Hello, we hope you are all well and safe.
We are delighted to announce we are now back up and running and hope you will find our workshops a welcome delight after the very difficult times we have all had.
Learn the wonderful craft of upholstery (no previous experience needed) by making and upholstering a lovely footstool from scratch in one day to take home with you whilst making some new like minded friends in a relaxed, supportive and beautiful environment.
Come along to one of our one day (10am to 3pm) fun and friendly Upholstery Workshops in the picturesque village of Billinge on the outskirts of Wigan.
Ideal for complete beginners, or for people who have dabbled in upholstery previously. You will learn the basic skills of upholstery and all about the tools and techniques required so you can continue with your own projects at home.
A small group of no more than 6, therefore you will receive one to one instruction for much of the time.
All you will need to bring is some lovely fabric to cover your footstool. You will be able to choose the style and height of your bun feet and you will paint or wax the bun feet in a colour / shade / style of your choice to complement your fabric.
I will be there every step of the way to guide you and to take you through the process at your pace. With such a small group, there is plenty of time for one to one discussion. Full workshop notes on techniques, tools and materials and where to buy will be provided.
N.B. Please note Billinge is a new venue for us, and the reviews mentioned for this course refer to exactly the same course previously held at The Centre in Poynton.
For more information or to book a place please contact Joanne via the links above.
I look forward to meeting you and to spending an enjoyable and creative day with you.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools, legs/feet and materials to make your footstool are provided and are included in the price except bring a 1 metre piece of your favourite fabric to cover your footstool. Should you need any guidance with this, please get in touch.
The price also includes lovely homemade cakes, cream scones, biscuits, tea and coffee throughout the day. Lunch is not included in the price so please bring some lunch with you.
Parking is available free of charge at the venue.
Please come in comfortable clothing and ideally an apron (not essential). Also comfortable shoes.
We are extremely proud of the lovely reviews we have received from people attending previous workshops. Please take a look in The Boho Shed review section.
Should you choose to join us on this workshop, I look forward to meeting you and sharing a lovely and creative day with you.
This is the Upholstery Workshop. We also run Level 1 Furniture Painting Workshop for beginners/intermediates for those of you who would like to learn some all-round skills. Please see our other 'The Boho Shed' course listings here on the Craft Courses site.
Joanne (The Boho Shed).
1 day (10:00am to 3:00pm)
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1 day (10:00am to 3:00pm)
Attended the footstool upholstery workshop this weekend, small group of ladies, very nice location. Jo is a lovely teacher, giving step by step instruction as we progressed making a footstool, lots of useful advice and help. There was a wonderful afternoon tea available and refreshments on hand all day.
I would definetly reccommend one of Jo's workshops and I made a beautiful footstool which i am very proud of and look forward to doing further upholstery projects.
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you want to do more upholstery projects following the workshop Andrea. That tells me you were inspired which is wonderful. Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate them. Jo x
Had a brilliant day yesterday on the footstool making workshop in Preston. Jo was friendly, helpful and patient and I feel very proud to have made such a lovely little footstool. Fabulous afternoon tea too!
Response from The Boho Shed:You did a fantastic job of your footstool Lisa and you were a pleasure to teach. Thank you for your lovely comments. x
This was a fun and instructive workshop, which has given me the skills to finally reupholster a couple of footstools that I've been meaning to do for years!
I would definitely recommend Jo and this workshop. I'm now booked on to one of her furniture painting workshops 😊
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much for your lovely review Daniela and I’m so pleased the three of you have now booked a painting workshop. The best compliment I could receive. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Jo x
Really enjoyed this course - Jo explained everything so well and I was delighted to leave with a fabulous footstool - family were all impressed with it too!
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day, and your lovely footstool Claire. Thank you for your kind words. Jo x
I attended the footstool upholstery course - the second time I have been because I enjoyed it so much! Jo is a fantastic teacher and the small number attending meant everyone could be guided individually as required. Everyone came away with a gorgeous footstool and I am now very keen to attend Jo’s furniture painting course. The venue is lovely and a plentiful supply of Jo’s homemade cakes made it a very enjoyable day indeed.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so very much for your lovely review Sue. It was really great to see you again. I’m so pleased you wanted to come again and I look forward to having more fun at a painting workshop in the future. X
Fantastic course led by a very knowledgeable teacher. Jo explained every step in detail and at the end of the day I was thrilled with my super cute footstool (that is being put to good use). I’ve a new skill. Thanks Jo
…. and the afternoon tea was delicious.
