Whether you want to upholster an old footstool, recover and revise a lampshade and stand, use decoupage to create a quirky chest of drawers or desk, make a roman blind or simply learn to use a sewing machine....this is the workshop for you! Lucy has oodles of skills and ideas to inspire you!
From decoupage, paint effects, fabric application and quirky design concepts, this workshop will give you the skills and inspiration to transform your interior product.
As well as learning many skills and techniques from Lucy you will also gain inspiration and ideas from students working on other projects.
This one day workshop is not suitable for large pieces of furniture (Winged back chairs, 3 piece suites!) and internal repair.
Possible workshop skills:
-Furniture painting and techniques (A chance to make your own chalk paint!)
-Cushions (Piped, zipped, buttons.....)
-Lampshade recovering (various techniques)
-Sewing skills (Hand and Machine)
-Pattern and texture/colour concepts
Lucy Renshaw runs her Interior design and soft furnishing workshops and business from her renovated 17th Century colourful home in the Derbyshire Dales.
Lucy is a Royal College of Art graduate with 17 years experience in her field. She now tutors Interior Design at Nottingham Trent University and has experience in Contemporary Upholstery, Soft Furnishings, Furniture design, Design Consultancy and Mixed Media Textiles.
Over the years Lucy has exhibited at various trade shows, including Maison et Objet, Paris. ICFF, New York and has also completed commissions for Liberty London and Colin Firths Eco Age, as well as being commissioned to write a book about her design concepts - 'Mixed Media and Found Materials.' (A&C Black)
Lucy is known for her bold use of colour and pattern and has a passion for working with reclaimed materials.
Inspirational classes to suit all abilities with experienced tutoring in a relaxed environment.
Lucy also runs Interior Design and colour workshops, which are very practical and could be used in conjunction with this course.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All prep materials, but you will need to bring a chosen project/piece of furniture. A wide variety of fabrics and paints are available, but please bring along preferred colours and top fabrics.
If you are struggling to find a furniture piece, Lucy can help, so get in touch.
Please bring along your own lunch......Lucy will provide plenty of tea and home made cake!
1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)
After completing Lucy's online Interior Design course, I was inspired to learn more about how to transform a home with sustainability in mind. Lucy's upholstery course was perfect for this. It was great to be able to take along a project of my choice and I learnt lots of skills and techniques in a truly beautiful setting. Lucy is very welcoming, patient and encouraging and her homemade cakes are just delicious!
Response from Lucy Renshaw:Thank you so much for your kind words! Keep me posted with your creations! Xxx
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Lucy. I learnt so much and I am delighted with the footstool I re-upholstered with Lucy's guidance. Lovely location, great facilities and very knowledgeable teacher. It was also really nice to have home-baked cakes and lovely hot pots of tea - a wonderful treat and definitely recommended :)
Response from Lucy Renshaw:Thanks so much for your review! It was lovely to meet you x
Had a fabulous time and learnt so much that can’t wait to try it all out on various pieces of reclaimed furniture - great space to work in with great cakes and coffee to keep you going - thanks for the great experience
Response from Lucy Renshaw:Thanks so much for a lovely review....good luck with all your ideas and business venture. You have natural skills and great ideas!x
Fabulous day - I learnt so many new skills in just one day and really enjoyed the relaxed and welcoming environment. Great cakes too!
I had a lovely day with Lucy. The course was fabulous, I was a novice in upholstery but Lucy made me feel confident enough to start to tackle the chair I brought it.
Definitely would recommend and will attend another course when I have time.
Thank you for a really enjoyable day on the up-cycling workshop. To work in such a lovely location and with like-minded people was fantastic. Lucy gave me lots of guidance and tips on completing my project and has inspired me to carry on up-cycling at home.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with & learn from you & your wealth of Knowledge of all things interior & love of colour too.
