WORKSHOPS

YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND CREATIVITY WILL FIND A PERFECT MATCH AMONG THESE THREE EXCEPTIONAL COURSES.

Texture Craft & Tradition

TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY

Join Laure for this creative Week Masterclass ‘ The Art of French Upholstery’ , making a Dressing Footstool, in the traditional French manner. You will learn about the tools and materials used as well as covering lots of techniques from hemp webbing, applying hessian, horse hair, sophisticated stitches, cutting fabric, corners and blind stitches.

Join us for a relaxing experience from Monday to Friday, from 11am to 4.30 pm, packed with excitement and creativity! This full week course cost €565, you get everything you need, plus Laure will have you covered with a warm cup of tea and biscuit on arrival.Lunch break also included in one of the Clonakilty local coffee shop, so you are covered.

To secure your spot, a 50% deposit is required when booking, with the remaining balance due at the start of the course. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge in an evening of fun & learning.

have you ever wonder what’s…

beneath The fabric

Join Laure for an enriching event where she will guide you through an introduction to upholstery, alongside presenting the theory and thought process behind commissioning one-of-a-kind statement chairs. In this comprehensive course, we’ll explore both traditional and modern approaches to upholstery, allowing you to appreciate the rich history of this craft while also embracing contemporary techniques and design trends.

We will delve into the consultation process, helping you identify your unique style and understand how you want your piece to feel in your home, whether you lean towards the timeless elegance of traditional look or the sleek sophistication of modern designs.

Discover which furniture pieces stand the test of time and learn how to incorporate them into your design schemes, whether you prefer the classic charm of antique furniture or the clean lines of contemporary pieces. We’ll also explore the importance of comfort in upholstery, ensuring that your chair not only looks stunning but also provides a cozy and inviting seating experience.

CREATIVE COURSE

LAMPSHADE MAKING

Clonakilty & Cork city

This class is perfect for beginners who want to learn the craft of contemporary lampshade making. You’ll learn how to apply the lampshade pvc to get the best out of your fabric, how to attach the rings and create neat rolled edges, amongst a variety of other techniques.

Join Laure for the ultimate morning experience from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm or on relaxing evening from 7pm, packed with excitement and creativity! For €115, you get everything you need, plus a delightful lunch at one of our favourite coffee shops.

To secure your spot, a 50% deposit is required when booking, with the remaining balance due at the start of the course. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge in a morning of fun, learning, and delicious food!

Aodh’s Couture Corner: Create Your Own Look

Join Aodh for a series of creative clothing workshops this summer!

These exciting events will take place at Elle Aime Upholstery studio, a hub for creativity and innovation. Each workshop offers a unique opportunity to craft your own stylish pieces. Learn the art of making a chic linen top, a trendy bucket hat, or a fashionable skirt.

Don’t miss out on these workshops where you can unleash your creativity, gain new skills, and take home your own handmade fashion items. Secure your spot now and get ready to create with Aodh!

This class is perfect for beginners eager to delve into the art of making their own clothes. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the process. From cutting the fabric to sewing and finishing, you’ll master various techniques. By the end of the workshop, you’ll take home your very own bespoke clothing item, ready to wear with pride.

Everything you need is provided, including a selection of high-quality fabrics and all necessary tools. Whether you admire your handiwork or gift your creation to someone special, you’ll be proud of what you create. Join us for these exciting workshops and unleash your inner designer.

To secure your spot, a deposit is required when booking, with the remaining balance due at the start of the course. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge in an evening of fun & learning.

looking for another workshop around west cork?

Makers & Shakers: Discover Local Artisans

Welcome to my virtual atelier, where every stitch is a step in my creative journey.

Let me introduce you to Elie, a talented Fashion Designer based in Cork, Ireland.
Her journey began with thread, needles, and a boundless curiosity. From her grandmother’s vintage buttons to her mom’s precise stitches, every piece she creates is a nod to the traditions that shaped her.Let’s talk about Ellie’s specialty – embroidery, beads, and crystals. She transforms everyday accessories into wearable masterpieces. Imagine your favorite accessory, but with a touch of elegance that turns heads and sparks conversations. Thank you for stepping into her world of embroidery, beads, and crystals. Let’s make your fashion statement unforgettable!


Have you heard about Pace Grew in Bantry? If you’ve utterly caught the macramé bug and feel ready to learn the craft yourself, she has got you covered. She host regular workshops around County Cork (and beyond) and it would make our day if you joined one. This page is the place where you can find an up-to-date list of all our upcoming macramé workshops in Ireland. If you don’t see any dates listed below, we currently don’t have any public workshops planned – but you can always organise a private one; keep reading to find out how.


Finally, let me introduce you to Mamukko, a brand of upcycled lifestyle bags and accessories created by the dynamic husband-and-wife team, Nora and Attila Magyar. Nora is a skilled seamstress, and Attila is a 5th generation leather worker. Together, they craft authentic and original bags from selected reclaimed sails, liferafts, leather, and other textiles. Each Mamukko bag is handcrafted in their workshop in Kinsale, Ireland. They cherish every aspect of the process, from sourcing materials to stitching the pieces together, all while listening to records played on a Technics 1210 turntable.
Explore, create, and make something unforgettable with us! Whether it’s through embroidery, macramé, or upcycling, these talented makers and I are here to guide you on your crafting journey.