Response from The Boho Shed:I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop Ali and your lovely footstool. Thanks for your kind words and thanks to Cuerden View Cafe for the usual delicious afternoon tea.
Educational and fun course is such beautiful settings. Thanks so much Jo for a really good day....I love my foot stool!!!
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day Simone. Your footstool is gorgeous!
Really enjoyed the day making a footstool, very relaxed , Jo is very welcoming and an excellent teacher! Very friendly, informal and beautiful venue - would definitely recommend this course x
Response from The Boho Shed:Wow! Thank you Chris for your very kind words. I'm so please you enjoyed it.
I did the 1 day upholstery course at Grappenhall. Jo was fab, very attentive and welcoming. Put me at ease as a complete novice! Lovely and social too meeting other ladies, having a few cuppas and cake too. Made a lovely footstool and am feeling more confident doing other bits around the house now after the advice Jo provided. Would highly recommend.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely review Lucia. It's great to hear you feel more confident to continue your upholstery skills at home. Let me know how you get on.
A thoroughly enjoyable day with Joanne and fellow “would be upholsterers.” We had excellent tuition and support throughout and all were pleased with their footstools. Gorgeous home made cakes, scones, tea and coffee included in the price were an added bonus. Excellent value for money and good fun.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely words Anne. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and I will pass on your comments to Mum and Aunty (the cake ladies!) x
Thoroughly enjoyed the Footstool workshop with Jo, she is a lovely lady, patient, helpful and supportive. I met a great bunch of ladies, swapping 'crafting' tips all day! My footstool turned out really well, and i would be more than happy to go on other courses run by Jo.
The afternoon tea was also delicious.
A great day!
Response from The Boho Shed:Awww such lovely words, thank you. I really enjoyed the day with all of you. Jo x
Really well organized and great fun. Jo is patient, professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. All i needed was my fabric, everything else was provided, including a fabulous lunch. Will be booking on a painting course very soon!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much Ange, that's so very kind of you. I look forward to painting wiht you soon. Jo x
Had a really great day today on the footstall upholstery workshop.
Wasn’t sure what to expect but learnt a lot, Jo was so helpful and very patient.
Also met some lovely people and had a very enjoyable lunch.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely review Carolyne. What a great day we had. X
I attended the footstool upholstery workshop on Saturday 24th October 2020 at Grappenhall Heys Walled Gardens in South Warrington along with two of my friends. The workshop is held in a potting shed with a kitchen and dining area attached, where you eat your lunch, or you can buy food from the on-site cafe. Tea & coffee is also supplied for you to help yourself to, along with a selection of homemade cakes.
Jo is a very friendly and attentive teacher, nothing is too much trouble. She takes you step by step through the fundamentals of upholstery, giving you the benefit of her knowledge whilst giving top tips on materials and methods. We all brought a one metre piece of material to creat the mini footstool (the cushion is approximately 25 by 30cms). We thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I would highly recommend the workshop to budding upholsterers. Thanks Jo x
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Lindsey for your kind words. I’m delighted you all enjoyed the day.
I attended this workshop for a friends birthday and what an excellent choice we made. Jo was a patient and informative teacher who has given me a skill that I can know do at home. Not only do you have a fantastic and enjoyable day, you learn a new skill, get to take your beautiful footstool home and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as well. Would highly recommend anyone take this workshop no matter what your skill level is.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Linda. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop. What a lovely bunch you were.
