Peak Upholstery and Furnishings reviews

3 May 22'

Lynn Bickle reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"A fun and extremely useful 4 days. I learnt new skills every day and my confidence to do upholstery grew with every cut of a piece of fabric. Angie has a wealth of experience which she is able to teach in simple steps easily followed. She quickly gauged each attendees skill levels and adapted her teaching to suit. My piece was an Edwardian chair where I learnt both traditional skills with horsehair and also how to effectively use more modern materials to speed up a restoration and to ensure I learnt all the steps I needed to know to complete this project, something I knew was not possible in the 4 days. Progress was much better than I could have envisaged and I left feeling I could complete a chair fully in traditional materials in the future should time and energy allow. Angie also took time to ensure you observed processes others were undertaking that would be useful in the future. For me making feather pads was a total mystery and something I will need for another restoration project. I saw all the stages and feel well equipped to tackle this in future. The location is beautiful, Angie's hubby is a marvelous cook so lunches were delicious. I travelled 170 miles to attend and was pleased I had."

Peak Upholstery and Furnishings responded:

" Thanks Lynn for the lovely review. Do keep in touch and contact me directly if you need additional help. I strongly recommend that you buy yourself a cheap compressor and a series 71 staple gun - this is a commercial staple gun and though they are pricey the staples are very cheap! It will save your arms - carpel tunnel - from permanent damage. Keep in touch and thanks for your lovely company. Angie"

27 Oct 20'

Ming Tang reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"Angie is so inspirational, her knowledge and enthusiasm was so infectious - I loved the weekend and really enjoyed the company from other students, I was the least experienced, but was made really welcome. Delightful, setting, environment, company and food! what's more - I was really amazed and thrilled with my completed chair and cushions! thank you so much Angie, I will definitely be back!"

14 Apr 20'

Teresa |Hughes reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"I always love coming to your sessions, they are fun, relaxed, you pick up all those little tips and increase confidence.......it's always great to meet and get to know the others' who are attending too......oh and home baked goodies.....and another thing just having head space for me!"

14 Apr 20'

Audrey Smillie reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"I had a wonderful time last weekend, you always have a good crowd and it makes such a nice change for me, I forget how much I enjoy it."

26 Nov 19'

Pam Shill reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for last weekend. I was really looking forward to this upholstery course, but I have to say it exceeded all my expectations, I love your enthusiasm for the subject and how you teach, in particular how you stop whatever we are doing to come over and get us to observe when someone else reaches an important stage in their project. The accommodation and food package was also just what I needed, it was like home from home and enabled me to forget about everything else and concentrate on my project for the weekend. Thank you Carl for all the wonderful meals, you both make a great team and I hope to see you again in the future. Pam"

16 Nov 19'

Annette Booth reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"What can I say about Angie and her craft courses...... very informative, relaxing, inspiring, fun and totally addictive!!! Lunch is a wonderful experience It’s a great social occasion and extremely enjoyable"

7 Nov 19'

Jane Woolley reviewed: Three day course in upholstery and soft furnishings

"Excellent course, lovely small groups, which caters for all, whatever your experience. Thoroughly enjoyable, with a happy friendly environment!"

15 Mar 19'

Amanda Skinner reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"This is a great course led by a hugely experienced and gifted teacher in Angie. Very instructive and a lot of fun. With just three of us on the course, you got a lot of individual tuition but Angie let's you get on with the work yourself so you really do learn through experience, whilst always being on hand to answer questions or give you guidance when required. You are in the heart of beautiful countryside in a warm, light workroom and will fellow stitchers, the conversation is wide-ranging. Angie's husband Carl does the cooking and the lunches are a real treat with home-made bread and ingredients from the kitchen garden. I thoroughly recommend this course - I am really pleased with the outcome of my loose cover and feel very confident of having been taught well enough to tackle the next one on my own."

13 Mar 19'

Tracey Cooper reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"I can not recommend this course enough, Angie is so knowledgable and guides you through the process of creating something wonderful and unique. My friends and family are so impressed with the chair I reupholstered and I feel I have the skills to start to tackle something on my own. Oh and lunch is absolutely delicious! I’m keen to go back and learn about soft furnishings too."