In my case your generosity in sharing your knowledge of upholstering, your advice, encouragement & help throughout the day to not only myself, but also the other 2 Lovely Ladies & their projects & being able to listen & watch (at times) & learn what you were teaching & advising them as well. To now have such a wonderful & beautiful piece of furniture that I will treasure & enjoy forever, as will my family & fur babies in the most stunningly beautiful & magical Fabric, almost ever, by Emma Shipley.
I’ve always loved colour, describing myself as a ‘Colour Freak’ (in the nicest possible way!!) but only realised of late just how much not only my house but especially myself, my choice in the colours I use in our house & my choices of clothes, both style but especially colour has changed & how that change has impacted both my physical & mental health in such a negative way.
I used to love & be so passionate about & not worry about what others thought or said about ‘My Style’, but unfortunately the realisation of late that some time ago that did in fact change, & I was indeed & had in fact completely changed everything because of others.
No more.....I have begun to find ‘Me’ again & started searching for ‘The Things’ that make ‘Me’ happy & that very much does include Colour! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💖💜🖤🤍🤎
My journey only began recently & have to be careful not to put my foot pedal to the floor & go at full throttle & to take my time & dip my paint brush, as it were into carefully chosen projects, activities & choosing like minded people like myself & yourself that share a love & passion of similar things, especially colour & making & creating & animals, especially cats. 🐈
From the bottom of my Heart Lucy, thank you for such a wonderful day & for not only sharing your knowledge but sharing your Incredible Space. A safe space, such a beautiful & incredibly inspiring place crammed full with so many magical ✨ delights, including the ‘man in the shower!!’ And for plying us with Tea & Delicious Cakes ☕️🧁🍰 & even inviting us into your beautiful colour drenched home for a truly scrumptious homemade soup 🍵 & bread 🍞 & a gorgeous ginger marmalade cat, Paddington & Mr Brown of course. 🐈🧡🐈
For absolutely everything dear Lucy, thank you. 👩🏻❤️👩🏼
I cannot wait to visit & attend what I hope will be many more wonderful & inspiring courses with you, if you will have me? 🐾
I truly cannot recommend enough what you do & what you have created & I personally am so very pleased to have found you & proud of myself too, as I conquered many things the day I attended your course. To come away with such a beatiful piece of re-upholstered furniture is, for me almost beyond comprehension & a bonus. 👩🏻❤️👩🏼
This is the second of Lucy's day's I've attended and had terrific fun at each one. Lucy creates a really warm and friendly atmosphere, in a beautiful setting, where everyone just supports each other and shares their ideas and projects. There is no such thing as a silly question and Lucy is extremely patient and shows you how to achieve your project and learn from anything she is showing to others. Not to mention that you are plied with delicious home made cake all day and a lovely home-cooked lunch. I enjoyed every minute of the day and the time flew. I would highly recommend Lucy's courses - a great day out and I have learned a lot.
A really enjoyable day. Lucy was very knowledgeable and helpful. A lovely setting for the course and really great food (lunch and cake). The day flew by. I now feel confident to finish my project at home (making covers for a 2 seat sofa) having learnt how to make piping and invisible zips.
I had a lovely day.
Lucy was informative and helpful giving me the confidence to continue with projects at home. The work area was also lovely with a good selection of tools and materials.
Lucy provided plenty of refreshments and a lovely lunch in her kitchen.
I managed to complete my project and will use the knowledge and skills going forward.
Thank you Lucy
I had a really fun day, re-upholstering a chair with Lucy's expert help. It made me feel much more confident about doing projects at home, as Lucy provided lots of tips and helped me hone my skills. Her craft room is a really lovely place to be creative, and she provided a fantastic lunch with lots of tea and cake in between! Would high recommend, thank you Lucy!
I had an amazing day on this course!
Lucy is so welcoming and the studio and workshop were great to work in. It was nice seeing what the other girls projects were too, you get more ideas and inspiration. I painted and recovered an old dinning chair and was thinking about trying my project out at home but am so glad I didnt as I wouldn't have been so bold in my choice of fabric had I been left to my own devices. It was a 150 mile trip but I'd do it again.
