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One day upholstery workshops to make a footstool or headboard

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About the Course

Make your own footstool or headboard in just one day in the relaxed rural setting of the Lune Valley just south of Kirkby Lonsdale, on the border of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Or bring a dining chair to re-cover if you prefer. All the upholstery workshops are guided by Sue Marsden.

Sue is the owner of Tuffett and makes bespoke footstools for clients throughout the UK. She also teaches upholstery and runs weekly classes. These one-day classes are for those who live further away or who haven’t the time to come weekly. No previous experience is needed.

Sue’s workshop overlooks glorious countryside and is a light and airy space with a wood burning stove for colder days. You will take home your completed project having enjoyed a fun day out and learned new skills for life.

You can choose which size of footstool or headboard you would like to make and Sue will prepare the base and provide all the equipment and materials you need. You will need to bring 1m of your chosen top fabric which Sue can help you to source when you book the class.

You will have individual attention to ensure you can progress at your own speed and there will be no more than three guests on the day. Come with friends and make your own group if you wish. There is a 10% discount if you are booking for two or more people.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tuition and all the materials, tools and equipment you will need (apart from the top fabric).

Tea, fresh coffee, cake and fresh fruit will be provided throughout the day. Lunch can be enjoyed at an excellent local café (Wray Tearooms) in a converted barn in the village where you can enjoy great home-cooked food taken by a roaring fire in winter or by the river in warmer weather. There is also a charming small garden centre next to the café, with a shop for home and garden. Lunch is not included in the price but a table will be reserved for you at the nearby café.

There is an additional cost for the base and materials for your chosen project. This will range from £20 for your own dining chair, £35 for a new small footstool or £45 for a new single headboard.

The price includes short legs (up to 15cm) of various designs for your footstool. You also have the option of legs you can paint yourself if you prefer. You can also choose more expensive longer legs from a wide range of beautifully turned and stained designs, and even hand-turned legs in ancient oak, beech or mahogany if you wish. These various options would add £20 to £45 to the footstool cost. Sue will send you all the information to help you choose.

If you are a beginner then a smaller footstool would be best, for example 35 x 35cm or 45 x 40cm. A single headboard no bigger than 90cm x 60cm is also recommended as your first project.

If you have an ambition to make a larger footstool, or to do buttoning, or make a larger headboard then you will need to come for a second day which can be a Saturday or a Thursday, which will attract a 10% discount.


Sue Marsden at Tuffett
Far Corner Cottage
Tatham, Lancaster
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Had a really enjoyable day and felt so proud to take home a professional looking footstool. Every step of the process was done under Sue's watchful eye and her supportive tips inspire confidence. Looking forward to my next upholstery project.

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- - #28263

Response from Tuffett:

Thank you Mandy. You made a lovely job of your footstool and you should be very proud. Best wishes, Sue

I spent a lovely and very productive day making a footstool at Tuffett. The tuition was excellent and Sue divided her time between the four of us equally. Initially we were introduced to the tools and basic techniques and then set to on our own footstools. Sue was very patient and supportive and we were all proud of what we had produced. The setting is fabulous and we were fortunate to be able to sit outside for our breaks enjoying the views, good conversation and entertainment provided by the dogs and ducks. I would thoroughly recommend this course.

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- - #23560

Response from Tuffett:

Thanks Kate. It was lovely to have you here and you made a great job of your footstool.

An excellent day out, well hosted by Sue, who is an excellent tutor. I learned so much and am now looking forward to putting my new skills to use. Highly recommended.

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- - #23378

Response from Tuffett:

Thanks very much Bob. It's rare to have a chap on the workshops so it was good to have you here. So pleased you enjoyed it and I expect to see you making more now you know the techniques.

Having never tried upholstery before, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sue is a fabulous teacher with a vast amount of experience. I made a footstool which has been complimented on numerous times. I am now looking at attending another course and bringing along a couple of friends. Every step is explained and demonstrated. A very worthwhile course.

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- - #19766

Response from Tuffett:

Thank you so much for your lovely review Lesley. It was a pleasure to have you on the workshop and I look forward to you coming again on 30th March with your two friends. We shall have another fun day!

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