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.
Great course for anyone wanting to enhance or reminder of techniques, or like me start from the beginning not having tried it before. Great tips on which paints work better with the different techniques. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere in a great location. I will definitely be going to more of Jo's courses!
I had an amazing time both learning new techniques and brushing up (pardon the pun) on previously taught skills. This was my second experience of the level 1 course, and I was delighted to realise how much more I learnt. The entire day was so much fun, led by an extremely accomplished artist who was so generous in sharing her vast knowledge and experience. Joanne purposed to divide her time between all 8 of us so brilliantly, guiding and advising with ideas personal to each person, and perfectly appropriate to each piece. We all had a fabulous time of bonding throughout the day as we practised the various exercises. We all came away with a greater understanding of approaching furniture restoration, along with transferable skills for future endeavours. We also came away with a finished product that, to my mind, were of a very high standard. I can highly recommend Joanne’s workshops. You will never see a piece of furniture in the same light. A joy!!
Thank you so much for your really lovely words Michelle. You are doing such a fantastic job of all your painting projects. You're very talented and creative. Your biscuits were delicious btw! Thank you!
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!
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 😊
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
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!
I recently attended the beginners furniture painting course and I absolutely loved it! The woman who runs it, Jo, was very warm and welcoming and she did an amazing job with showing us all some great basic techniques with which to apply to the pieces of furniture we brought! You can really tell that she puts so much effort and love into what she does and its obvious in the advice she gave me when it came to painting. She made me feel like my piece wasn't just a work she thought would be good and was very keen to work around what we each like in terms of colour, style and texture! And that's just talking about the course!
The venue itself is a beautiful little gem of a cafe - easily the nicest I've ever been to - where everything from the aesthetics to the staff to the variety and quality of the food and drinks provided is truly top notch!
I imagine this review probably sounds kinda cheesy but it's only because of how much I enjoyed the day! To anyone who wants to paint up that old table in the shed or want to spruce up a picture frame, you would be mad to not give it a go!
What a really lovely review Beth, thank you so much. I really enjoyed working with you in helping you to develop your skills and go home with a gorgeous piece of transformed furniture. You did a fantastic job!
I would like to thank Jo for a brilliant introduction to furniture painting, I'm not very good at arty things but thought I would give this course a try and see what I could produce. We were provided with written, verbal and practical instruction and Jo was very supportive and helpful at all times. And so, we set about using our new learned techniques to transform our tired old pieces of furniture into some lovely items.
The course is held in a large and comfortable room near the cafe where we ate a wonderful afternoon tea. I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious/interested in furniture painting and I am certainly going to try my hand at painting some furniture at home.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review Joyce. It was great that you were part of the day! I am so pleased you will try out your newly learned techniques at home. Please let me see what you produce.
What a lovely day
Very interesting and interactive, every minute used to the max.
Learned such a lot and came away with a great sense of achievement.
Lovely place with great facilities.
Very well done Jo.
I was given this course as a birthday present from my daughter. This course did not appeal to me but went with a very small table (just about to be thrown into a tip) not knowing what to expect! The day was spent with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor, Joanne.
At the end of the day I came away having transformed my small table and learnt a great deal about all types and methods of transforming items of furniture.
There were 8 of us all with different items and all took a marvellous turnaround in appearance. Changed my mind - would recommend this course especially to people who think they cannot do this.
Thank you so much for your lovely review Val. I am so delighted you enjoyed the day and got so much out of it having arrived feeling quite cynical about the workshop. You did amazingly well with your table and I hope your daughter loved it too.
Excellent day! This course is well organized, Jo is always there to help and her instruction are easy to follow. There is plenty of material to choose from at every step of creating your personal piece of art or joy. I loved the fact that these skill are so easily transferable to other materials or projects too.
Great course, excellent company and skills as well as memories or gifts to go home with! What more can you wish for!?
A big "Thank you" to the cafe for the amazing food!
Thank you, Jo!
Thank you for your lovely words Ines. It was a pleasure to have you be part of a great day and I'm delighted you are pleased with your creations. I agree, as usual, the cafe did an amazing job of providing a delicious afternoon tea!
What a lovely day! Jo guided us through making the Christmas bottle and Christmas plaque with patience and expertise. I was delighted with the things I made. To be able to make such an effective keepsake or decoration in one day was wonderful. Thank you for the yummy cakes along the way and thank you to all at Cuerden Cafe for a fantastic afternoon tea. The location couldn't have been better. I would definitely come back for more courses like this with Jo at the helm!
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.
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...☺
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.