Thanks Lucy! X
What a lovely way to learn in an quiet rural setting with a knowledgeable teacher. What I appreciated was that we all had different projects so were able to learn about more than just that which we took with us to work on. Lovely cake and lunch too!
Would recommend Lucy.
Lucy is a warm, supportive and encouraging teacher. I felt immediately at ease in her company and in her wonderful studio where she guided us all through our individual projects and imparted lots of honest and helpful advice. She was really encouraging and respectful of everyone's different tastes and ideas. The day flew by as it was so much fun and so engaging getting stuck into something creative with the help of a knowledgeable teacher. My project was quite ambitious, but Lucy made sure I knew what to do to finish it at home, and I know the offer to email her if I needed any help was a genuine one. I picked up so many different tips and ideas throughout the day from her and the other two students, who were also lovely. I went by myself as my friend wasn't able to make it in the end, but you can pretty much guarantee you'll be in great company!
Thank you Lucy, hope to see you again! Kate X
Another excellent day of practical guidance from the get go. I was sanding straight off and learning how to take upholstery apart, and then putting together a great updated seat cushion to my chair. Seeing Lucy guide other attendees tackling other projects also taught me more about the skills. Lucy is an attentive and practical teacher who creates a very happy and safe learning environment with plenty of inspiring ideas and encouragement.
What a day!! Venue and catering were brilliant, but the course itself was even better!! Lucy is so knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. I could not recommend this course enough!!
A brilliant day, I wanted to create some ideas for printing on fabric with a view to making a few home accessories. Lucy provided some great equipment and helped me to start designing my ideas. It’s a fun and creative space and the lovely cake and lunch was a real treat. I left feeling very inspired and looking forward to making up my fabric. Will certainly be booking on this course again.
This upholstery course was excellent. Lucy is a talented, inspiring but at the same time kind teacher. She creates a relaxed and welcoming environment. The venue is a beautiful rural idyll to escape to and Lucy’s home cooked lunch and cakes are delicious. I feel I’ve learned a lot today having upholstered an old rocking chair with Lucy’s help and guidance. Lucy has great style and I will be back for more on the interior design courses!
It was really good. Lucy was really helpful and the environment really lovely, welcoming and friendly
Fantastic setting and studio space and an experienced, enthusiastic tutor. Lucy was the perfect host and divided her time and attention equally amongst the four of us whilst managing to serve a delicious lunch and delivering drinks and cakes. Came away with my chair seat reupholstered and the knowledge and skills to complete another one at home. Chair was sanded, primed and ready to paint and colour scheme discussed within the day.
Loved the whole day. I went with the expectation of not finishing my project but I did and now its given me the inspiration to do more at home. Asolutely recommend this. Thanks Lucy
Lucy is a great tutor, great tips and so patient. I loved the day and feel so much more confident to have a go in my own. Homemade cakes in abundance served on beautiful plates, tea coffee and the most delicious lunch . Just a fabulous day with wonderful company.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Given me confidence to just got going on projects. Conversation, lunch and cake were fab too. Thank you Lucy.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had at the upholstery workshop with Lucy.
Lucy has created a lovely venue and a friendly and relaxed environment to work in.
She was enthusiastic about her craft and willingly shared her experience providing valuable advice and encouragement to everyone.
We were allowed to work at our own pace on our individual pieces sustained by an ample supply of excellent cakes and tea or coffee during the day. A tasty lunch was also provided in her kitchen.
The day flew by and I was sorry when it was time to leave.
I would definitely recommend this workshop - I left feeling more confident and inspired to attempt more projects in the future
I would definitely attend again given half the chance!