I really enjoyed the recent upholstery course at Poynton. We were a small group and the atmosphere was relaxed with Jo on hand to help us all at each stage. Jo is extremely helpful, patient and knowledgable and gave us some great advice and tips to take our new found skills further. The cakes and scones were an added bonus and very much appreciated, thank you Jo’s mum! I am so pleased with my footstool which is so much better than I expected it to be. A great day. Thank you.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Wendy, It always makes my day to receive such a lovely review and my Mum is delighted you enjoyed her cakes. You did a lovely job of your footstool. Enjoy putting your feet up!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day at The Boho Shed in Poynton (The Centre) with Jo. It was just what I was looking for. I attended a Saturday workshop in September 2020, and was so pleased it was running. We were socially distanced as it was a small class due to Covid-19 restrictions. Jo showed us each stage of the process of upholstery clearly and empathized with any difficulties we encountered. All who attended were of a like-mind, and it was a delight to be an a relaxed environment.
I am hoping she will run other classes from Poynton soon as it was a convenient hub for me to travel to and there was dedicated free parking space outside the building. By the way, 'The Centre' is a large village hall with plenty of rooms, a separate kitchen and good toilet facilities. An all-round excellent experience. Well done Jo.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much for your lovely review Liz. That's much appreciated. I'm delighted you enjoyed the day and it was lovely to met you. I am running workshops in Poynton ongoing this year and will be organising more dates for 2021. I hope to see you again at some point for more creativity :-).
I attended the Footstool Upholstery Workshop at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden on 21st February (2020) along with five other ladies who were totally unknown to me. Joanne was the tutor and took us through the process of creating a footstool from scratch. Helped and guided by Joanne's clear and simple step by step instructions, we all managed to make wonderful little footstools to take home with us at the end of the day.
We got on very well and had lots of fun in the process. It was lovely to see how the fabric we had chosen gave a personality to each of the footstools. They looked amazing and we all felt very proud of ourselves when we viewed the finished items.
The workshop took place in a heated potting shed and was very pleasant, despite the inclement weather that day.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop and, of course, Joanne, our excellent teacher.
Response from The Boho Shed:What very kind words Diane. Thank you so much. I am so pleased you enjoyed the workshop. The footstools were all really gorgeous. Thank you for contributing to such a great day.
I really enjoyed our day at Cuerden Valley Park on Saturday. What a gorgeous venue - fantastic 'Afternoon Tea' - lovely group to learn with and great teacher/hostess. Also very pleased with my footstool - soooooo cute - and was so inspired I had a go at my old Bedding box yesterday!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely words Jenny. Great to hear about your bedding box! Please send me a picture.
Thank you for a great day out. Jo was really patient and supportive and all the footstools that we made were fabulous. The size of group and venue was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea
Response from The Boho Shed:You are very welcome Elaine. I am delighted you enjoyed the day and love your footstool. It was great to meet you and your lovely daughters.
I had an excellent day at the footstool upholstery workshop in Cuerden Park today. Jo is a great instructor, very knowledgeble, patient and helpful. And I absolutely love my new footstool!
Response from The Boho Shed:I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day Georgina, thank you for your kind words. It was lovely to meet you and your Mum and sister.
I’ve just completed the upholstery workshop, it was lovely to meet likeminded people and do something you all enjoy, the tutor Joanne was so lovely and very patient allowing you to work at your own pace, she also makes delicious cakes to share with the group, it has given me the skills and confidence to take on a small project myself. I would highly recommend it and will definitely book another workshop soon 😊
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your kind words Lynn! It was lovely to meet you. I am really pleased you feel you can now take on your own upholstery projects at home and I look forward to seeing you again soon on one of my furniture painting workshops.
What a fun and Inspiring day I had at Jo’s footstool workshop yesterday along with the other participants. Jo’s straight forward, inclusive teaching manner led to us all leaving thoroughly delighted with our footstool babies and eager to learn more from Jo at one of her other courses. Thanks so much x
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much Mel. You did a lovely job on your footstool. I had such a great day with you all and I look forward to seeing you again for some painting! 💕
Had a fantastic day today learning to make a footstool with Jo from the boho shed. She is a great teacher -very patient and encouraging and worked at a pace to suit all. I have never done any upholstery before, but Jo walked us through the steps and everyone ended up with a beautiful footstool to be proud of. The day was very inspiring and I met some lovely people and was kept fed and watered with plenty of tea and coffee and Jo’s gorgeous cakes. I can’t wait to attend another of Jo’s courses and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable day learning the basics of upholstery -you won’t be disappointed!