21 Feb 19'

Lucy Barclay reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"I have just spent a long weekend making box cushions at Peak Upholstery and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I only wish lived nearer so I could go there regularly as I now have many projects in mind I would like to do. I am a full time wheelchair user and had no problems; the access is flat and there was plenty of room as there were only four of us. (All of whom were very kind and helpful to me). Angie is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher. She was fun to work with and plied us with delicious cakes and biscuits - I can't wait to go back."

1 Feb 19'

Pam reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"Excellent weekend, made to feel welcome from the moment I walked through the door. Angie is an inspiring tutor and imparts many years of knowledge and tips to help with chosen upholstery project. The accommodation and food were fantastic and the whole weekend felt like a retreat. Would definitely recommend."

1 Feb 19'

Jo Surtees reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"I cannot recommend this course enough! As a keen basic sewer, I'd always wanted to try upholstery. This course felt like a mini retreat, from the moment I arrived I was made to feel completely at ease and welcomed into Angie's fabulous home. Angie's enthusiasm and and joy she brings to teaching and all things upholstery knows no bounds. I stayed at the house and enjoyed the most delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner in fabulous company (only available for the 4 days course) which again added to the whole wonderful experience. With only 3 individuals on the course, the teaching was near one to one and tailored to each of us. I learnt so much, not only from my project, but from also from my fellow course mates. Angie also went that extra mile to help me make up a "mock" box cushion for a future project. An utter joy, thank you."

21 Nov 18'

Dee reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"Having done a basic loose cover course I really wanted further teaching to help me feel more confident dealing with different style chairs and fabrics. Angie’s course was fantastic. She showed me how to make a loose cover in 2d fabric on a winged armchair and also how to make a loose cover for a small sofa using the existing cover as a template. I also learnt how to make box cushions properly and was able to use her industrial sewing machines in her workshop. Lunch was all homemade and organic with both a vegetarian and vegan option. We were also kept well fed throughout the day with homemade cakes. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn or extend their knowledge in upholstery and loose covers."

24 Oct 18'

Jess Fox reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"Angie's 2 day course was absolutely wonderful. From the moment I stepped through the doors I felt extremely welcome and at home. I brought two very similar chairs with me and we managed to do both, one with modern and one with traditional techniques. The class size is perfect, you are never left waiting long for some advice or next step and she encourages you to come and watch your fellow upholsterers whilst she helps them so you are constantly learning. Angie is an excellent tutor, with a fantastic workshop (includes a little stove for warmth!) in an amazing location. She also keeps you well fed with brilliant home made cakes! Thank you Angie!"

30 Aug 18'

Peak Upholstery reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"I have had the pleasure of spending three glorious weekends in the company of Angie, amidst her endless knowledge on both traditional and modern upholstery and soft furnishings. My first project (an Edwardian winged-back chair) was by no means modest and I knew just by speaking to Angie it would be completed in the traditional way that I wanted. I am so happy with the result! The workshop is set in the most beautiful surroundings and very easy to reach from Matlock Town. On the 4 day course we were offered lunch which consisted of locally sourced and homegrown produce and it was food to die for. I haven't quite finished with Peak Upholstery yet so I will be returning very soon with another project. Which ever course you decide to do it will be full of laughter, learning and a weekend you won't want to end!"

30 Aug 18'

Sam Cameron reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"I have had the pleasure of spending three glorious weekends in the company of Angie, amidst her endless knowledge on both traditional and modern upholstery and soft furnishings. My first project (an Edwardian winged-back chair) was by no means modest and I knew just by speaking to Angie it would be completed in the traditional way that I wanted. I am so happy with the result! The workshop is set in the most beautiful surroundings and very easy to reach from Matlock Town. On the 4 day course we were offered lunch which consisted of locally sourced and homegrown produce and it was food to die for. I haven't quite finished with Peak Upholstery yet so I will be returning very soon with another project. Which ever course you decide to do it will be full of laughter, learning and a weekend you won't want to end!"

