Accredited professional curtain making courses and soft furnishing courses. Delightful environment. Set up a curtain making business. Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings awarded.

Victoria Hammond Academy is accredited by AIM Awards, which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. We are also an approved member of several reputable industry organisations, including the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers, the British Institute of Interior Design and the Federation of Small Businesses. Please be assured that our training is of the highest standard, and is assessed and approved on a regular basis.




“Where do I begin but with a massive big thank you to a very impressive teacher whom has given me the tools to start a new and exciting business in hand sewn curtains and soft furnishings. All the courses run at Bury Farm are excellent and the surroundings are perfect providing a home from home friendly, but professional feel. If you are thinking of studying a curtain/blind course or even just a cushion course, I couldn’t recommend Victoria Hammond enough”. Janice, Essex – awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’ July 2016


A huge ‘thank you’ Victoria for giving me the confidence and ability to start making my own Roman blinds. You are a great teacher and a consummate professional. Your enthusiasm was inspiring and the day exceeded all my expectations, as did the wonderful location. Oh…and the coffee was great as well!!! I will most definitely be signing up for more of your courses. Susie, Milton Keynes – August 2016

“Dear Victoria. Just to let you know I hung the two pairs of curtains and three Roman 
blinds down in Geneva today, one of the blinds being the 2.5m width one. They were mmPERFECT!! Client over the moon. I would like to thank you again for teaching me this amazing, amazing skill that I love so much. You have a gift and I count myself beyond lucky to have benefited from it x”. Philippa, Switzerland – January 2016

Our Academy is run from beautiful converted barns in a tranquil and welcoming farm setting in Hertfordshire where students can relax and feel at home; the design and making of curtains, Roman blinds, London blinds, upholstered pelmets, valances, swags & tails, arched windows, bed dressings, cushions and trimmings, lampshades, headboards, interior design, including professional track & pole fitting and how to set up and run a successful curtain making business.


Our intensive courses will provide students within a short time frame the skills required, and the confidence, to go on to make quality hand sewn window dressings and complimentary soft furnishings. Whether you wish to learn a new skill, or set up your own business, our courses are tailored to suit all levels of ability, including absolute beginners. A high percentage of people go on to set up their own curtain making businesses following training with us.


We award a Certificate of Accreditation on completion of each course attended. On completion of COURSE ONE, TWO & THREE and MAKING OF CUSHIONS, students are awarded an Accredited DIPLOMA in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’.


Victoria Hammond has a wealth of professional experience in making window dressings and soft furnishings for the luxury residential and commercial market. After graduating with a degree in Textiles and a Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, and gaining experience working for top end design companies, Victoria established her business in 2001. She then went on to set up the Academy in 2008, and now thoroughly enjoys training people alongside working with private interior design clients. Victoria and other tutors at the Academy teach to a high standard using traditional hand sewing methods. Victoria is always willing to share her expertise and professional tips that she has gained in many years of running her business. Victoria believes in maintaining relationships with those who have attended courses and provides on going support advising on all aspects of the curtain making industry.


Having trained at Victoria Hammond Academy, students are entitled to a huge discount on designer fabrics and specialist curtain making and soft furnishing materials, including online curtain making tutorials, comprehensive supplier recommendations, curtain making and interior design trends and events, and membership to Victoria Hammond Forum sharing knowledge and experiences with like minded enthusiasts.


Victoria Hammond Academy, interior design showroom, and curtain making workrooms are located at Bury Farm which is family owned. It is a very relaxing friendly environment in which to train and students are made to feel immediately at home. We are a short drive from the M25 and M1 motorways, offering easy access into London and surrounding areas and close to the airports Luton, Heathrow and Stanstead.