A superb course. Lucy not only made us all feel welcomed into her home and her workspace, but also supported each of us throughout the day with her deep technical and very practical knowledge. She has a great sense of style and in particular use of colour and fabrics and Lucy encouraged us all to embrace our own sense of creativity. Couldn’t fault the day and have gone on to complete my project and take on new ones. Just fantastic ... and my family are very impressed with my new found confidence to start different projects. Thoroughly recommend the day.
Expert practical advice in a lovely environment. Lucy made sure we all progressed on our different projects and learned new skills. Thank you so much Lucy.
I totally enjoyed every moment of The Upholstery Course I attended, the venue was fabulous, Lucy was a knowledgeable instructor and a lovely lady. She made learning really enjoyable and was able to demonstrate what needed to be done in an enjoyable way. Homemade cake and coffee on arrival was a hit with me, and homemade soup for lunch was very tasty. I finished my project on the day, and I am now eager to learn more and would love to attend another course.
An extremely enjoyable day at Lucy’s cosy home learning new upholstery skills, chatting with some lovely people and eating delicious soup and cakes - a perfect way to spend a Saturday. Lucy was most attentive and very knowledgeable in a relaxed setting and I was very pleased with the progress I made on re-upholstering my vanity chair. I would love to return for another workshop.
Thank you so much to Lucy and my fellow "upcyclers" for a most enjoyable day last week. Lucy provides an idyllic location and set up in her lovely homely kitchen and is full of inspiration and know-how! The day was so relaxed, fitting in cake breaks and a delicious bowl of soup, yet we all achieved such a lot! I wish I could go back every month!
What a wonderful day I had,after meeting the other girls on the course we started our very different projects.Lucy gave us all her undivided attention and I managed to come home with 2 finished items.We also had a lovely homemade lunch (soup and bread) plus plenty of drinks and cake supplied through the day.
I have already decided to come again with a friend.Thanks again Lucy.
I had the most enjoyable day with like-minded people. Lucy Renshaw is the most lovely person you could meet! So sociable, friendly and talented. It was a wonderful environment to be in. Working in such a small group, Lucy was able to give us her undivided attention at all times. Hoping to do another project soon.
Enjoyed a lovely day here with Lucy. With her knowledge and expertise I was able to complete my project in the day. Such a lovely environment to be creative, helped a long with plenty of refreshments and good food. An all round great experience!
Amazing day spent on this course i learned loads and came away with a newly upholtered chair and the confidence to do more. Very welcoming and lovely environment and Lucy gives great advice. Will definately be back for more!
Lovely day very relaxed atmosphere, managed to complete my project with help and support from Lucy
I am writing this on behalf of my clients as I accompanied them as an interpreter in the course.
Mr. and Mrs. Sato had a great time. Thank you so much, Lucy.
They have already started thinking about the futue plan to come back from Japan to take your other courses.
It was also such a lovely experience for them to learn upholstery in a private home with a beautiful setting.
I am sure they will be back.
Absolutely loved my day at Lucy Renshaw’s upholstery day...so proud of everything I did...so helpful...Lucy has given me the confidence to go out and buy a staple gun! I would def say to anyone who has an interest in having a go....Go...you will love it.
Fantastic day! Lucy was so adaptable to everyone’s ideas for projects, would love to go back. Idyllic setting and lovely food. Very attentive tutor who has all the right tools and materials.
I had a wonderful time starting my project on lucy’s course. It was a relaxing and informal day. It was great to see other people’s different projects to get ideas and inspiration. Although my project was too big for a day course, I left with the confidence to finish it at home. Thank you Lucy
Really enjoyed the day. It’s the 2nd upholstery day I’ve done with Lucy and I’m thrilled with results from both.
Covered a tub chair this time and although I didn’t get it finished Lucy gave me all the info I needed to complete the project at home.
Lucy is very patient, professional and has excellent skills.
I would definitely recommend her courses.
A great birthday treat!