Response from The Boho Shed:I had a great day with all of you Sue! You made such a great job of your footstool. Thank you so much for your kind words. Very much appreciated. I look forward to seeing you again.
Had a great day making a footstool. Great to get away from 'work' and doing something with an end result - a fantastic footstool. Joanne is a great teacher - patient, good explanation of tools & how to use them, clear instruction, great laughs & a footstool to be proud off. Thanks Joanne.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your very kind words Bernie. I’m so pleased you managed to have some time out and enjoyed the day so much.
I had a very enjoyable day spent creating a footstool. Joanne's instruction was comprehensive and her tips helped me produce a finished product that exceeded my expectations. I would recommend the course to anyone hesitating over whether to try this new skill. And don't get me started on the scones provided...☺
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely review Alan. It’s always great to have a male attend amongst all the ladies! I’m so pleased you got so much out of the workshop and look forward to seeing how you get on with your piano stool at home. The cake ladies have received feedback on the scones and they are delighted.
This is a fantastic course and I would definitely recommend to family and friends. Jo is an excellent teacher and makes you feel very much at ease. Met some lovely people, learned lots of new skills and I was so happy with my footstool. Will definitely be booking on another course with Jo.
Response from The Boho Shed:So pleased you enjoyed the workshop Debbie, your fabric was beautiful and those pink feet....gorgeous! Thanks for contributing to a great day. See you at the painting workshop next year. 😊
What a fantastic day, I bought this course for my Mum for her birthday and she said it was the best thing she had ever done and she has done a lot of crafting!! Great day, great company, Jo is so helpful and patient and spends time explaining and making the footstools look amazing ... loved it.
Response from The Boho Shed:Ahh I'm so pleased you and your Mum enjoyed the say Vikki. Thank you for your lovely comments.
What a great day! Everything explained so even a novice such as myself could follow how to make the lovely footstool! It was such a beautiful setting to have a workshop with plenty of tea and coffee on tap and even treats! My 2 year old loves 'her' new seat! 😉 x
Response from The Boho Shed:So pleased your little girl approves of her new seat Jenny :-). I agree, Grappenhall Walled Garden is so beautiful. Many thanks for your kind comments.
Had a brilliant day with Joanne. Great venue with lots of light and space. The footstool was completed at a nice, comfortable pace with lots and lots of guidance from Joanne. I was delighted with my finished footstool which looks really professional (so did all the others). I was really impressed with the whole day.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much Ann, I'm delighted that you are delighted :-). You did a great job of your footstool, it's gorgeous. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Fantastic footstool course this week, great instruction by Jo and lots of individual support throughout the day. Well organised and easy to follow instructions. Friendly atmosphere that made it a relaxing day and very pleased with my footstool
Thanks Jo, one of the best craft courses I have done
Response from The Boho Shed:Wow Di! What a compliment, thank you so very much! You all made it a special day. Looking forward to seeing you again in November. :-)
I attended the course this week and have been telling everyone about it since! I had a fantastic day making my footstool, eating cakes and chatting to others on the course. Jo is a thorough tutor and is on hand to offer advice and expertise while you make your footstool. I’d highly recommend the course to anyone with an interest in crafting or upholstery. The skills I learned this week will enable me to tackle other upholstery projects, not just footstools
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your kind words Amy, I'm really pleased you got so much out of the workshop and look forward to seeing your creations in future. Thanks again for your help too with your IT advice etc! Very much appreciated.
Had a great day at The Boho Shed.
Jo immediately puts you at ease and goes through each stage clearly, giving as much or as little help as required.
I love my footstool and can't wait to make another one!
I would highly recommend a visit to Jo and The Boho Shed.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much Christine, you were a pleasure to teach. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the workshop. Give me a shout if you need any further help.
Attended a footstool upholstery course last week at Cuerden Park with Jo. I had a great day and Jo was fantastic at teaching us all step by step on how to create the stool. I learnt so much from her and feel confident that I could produce another on my own especially as we all received a print out of the step by step instructions to take home. I also met some lovely ladies and wouldn't hesitate going on another of Jo's other courses. Fantastic day!!!
