I took an old wingback chair and wanted to learn how to recover it. My recovering was a quirky one. So I called before I signed up to the course to check first.
Jo explained " normally on your first attempt, nothing huge( mine was) no checked material ( I did) leather not advisable (I did)".
But Jo was great, she asked me to send pictures so she could advice and I explained I was crafty minded, she gave advice before I even signed up to the course.
Jo was always there to advise and assist throughout the day and explained each step, but also allowed you to get on with it, so you were learning by doing it.
I picked up a lot of new skills not just from doing my chair but from all the other people on the course too. I also changed my mind on my fabric choice on the first day. But my chair was brilliant I loved how it turned out.
The whole weekend was nice and relaxing and your so close to the York town centre and all the street cafes. Totally recommend it!
Debra Willison - - #17593
Very enjoyable two day course - the time flies. Jo teaches traditional techniques and her advice and expertise is invaluable. I learnt so much but Jo also gives you the confidence to go on to tackle further projects at home. I did four dining chair seats but was able to see and learn from others who were doing more ambitious projects. Absolutely recommend this course, thank you.
Jackie Lewis - - #12499
What a fun two days!
Jo was an excellent tutor. Advising where necessary and overseeing that instructions were being carried out. I stripped the chair prior to attending the course. I had taken my top cover fabric with me, but all other materials were provided along with tools to carry out the work. The chair was an ambitious project but Jo guided me through the basics with patience, and I will finish the project at home. There were seven of us in the group, ladies and a man. Interesting to see such a variety of projects and the pleasure to see completed items. I fully recommend this course.
Maria Tuffs - - #12497
I took a chair with an upholstered back and seat, so was pushing the envelope in terms of scope for a weekend. I had loads of contact with Jo beforehand regarding what I could expect to achieve and also about a broken spring that needed replacing.
The studio is in the centre of town which means there is loads of choice for lunch, you get a one hour break, which you need. The course is brilliant. There were 6 people on the October weekend and we were doing 5 different types of chairs between us. 3 of us were using traditional techniques and 3 more modern using foam etc. Jo is a really good teacher and only explained each step as we came up to it. When necessary she gave a time limit for a particular task, which was brilliant when I started getting tempted to "faff" too much. Jo kept everyone busy and I believe everyone achieved what they wanted. I was really impressed with what I got done and thoroughly enjoyed myself as well. It is hard work and more physical than I'd appreciated but that only serves to enhance the sense of achievement once you get your work home.
I would thoroughly recommend this course.
Rowena - - #11056
I attended Jo's weekend course in May. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting like minded 'up cycling' people and got as much from watching other people's chairs transforming over the two days as I did from learning how to upholster my modern high backed dining chair. Jo's focus is teaching traditional upholstery methods no staple guns! she is a great teacher - patient and down to earth and there was lots of laughter over the couple of days. The studio is very relaxing and the walls showcase some of Jo's artwork - it was such an inspiring environment but not daunting even though most of us were novices when it came to upholstery and not traditional artists. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Jo's course. A really refreshing and inspiring weekend
vikki Fillingham - - #9139
I have been attending the Tuesday drop in class for 6 months now and in that time I have
re-upholstered 6 dining chairs, 2 footstools and I am currently attempting a challenging large Victorian chair. All this has only been possible because Jo is a brilliant tutor she gives you not only the skills to achieve so much in class but also the confidence to continue your project at home, she explains the how & why and doesn't make you feel a complete twit if you don't immediately grasp what she is telling you! I feel proud of what I have achieved with Jo's help and now I find I am constantly on the look out for tired, worn out pieces of furniture to 'beautify'. Thank You Jo
Barbara Sellars - - #5742
A fantastic weekend. Jo was an excellent instructor who obviously enjoyed her craft and sharing a huge range of skills. The relaxed atmosphere and great company made two days of hard work fly by and the delight of completing a chair to be proud of was amazing. I will certainly be booking again!
Jackie Ward - - #5608
Loved every minute of my upholstery weekend with Jo. I learnt so much in a great relaxed atmosphere and came away with a gorgeous upholstered chair I couldn't quite believe I did! Can't wait to get started on my next project. Thanks Jo for all your tuition and patience. The best course I have ever done.
Kathryn - - #4814
I started the Tuesday morning classes a couple of months ago with quite a difficult chair for a total beginner! But I can honestly say I have enjoyed every second. Jo makes you feel very relaxed therefore you enjoy yourself. The 3 hours felt like 3 mins. The concentration is something I have always found hard but finally in my old age, I can do it!! I am very proud of myself but I could not have achieved a difficult chair and foot stool (so far) without Jo. I wish she had been my teacher when I was little then I would have gone far! She is a brilliant teacher.
Lulu Bousfield - - #4806
I've just completed Jo's upholstery course and I'm thrilled at what I achieved. I upholstered a bench seat using foam and covered 2 dining chairs. Although I didn't choose to do a traditional seat like the others I still feel I learned what to do by following the other students. The studio is right in the middle of the city, a perfect location to explore after the course, and to enjoy the local cafes at lunchtime. I'd highly recommend this course.
Jacqueline - - #4136
I attended Jo's weekend course a month ago with the traditionally sprung back seat base from my vintage Austin and a leather hide. I now have a well shaped and comfortable seat upholstered in leather, and I did it myself! This was an enjoyable and relaxing weekend with a good tutor. Jo is an expert upholsterer but she also knows how to teach. I liked the fact that I was able to do the work myself but Jo was there to guide and show me whenever I needed it. She took a great interest in the actual job I was doing and understood the appearance I wanted to achieve. All excellent and good fun - thank you.
Chris Berridge - - #2955
Returned home from attending Jo Walton's upholstery weekend the proud owner of a rather spanking upholstered chair by me!!! Jo was an excellent teacher oozing with knowledge..... Very patient......beautiful studio to work in , really relaxing.... Thank you Jo for sharing .
Jo massingham - - #2748
I had a 1900's small sofa that was in desperate need of a makeover. I took it to Jo's class to learn how to recover/upholster it. It turn out fabulously. Jo was on hand to advise and assist throughout the day and explained and demonstrated things clearly. I picked up a number of new skills and would feel quite confident in having a go at another piece of furniture on my own. The class is nice and relaxed and is excellent value for money. Totally recommend it!
Rebekah Horner - - #1857
2 day weekend upholstery workshop in York with Jo Walton. What a weekend! Lots of one to one tuition from Jo who is a very skilled craftswoman. I learned so much and got far more from the course than I ever expected to. I now have the confidence and some of the skills to start work on further projects. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of renovating a piece of furniture. Thanks so much for your time skills and patience Jo.
Malcolm Brown - - #1846
Brilliant traditional upholstery weekend in a sunny, well equipped studio. Small group size so plenty of one to one tuition & support from Jo Walton of the Urban Chair Company. Being surrounded by the incredible pieces she's created was inspirational. As was the camaraderie within the group. Jo has the skills of a master crafts woman, & the patience of a saint. Loved it! Thank you :)
Dianne Watson-Payne - - #1554