Creative Workshop Courses

Mary's Chairs has a second workshop based at the beautiful and tranquil

location of The Manor House, Little Wittenham.

Our Creative Workshop in the Education Room offers the perfect setting -

we like our students to feel welcome and at home. Our courses are an escape from the everyday stresses of life- a place where you can be creative, learn new skills, share ideas and be amoung friends.  


Summer Workshops 2017

Piped Cushion Course

Medium skill level.

Suited to those who are familiar with a sewing machine, but don't necesarily feel confident or have much experience.


Saturday 4th November

9.30 - 4.00pm


(Long Wittenham WS-

Places limited)


Introduction to Applique Course

Medium skill level.

Suited to anyone who has some experience sewing and would like to become more creative with their sewing.


Saturday 9th September

9.30am - 4.00pm




Liberty Patchwork Cushion course 

Medium skill level.


A great introduction to patchwork and quilting. You'll be able to create your own cushion choosing from a wide selection of Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.



Please contact us if you are

interested in this course.  

New dates will be added soon.




Lampshade Course

Beginner Skill level.


We'll show you how to successfully make your own lampshades to personalise your home.


Course Full

(Saturday 12th August




Please contact us if you are

interested in this course.  

New dates will be added soon.

Meet the tutors:

Mary Cowdry

Mary Cowdry qualified as a traditional upholsterer in 2014 and set up Mary's Chairs.

From a young age she was fascinated with fabric, colour, design and loves to create personalised presents for her family and friends.

Her hobby has now become her passion and she is in the process of building her dream workshop where upholstery, sewing, rug making and all aspects of fabric creativity can happen under one roof. "Making new friends and sharing the joy of creating and learning new skills is my greatest pleasure. She loves to challenge herself and discover the endless world of fabric and design.


Christine Howard

Christine assists part-time at Mary's Chairs alongside her career as a Landscape Architect. Christine qualified in 2016 from the City of Oxford College attaining a distiction in the AMUSF level 2 &3 (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers).

She too has had a lifetime of creating and her talents stretch far and wide - patchwork, bag making, lampshades, pottery and beautiful sewing

Recomendations from some of our students:

  • Had an amazing and creative day thank you to Mary and Christine for guiding us so professionally along the way.. and for the beautiful hospitality too.. such a wonderful lunch.. x


  • Had a wonderful time , thank you Mary and Christine for your help. Looking forward to doing another sewing course with you. Xx


  • Fabulous day all round. Thrilled with the result. 


  • Excellent welcome in a delightful workshop beautifully decorated. Lots of extra tips which make the cushion look more professional.


  • Very clear teaching, good pace, bite size and access to support.


  • Very clear teaching and fabulously helpful. Hospitality was also fantastic. Thank you Mary and Team.




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