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks so much for your kind words Dawn, I really enjoyed the day with you all too. I'm really pleased you had a great day. Please let me know how you get on with your upholstery at home and if I can help at all, please just shout.
Just attended the footstool upholstery workshop today and had a great time. Everyone made gorgeous creations to take home. Jo is a great teacher passing on lots of knowledge and helpful tips. Small class so plenty of one to one time if you need it. The setting in the park is lovely and the lunch in the cafe was amazing. Definitely recommend you try one of Jo's workshops.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely review Helen. I'm delighted you enjoyed the day. You did a great job of your footstool. Hope to see you again soon.
Really enjoyed the footstool course with Jo of the Boho Shed. Jo was really thorough, taking us through how to make them step by step. I feel confident that I could make one at home.
Thank you to Jo for a really good day
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your lovely comments Jo. It was great to meet you and your Mum. You made a couple of gorgeous footstools. Hope to see you again. x
Had a lovely day learning to upholster footstools. Thanks Jo! The constant supply of biscuits and cakes was a great touch too.
Response from The Boho Shed:It was lovely to meet you and your lovely daughter today Maxine. You both did a great job with your gorgeous creations. I'll pass the lovely comments about the cakes to my Mum and Aunty (the bakers!) :-)
What a lovely day. Really enjoyed the footstool upholstery course and came home with a gorgeous footstool. It was a busy but fun day and Jo was a fantastic teacher showing us the techniques as well as letting us try them out for ourselves. Lovely group of fellow upholsters and the scones were gorgeous.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for the lovely review Liz. It's always great to have returning fellow creators.
This was a great day. None of us had done upholstery before but everyone completed a beautiful footstool. Jo was very patient and clear with explanations and I would highly recommend her workshops.
Response from The Boho Shed:Your chose gorgeous fabric Crisiant and your footstool was excellent! It was a pleasure to teach you all. I hope the rest of your travels were exciting.
Had a fab day today, lovely meeting people with the same interest. Jo was amazing and explained everything to us stage by stage. I keep looking at my footstool and thinking I can't believe I made that!! Had loads of compliments from family and friends and would highly recommend this workshop.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you so much for your lovely comments Julie. It's so satisfying for me to show you how to make something from scratch and see your delighted faces at the finished product. I look forward to seeing you at the Painting Workshop in August.
Lovely day with lovely friendly people at the footstool upholstery workshop today, this is my first class with Jo and it was most enjoyable, highly recommended.
Response from The Boho Shed:It was a pleasure to have you and your lovely Mum at the workshop Vicki. Having such lovely attendees makes the day a great one. I am delighted you enjoyed it. Me too!
What a lovely day spent with Joanne and friends. We all made our individual foot stool with our different fabrics, showing just how versatile a foot stool can look. Good banter and clear instructions given by Joanne. Everyone received help as required to complete their foot stool to an excellent standard. Would recommend this course.
Also Joanne’s Mum makes the best scones ever. Would love the recipe!! Many thanks for a great time.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thank you for your kind words Karen. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day. I have fed back to my Mum about the scones, she's over the moon! I'll get the recipe to you asap :-).
I have just had a great day with Joanne making a foot stool. It was a relaxed and fun way to learn a new skill. Joanne helped us all out and the low numbers on the course meant we could have attention from Joanne to make sure we had a good end product. Add to that her home made cakes and scones, good banter and a new footstool - what a great way to spend a Saturday! Thanks Joanne.
Response from The Boho Shed:Thanks Davina, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and enjoyed the cakes :-). What a great bunch.
Fantastic course. Great instruction and a fab quality footstool completes in a day to take with you. As well as the project on the day feel like I learned a lot and am ready to tackle next project. Lunch was fab too!
The upholstery workshop was my second workshop with Joanne and it was great. Its amazing to think that the piece of fabric you take with you on the day, can be transformed into a little footstool! Thank you again for another great workshop :).
Response from The Boho Shed:What a lovely group you all were. Such an enjoyable day for me too. So satisfying to see you all leave happy with your gorgeous footstools.