We are so excited to be part of

August craft month

between Clonakilty & Cork city

I am so excited to invite and collaborate with other makers during this month. If you haven’t heard about it during August Craft Month, various events, workshops, exhibitions, and activities take place right across the island of Ireland, showcasing the talents of local craft makers and artists. Many of the events embody the important contribution that craft can make as a means of cultural and social progression.

Raising awareness about the importance of craft, encouraging participation, and supporting the growth of the craft sector. August Craft Month is a fantastic opportunity for the public to engage with and appreciate the skill behind handmade crafts, and for both established and emerging craft makers to showcase their work.

Celebrating craft in all its forms, from traditional to contemporary, August Craft Month is for everyone. Immerse yourself in the wonderful visual and hands on experience of craft.

Highlighting the vibrant local craft scene right across the island of Ireland. August Craft Month provides unique opportunities for people to get involved to learn about, make, see, and buy craft!

Follow us on social media for all the latest news and updates. 

Keep an eye out and join us during the summer.

Bring your own furniture course

This class is perfect for intermediate to advanced. I would recommend for you to have done one of our traditional course or modern course so you are familiar with the tools, material and environment. Designed as a deeper understanding to the craft, we will Upholster your own piece of furniture with the design of your choice.

You will learn about the different possibilities, design & materials used as well as covering lots of techniques from applying hessian and foam, cutting fabric, shallow buttoning and applying decorative nails.
The workshop will attend no more than 6x people, to assure that you get the best time out of it.

From 10am til 1pm or 2pm til 5pm
Pay as you go
1/2 day €60


Everything is included in the course, you will be able to select your fabric from our upholstery fabric collection and patterned fabric.

Depending on your items you might need to book few courses

See time line below :
Small Items: Stools, Benches, Dining Chairs & Fire Side Armchairs –
1/2 + weeks
Medium Items: Nursing chairs, Small armchairs
3/4 + weeks
Large Items: Queen Anne style, Large armchairs
5/6 + weeks

An elegant collaboration

Joy Thorpe & Elle aime Upholstery

Attic sale & Upholstery

Join Laure for this long Week end in July 19th/20th & 21st. This time we are heading to Kilkenny, in Joy Thorpe treasure trove. Joy’s Decorative Antiques and Interiors is housed in a historic building with a pretty green shopfront. Unique antique and vintage homewares are mixed with one-of-a-kind and gift pieces. Joy sources all pieces from antique furniture Auctions, flea market or trips abroad.

beneath the fabric €15

On Friday evening, candle light and wine event . Join us for an exciting event where I’ll take you on a journey into the world of upholstery! I’ll be guiding you through an introduction to upholstery, while also sharing the theory and thought process behind commissioning one-of-a-kind statement chairs. We’ll dive into various upholstery techniques, explore the essential tools, discuss fabric choices, and showcase inspiring designs.

Don’t miss out on this enriching experience! Let’s unleash your creativity and passion for upholstery together!

Stylish footstool with buttoning detail €310

On Saturday, Join us for an enriching event as part of the Trend and Co. course, where you’ll embark on a journey of creativity and craftsmanship to learn the art of deep buttoning upholstery on a footstool. From selecting the right fabric to mastering the intricate deep buttoning method, you’ll gain valuable insights into this classic upholstery technique. Discover the consultation process, where you’ll identify your unique style and envision how your upholstered footstool will enhance your home decor. Whether you prefer a timeless look or a more contemporary aesthetic, we’ll customise our approach to suit your preferences. Explore the enduring appeal of different furniture styles, from the elegance of Victorian footstools to the simplicity of mid-century designs. Learn how to combine comfort and sophistication, ensuring your footstool not only looks exquisite but also provides a cozy spot to rest your feet.

No prior experience is necessary to join this exciting journey. Whether you’re a seasoned upholsterer or a beginner enthusiast, join us as we uncover the art of deep buttoning, transforming your footstool into a cherished piece of furniture that reflects your unique style and craftsmanship.

elegant lampshade making €115

This class is perfect for beginners eager to delve into the art of crafting elegant lampshades. Whether it’s the empire shape, the candle clip lampshade, or the classic cone lampshade for table or floor lamps, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the process. From applying the lampshade PVC to making neat rolled edges, you’ll master various techniques. By the end of the workshop, you’ll take home your very own bespoke lampshade, ready to adorn your space with style. Everything you need is provided, including a selection of fabrics from our plain linen collection and patterned cotton. Whether you admire your handiwork or gift this trendy shade to someone special, you’ll be proud of what you create.

To secure your spot, a 50% deposit is required when booking, with the remaining balance due at the start of the course. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge in an evening of fun & learning.

You can either book the full weekend for € 400 or book them separately

Learn about the modern upholstery techniques

Trendy Upholstery

between Clonakilty & Cork city

If you’re not sure whether upholstery is for you and want to try your hand at something new or if you just fancy getting creative and making an amazing project, then this upholstery course is for you! You will be able to choose either if you would like to make a French Mattress or a Retro Footstool.

Designed as an introduction to the craft, we will Upholster different pieces depending on the weekend you chooses, with modern techniques. You will learn about the tools and materials used as well as covering lots of techniques from applying hessian and foam, cutting fabric, shallow buttoning and applying decorative nails.

The workshop will attend no more than 6 people, to assure that you get the best time out of it.At the end of the day, you will be able to take home your stylish piece & show off your beautiful work.

Look up to your hard work or offer this trend piece as a personal gift.

Keep an eye out and join us during the summer

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