13 Jul 18'

Annette Booth reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"I have been going to evening classes with Angie for a few years now and absolutely love them. They are fun, creative and allow me to escape for a few hours each week I have learnt so much, upholstery, curtain and blind making, loose covers etc etc Thank you Angie, you are a star ⭐️"

12 Jun 18'

Melanie Taylor reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"I regularly travel for 1.5 hours each way to attend Angie's courses, which is testament to how much I enjoy her classes! I found Peak Upholstery one of the few places to offer a course where students are able to bring along any project. I've always attended alongside lovely people, and learned so much from Angie and from the other students' work. Thoroughly enjoyable, I cannot recommend this course highly enough!"

12 Jun 18'

Melanie Taylor reviewed: Three day course in upholstery and soft furnishings

"I attended a long weekend course with Angie a few years ago and have been hooked on upholstery ever since! I upholstered a child's wing-back chair over the four days, learning a multitude of skills and techniques, covering both traditional and modern upholstery. I was thrilled with the finished item. I took away a lot of knowledge as the basis for taking on lots more projects. As well as feeling welcomed into Angie's home (which is beautiful) and being provided with amazing home-cooked biscuits, cakes and meals, I also enjoyed seeing and learning from the projects that the other students worked on. I'm now a regular on Angie's weekly courses!"

26 May 18'

Claire Shore reviewed: 4 day course in upholstery, soft furnishings or loose covers

"This weekend course is an absolute delight. Angie is a fabulous hostess, aided brilliantly in the background by her husband. The workshop is very well equipped and Angie has a vast amount of experience to help with any project. She is particularly enthusiastic about traditional techniques - used to great effect on old pieces of furniture. lunch is included on this course and was absolutely delicious and different every day. Angie will also tempt you with smashing home made cakes and coffee or tea in between times! I’ve been on 3 courses so far and I’m going back very soon! Thorough recommend this course- you’ll love it!"

3 Apr 18'

Carol Taylor reviewed: Three day course in upholstery and soft furnishings

"We attended a one day course, luckily just the two of us and Angie which meant we got almost 1 to 1 attention. Excellent course - very friendly, Angie gave us the attention we needed and not any more than that, let us get on with things she felt we could do. Interspersed talking to us about our own projects with insights into Upholstery, history, good examples of what others were doing. Tea and coffee and cakes on tap. We didn’t stop for lunch we were enjoying ourselves far too much. Angie really is a very good teacher. And we had a fun time!"

23 Feb 18'

Sue Anderson reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"Any time on Angie's upholstery courses is time well spent. Angie is a knowledgeable teacher, who takes care to make sure everyone is happy with what they are doing whether beginner or someone with previous experience. Classes are kept small, I've made some lovely new friends and would recommend a course at Peak Upholstery to anyone."

19 Feb 18'

Varinia Joyce reviewed: Three day course in upholstery and soft furnishings

"I attended the 3 day soft furnishing course after deciding that I needed a roman blind for my spare room and "Why don't I learn to make it myself?". I hadn't done any sewing since school - some 30+ years ago - what could go wrong? Angie was an absolute delight and took my lack of knowledge in her stride. She is such an enthusiastic and patient teacher and is happy to tailor her teaching methods to the student - one lady on the course struggled to visualise things and so Angie encouraged her to make her own templates - marvellous. The setting is gorgeous and the atmosphere in the workroom is really relaxing with the stove burning and the dog luxuriating in front of it. I learnt a great deal over the 3 days and left with a thirst for more knowledge. I shall definately be signing up for another course in the future."

12 Feb 18'

Elizabeth Fry reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"I've been coming to Angie's evening classes for almost 7 years now, completed many projects - big and small - had many cuppas and many of Angie's delicious homemade cakes and biscuits! What more can I say...? Well, if you're looking for a friendly, sociable atmosphere in a warm, homely, creative environment (with amazing views) then don't hesitate to sign up for a course, you'll be really chuffed you did!"

8 Feb 18'

Alison Massey reviewed: Upholstery and soft furnishings 2 day course

"For excellent tuition in warm, friendly surroundings, this is a great course. Angie is a true expert in her field, full of energy and enthusiasm, helping you get the most out of your time there. The workshop is a lovely place to be with cosy wood-burner and stunning views across the valley. There are plenty of tools and materials to hand. The small group sizes mean you get lots of one-to-one attention. I have enjoyed several courses with Angie at Peak Upholstery in the past and will be back for more. Thoroughly recommended!"

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