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

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 are excellent and the surroundings are perfect providing a home from home friendly, but professional feel. If you are thinking of studying a curtain, Roman blind or perhaps a cushion making course, I couldn’t recommend Victoria Hammond enough”. Janice, Essex – awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’ 


“I loved the course. Although it’s intensive and full on it’s also inspiring and you meet such lovely people. I know doing the courses with you I learn from the best and therefore going forward it’s purely about practicing the new skills I get equipped with. Staying at Waterlock House made things very easy. Apart from it all being beautiful it also meant that everything else was within walking distance with no driving required. I shall be back for more! Thanks Victoria”. Gitte, London


“Traditional curtain making is one of those crafts that is handed down from mother to daughter. Being taught by Victoria feels like being handed down generations of family secrets, techniques and experience- what an absolute privilege”. Alison, Essex 


“Victoria, I can’t thank you enough for these past few weeks, your teaching has been invaluable! You’ve inspired me greatly and I now feel confident with my skills”. Molly, Wiltshire – awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’ 


“To Victoria. I just want to say a quick thank you to you for delivering such detailed and enjoyable and inspiring courses. Since completing Course ONE last May you have enabled me to find something I love to do as a career without an enormous initial outlay, my dream has become a reality and I feel like me again. Good luck with all the renovations, I have no doubt it will be stunning! You are brave and inspirational”. Sandra, Oxford  – awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’


Victoria’s courses were amazing and extremely inspiring. I felt I was being taught by the best and you can really sense how much Victoria cares about all her students and their work. I met some really lovely people and the student forum is a great tool when setting up a business and needing some advice. The courses are intense but I was amazed at how much I learnt. Victoria is a great teacher and is extremely experienced – no question is too silly to ask. I cannot thank Victoria enough she has truly inspired me to take that leap out of the corporate world to set up my own curtain making business. Jenna, Surrey – awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’ 

Victoria Hammond Interiors is located in a delightful village setting in Canterbury, Kent, just 56 minutes train journey from London St Pancras International. We have an interior design showroom, curtain making and training workrooms, beautiful mediterranean garden, and onsite accommodation; it is a creative welcoming environment where students can relax and focus on their studies and feel at home. Our Academy teaches 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 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 field. 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.

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