Great to work in a creative environment with such good support. Lucy has lots of expertise, ideas and has a relaxed and homely place for you to work in. The day flew by, I loved sharing it with my daughter, friend and another crafter. I left with something that far exceeded my expectations!
We plan for this to be at least an annual experience - can't wait
Thank you so much Lucy.
three of us went for the day last saturday and had a brilliant time. We all came home with nearly completed projects... we will be going again soon!
I recently spent a day with Lucy in her beautiful home in the Derbyshire countryside. Lucy was so welcoming, encouraging, and lunch tea and cake was lovely! I throughly recommend attending one of her workshops, to spend a day engrossed in a project with such support was so therapeutic. I am hooked and totally want to return with another project .
Thank you Lucy for such a lovely day.
I booked Lucy for an upholstery course for my Step Mums Birthday. It was a fantastic day with us all up cycling our pieces.
Lucy gave excellent tuition, provided ideas, shared materials and made a lovely lunch. Working in her kitchen you get a real family feel looking out on rolling fields that create a really relaxed atmosphere.
We now want to make it a yearly retreat!!
I’m really please with my project too.
Thank you Lucy !
I wanted to learn upholstery for an A Level project I was studying at school. Lucy helped me produce a fantastic upholstered chair. Her tips and expertise helped me gain confidence to complete my project in school to a high standard! The day was relaxed and good fun, the lunch was amazing! Thank you Lucy.
Spent a day with Lucy recently in her lovely home on an upholstery project. As someone relatively new to this Lucy proved to be an excellent teacher and I learned lots of new skills. The day was informative, interesting , enjoyable and productive and I achieved what I hoped to on the day.
Thank you also for the lovely lunch and cakes!
What a really enjoyable day! Very welcoming, Lucy was attentive, informative and patient. As a complete 're-upholstery' novice, Lucy shared tips and guidance from which tools were needed for my project (antique piano stool which need stripping and re-covering) to next steps to make this into an on-going hobby. The tea, cake and soup were also fantastic ! Thank you Lucy.
I really enjoyed the day and despite having a large project (which Lucy had warned me beforehand would not be feasible to finish on the day ) , the day and tuition gave me new skills and confidence to tackle something I'd never have started on my own - and am now well on the way to completing. it was great fun learning from others projects too ; really worthwhile day thank you !
What an amazing day. I am so proud of the chair I reupholstered.
Lucy was inspiring, attentive and so happy to pass her knowledge on. I learned so much from her, not just through her help and advice on my project but also through her help and advice to the other person on the course.
I very nearly finished my chair on the course but with the skills learned I had no problems finishing off the following day at home. Thank you Lucy
Fabulous day at Lucy’s lovely Home. The course is fantastic, very friendly and welcoming and Lucy is very knowledgeable!
We had such a great day with Lucy! I tackled a chair project I wouldn't have figured out on my own and learned lots of skills for future projects. The setting was picturesque and relaxed and Lucy was full of knowledge and a great teacher. The group of ladies on the day were lovely, and the homemade lunch and cake was delicious.
I will be booking onto another course in the future.
A fabulous day learning to upholster dining chairs in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Lucy is a super teacher - warm, supportive and encouraging. So kind going the extra mile to lend me her tools so I can finish off at home -much appreciated! As mentioned in other reviews, the coffee, cake and such are amazing and really add to a great experience. Will definitely be back with another project.
I had a really enjoyable and productive day - a great introduction to upholstery in lovely surroundings and with the relaxed guidance Lucy dispenses as freely as the tea and cake. Managed to get four drop-in seats reupholstered to a better standard than I thought possible for a first attempt, plus a piano stool seat 80% done without rushing.
Although it was all new to me, it was quite therapeutic when I got into it and the day seemed to flash by. The resources, tools, materials and ambience are all excellent, but Lucy provides the spark and has the know-how to make it into a splendid day.
