: 18th Nov 2020(About 3 months ago)

As series one of In Stitches closes, this week the tables are turned on host Robbie Richardson as he becomes the interviewee with Gareth Rees asking the questions!

Find out what makes Robbie tick, why he now understands why knowing his business' numbers is so important, and why he believes investing in his team is key.

Published: 3rd Nov 2020(About 4 months ago)

Growing up in London in the 60's and 70's was a very different experience to what it is now with career paths being determined more by attainment than effort and determination.  

In this week's episode, find out how Steve proved his teachers wrong when they said that he would never amount to anything and built up a flourishing Upholstery business whose services are in demand around the world.  

Published: 27th Oct 2020(About 4 months ago)

With an established career as a Geo-Technical Engineer already to their name, becoming an Upholsterer is probably the last thing you would expect someone to do but that's exactly what Michelle did after undertaking an upholstery course whilst living in New Zealand.

In this week's podcast we hear all about Michelle's swift journey from trainee upholsterer to business owner and find out why she recommends that all those starting out should have someone to share thoughts and ideas with along the way.

Published: 20th Oct 2020(About 4 months ago)

Joanna's love of upholstery was born when she was sent to visit an upholsterer whilst working as a journalist for Homes and Gardens, as she instantly fell in love with the smell of the workshop!

In this week's podcast, Joanna shares her story and gives some fantastic tips for anyone just starting out or interested in a career in upholstery, as well as sharing some of the interesting things that can be find down the back of a sofa! 

Published: 13th Oct 2020(About 4 months ago)

Becoming an Upholsterer is probably not how you would picture a former Army Officer making a new career but that is exactly what Kirsty did.  Since qualifying, her path has taken a few sharp but interesting turns, the latest resulting in her becoming part of the Royal Household looking after all things upholstery (with a brief spell making bar stools for 007 in between)! 

Published: 6th Oct 2020(About 5 months ago)

How does a person go from being PA to one of the "greatest filmmakers in cinematic history", Stanley Kubrick, to becoming a Master Upholsterer and leading the training for Upholsterers of the future.  

Wendy tells all in this week's podcast and shares some great tips for anyone who would like to get in to the Upholstery trade.  

Published: 29th Sep 2020(About 5 months ago)

Ray's journey in to upholstery had a few twists and turns, with ups and downs along the way but with his work featuring on not one but two television programmes and his own range of bold fabric designs in production, this week's podcast is a fascinating insight in to how he has overcome the difficulties and built a business to be proud of. 

Published: 22nd Sep 2020(About 5 months ago)

After studying fine art and using art to help the community to then becoming pub landlady,  when Leigh-Anne wanted to get back to her creative roots she fell in to upholstery almost by accident!

In this week's podcast, we hear more about Leigh-Ann and how Bristol Upholstery Collective was born, as well as why it's so important to Leigh-Anne that social values are at the core of everything they do.

We also find out how she became a regular on BBC One's 'Money For Nothing'.

Published: 15th Sep 2020(About 5 months ago)

Hannah's childhood dream of being Fire Fighter was shattered due to not meeting regulation height but their loss is the Upholstery world's gain!  Listen as Hannah tells us how she got started in Upholstery and how that lead to her featuring as an expert on the highly acclaimed BBC TV show  'The Repair Shop'.  

Published: 8th Sep 2020(About 6 months ago)

In this week's episode we hear how Nic Thomas went from owning a business hand-making lingerie to becoming a highly-skilled upholsterer whose work has featured in blockbuster movies such as Spectre! And we find out how Stanley Kubrick's former PA influenced Nic's choice when it came to selecting an Upholstery school to study at! 

A fascinating insight in to the world of teacher and master upholsterer, Gareth Rees' extraordinary journey that led him to joining forces with Gregory Cupitt-Jones to form the British School of Upholstered Furniture, with the trials and tribulations he faced along the way.