Wonderful place for creative workshops set in the heart of Derbyshire. Lucy gives a very warm welcome and the whole day is punctuated by frequent hot drinks, home-made cakes and also a really tasty lunch. It was very interesting to see the various projects that students were involved in and glean snippets of useful information. Lucy is very generous with her advice, not just on how to make things, but where to find the best bargains or recycling centres. I needed some follow up advice from Lucy and she replied very promptly - all in all a very enjoyable workshop.
My friends and I had a fabulous day on the upholstery course. A beautiful setting at Lucy's home with home made cakes endless cups of tea and a hearty lunch. Lucy's knowledge, skill and patience helped us all. As beginners we did not know what to expect but found we quickly began to learn and we were all really pleased with our results. I am definitely going to book another course.
Thank you Lucy x
Great way to spend a day with girlfriends in beautiful surroundings along with delicious homemade cakes and lunch. We had lots of fun as well as producing some nice pieces. Lucy was lovely and really helpful and patient. As a complete novice I personally learnt an incredible amount and I’ve now definitely been bitten by the Upholstery bug. Looking forward to my next project. Thank you Lucy
Probably worth admitting upfront that I'm a returning customer on Lucy's workshops - which is a good review in itself! As ever, the day flew by with Lucy being attentive, knowledgeable, helpful and keeping us supplied with delicious lunch and cake!
I think that Lucy gets the balance just right - you want to come away feeling like you've achieved something and learnt new skills but equally (for me at least) the day feels like a treat and not all hard work.
I find that every time I attend one of Lucy's workshops, I come away inspired by new ideas, both from Lucy herself and the other attendees. I think it's a real positive that people take different projects as it gives an opportunity to pick up different tips throughout the day.
I came away from the day with a recovered seat pad for a drop-seat chair, a new cushion to brighten up my living room, an enthusiasm to start a project I've been putting off for over a year and a smile on my face!
Having practised upholstery a few years ago I had the opportunity to return to it when my son said he needed a chair re-upholstering. Just the excuse I needed to take it up again now that I am retired. I decided that I needed a kick start to help me get underway so I attended one of Lucy's workshops. I knew that it was a huge project to undertake in one day but with the help and guidance I received from Lucy before, during and after the course, she has given me the confidence to achieve my goal. On the day I benefitted from learning new skills and techniques combined with Lucy's advice, help and enthusiasm. I was impressed with Lucy's breadth of knowledge which enabled her to work with the different projects on the day. Lucy's hospitality was perfect. She baked some delicious cakes and scones and made a wholesome soup for lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the company and the relaxed environment of her beautiful home. I was exhausted at the end of the day having achieved so much. I look forward to attending another course next year.
What a fabulous day we had on Lucy’s Upholstery Workshop. A beautiful venue, a warm welcome & a cuppa and we were off. Ideas, materials & fabrics, tools and lots of expert advice we’re all readily available from Lucy. The day flew by and after a lunch of homemade soup & breads, we were all itching to crack on and we all achieved completed projects by the end of the day. Lucy was always there to guide us in a caring & creative way. And now we have all caught the ‘Lucy Renshaw creative bug’, we can’t wait to put our new skills into practice & to do more workshops with Lucy.
What a fantastic day - Lucy was so helpful and experienced. The venue was perfect, she had loads of tips and tricks. She has lots of materials and extras that helped us shape and create our upholstery projects. I so wish I could post a before and after picture of my blanket box.
Lucy made us a perfect home cooked lunch and she fuelled us with home made scones and tea coming out of our ears all day.
The best thing was we all had different projects and different levels of experience - and Lucy adapted her style to all of us. She was patient, knowledgeable, creative and had loads of tip, tricks and work arounds. I highly recommend the whole experience and one I am going to repeat.
I enjoyed the course immensely, Lucy made me feel welcome and it helped that the other participants were super friendly and helpful as I managed to learn a lot from their individual projects. Lucy was keen to share as much as she could possibly could and no question is a silly question either. I came away having learnt how to sand down a chair, decoupage (both paper and material) on a chair and a picture frame and reupholstering a dining room chair. As well as observing whilst others were being explained the various steps. Lovely snacks and lunch available. I highly recommend this course.
Lucy made me very welcome; right from the moment of first contact.
Her enthusiasm and expertise twinned with encouragement and guidance made for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
If I lived closer to Lucy, I would be back often. The home cooked food was also delicious.
Fabulous class - our second time as we enjoyed it so much before. Even better this time with brilliant instruction, great company, lovely surroundings and home made food - what more could you ask!
Lucy lives in a beautiful part of Derbyshire and invites attendees into her lovely home, which is set up perfectly for small workshops, which means you almost get 1-2-1 guidance and assistance on your chosen project. It is a fun, relaxing day and I think it works really well other folk bringing different projects as it means you get to learn from each other. I would highly recommend a day with Lucy, she gave me lots of practical advice and showed me plenty of techniques. It was a joy!
I had an excellent day with Lucy and came away with a reupholstered chair which I was very happy with. Learnt a number of useful tips; I"m looking forward to starting another project.
Wonderful location in Lucy's beautiful home with a wonderful lunch served on the terrace.
A perfect day
Great day. Lucy is excellent at holding a workshop. Friendly,
Relaxed flexible attitude to everything and everyone. She could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. An intimate experience in Lucy's home, with great input and
assistance as required. Lunch prepared by Lucy, in her garden was a definite bonus, the food was delicious, and the
amount of 'time out' just right, as the afternoon raced by to 4pm. I didn't quite finish my upholstery project, but was
Confident enough to do the last bit at home. Lucy made sure
we all got as much done in the time as we could, without 'pressure'.
Absolutely loved the course, Lucy is a great teacher. Classes are nice and small (only 4 on the upholstery & upcycling I attended). We all happened to bring a chair each but they were all completely different. Lunch (& cakes) provided were home-made and superb, we even sat outside to eat in the lovely garden. I enjoyed the course so much I have booked the Interior Design course!
What a lovely day, Lucy was so helpful and patient. She gave us a delicious lunch. I managed to finish my project and learnt so much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one day upholstery course, learnt lots of different upholstery techniques as well as some sewing techniques & shortcuts. Was made to feel very welcome & homemade soup & cake was delicious. Lovely location. I will definately be attending again & will recommend to family & friends.
Lucy is very welcoming and an excellent teacher. I had a brilliant day and learnt lots of new skills. Lucy made everything seem so easy. I made buttons for my footstool and piping for cushion covers. Things i always thought were too difficult. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day with delicious homemade cake and lunch. I would definitely recommend the courses and hope to go back myself.
What a fabulous day resulting in the successful completion of a project involving a king-size headboard. This was a great personal achievement with thanks to Lucy for her knowledge, patience and advice. The bonus of a beautiful setting with a delicious lunch and cakes throughout the day made the experience most enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending the course
A thoroughly enjoyable and productive upcycling day with a welcoming friendly tutor in a delightful relaxed environment in beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The addition of a tasty lunch and delicious home made cake made the day complete.
Wonderfully practical for a total novice like myself. I had very little confidence(and nearly didn't go) as this is a totally new arena for me. Kevin came too and he did the sanding and painting.
The very small class (3 of us) was perfect as I think if there were more people, it could be irritating I you had to wait for help. Wonderful homemade cakes and flapjacks served too!
We left at the end with some pretty passable creations: a wrecked footstool destined for the tip became a rejuvenated piece that will sell; a tatty cheap chair with an upholstered seat looks amazing now with a new lease of life - and a boring brown nest of tables began to become interesting again with paint and decoupage applied!
Highly recommend this course and can't wait to go again! Hope to take some others with us next time as it was such fun, so perfect for a corporate small team-building day out. :-)
Absolutely loved the course. Lucy is a good Tutor and excellent host .
I am very pleased with the result of my project , which was upholstering an 100 year old dining room chair. Lucy's advise not to paint the chair but just strip it down to the natural wood proved right.
My 17 year old daughter also enjoyed it very much and felt treated as an adult.
Superb day in every way! This was my first visit to Lucy's and was a bit nervous but Lucy is so friendly and welcoming and her knowledge is exceptional; she is full of patience and whilst I was concentrating on my project ( a Roman blind) Lucy manages to advise / assist the other ladies but was always on hand to answer questions or help out. We all had different projects and it was great seeing other people's ideas. I managed to go home with a completed blind and the confidence to make more. We were also spoilt with lovely home cooked lunch with plenty of tea and cakes. A thoroughly relaxing day which I hope to repeat again soon.
Had a really lovely day getting creative on Lucy's course. She had some great ideas and was very knowledgeable. I took a couple of wooden storage trays looking for inspiration, I was very pleased with the results ending up with a lovely piece of furniture. Highly recommended, very relaxed and the home made soup was delicious. Thanks Lucy, I hope to be back for another course.
Absolutely loved my day with Lucy. I spent the day transforming an old coffee table with decoupage and a paint effect. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable about all sorts of techniques and I learned loads from listening to the other ladies on the course as well as my own project. Lovely lunch and homemade cakes too!
Another excellent course with Lucy. Really enjoyed learning how to decoupage and Lucy's artistic eye really helped me to produce a great tray which I'm really proud of. Her knowledge is extensive and she is always so warm and helpful. Great teaching, great environment and great food!!
A fantastic day! I really enjoyed the whole experience. Lucy provided an excellent relaxed environment to work, as well as a delicious lunch and homemade cakes. I learnt many new skills, both through my own project and through the other students work. Lucy was always on hand to help and offer advice. I came away with not only a finished piece of work, but the inspiration and confidence to begin other projects. Will certainly try to attend another of Lucy's courses in the future!
This was my second upholstery day with Lucy: I had progressed from footstool to dining room chair! Brilliant day: suddenly in the last hour it all comes together and we each finished our projects. Superb informal but focused day: so many tips and techniques learnt as we went along. Really lovely homemade cakes and lunch too. A day with Lucy is a great inspiration - I left with my transformed chair, motivated to get on with my next project. Thank you, thank you..
What a fantastic day!! We had great fun with a very friendly and clearly extremely knowledgeable tutor. The environment that Lucy provides is perfect in her beautiful home with homemade cakes and cups of tea on tap! I was so pleased with the result of my day and would love to do a longer course next time to tackle a bigger project.
I found the day a real treat. Enjoyable, relaxing and lots to learn. Lovely food and good tuition. We all finished the day feeling we had really achieved something. I hope to return for another workshop.
Totally brilliant day at Lucy's house ! She was warm, friendly, interested in our projects, and so knowledgeable. I was amazed at how much we achieved in the day, supported by great food and regular tea and coffee. It really helped to have sewing machine skills, but Lucy was very helpful if people didn't.. I'd recommend this course to anyone interested in furniture.. thanks so much.
Enjoyed a fantastic day on the course with Lucy in her beautiful home. As a complete beginner I had been a little nervous beforehand but Lucy was great- clear, calm and patient and there was a really relaxed atmosphere. There was also great food and endless drinks. I learnt a lot and feel really inspired. Lucy was very generous with her help, advice/ tips and her time and is clearly able to tailor her approach to the needs and level of each person in the group. She also made sure that even beginners like me came out with a product to be proud of. I would not hesitate to recommend Lucy's workshops.
I really enjoyed the upcycling day. I had a lot of fun whilst learning new skills and doing something I love.
Thanks Lucy! x
(P.S The cake was really good!)
Really enjoyed our day with Lucy, she is incredibly welcoming and very knowledgable. It was a lovely relaxed environment- we felt like we were on holiday!
Thanks so much- I look forward to coming to one of your evening classes!