Craft Fairs and Events

A Worthwhile Drive to Wirksworth

I always love trying new crafts and one of the best ways is by signing up for a craft workshop day. There are loads of different ones to try, giving you a flavour of what’s involved and also your own unique creation to take home with you.


One of our favourite CraftCover clients is Lee at Upcycled Creative and I’ve been promising my sister a day out at one of his contemporary footstool workshops for ages. We finally decided on a date and booked the one day course.

Upcycled Creative run a few different workshops and you can choose between a classic or contemporary style footstool. It is a full day course from 10am to about 4pm, with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied throughout the day, together with your choice of lunch from one of the local cafes.

They provide everything you’ll need to make your own footstool other than the covering material, which you purchase yourself beforehand and bring along on the day – after all, you want it to match in with your own personal style. Mine may have included a few Llamas!

After a hectic drive down the M6 in rush hour, I arrived just in time at Upcycled Creative’s shop in Wirksworth, a pretty village in the Derbyshire Dales.

After a coffee and toilet break, we kicked off with an important safety briefing on how to use the power tools (I definitely need a compressed air stapler in my life!), and then we were off and running.

We started by painting our legs (for the footstool, of course – my legs are white enough already at this time of year!). We used Fusion Mineral Paint in our chosen colours and left them to dry whilst we got on with attaching the webbing, hessian and foam panels to the wooden frame. Lee was a great tutor and we soon got the hang of using our staple guns, hammers and tacks.

We had started to attach the covering material top when stomachs started to grumble, and we decided to break for lunch – sausage (and egg for some) sandwiches which were delicious.

We applied a final coat of paint to our legs to give them time to dry and then continued with more cutting, tacking and stapling; a deathly hush descending over the room at times with the concentration. The afternoon flew by and our footstools were beginning to take shape. Attaching the side panels and piping was probably the trickiest part, but we were soon reaching the finishing line, attaching the base material and legs.

And ‘Voila’ – our stools were finished and we were both thrilled with them.

I can definitely recommend Upcycled Creative for a fabulous days workshop and you can find out more about them here.

A little bit of crafting is definitely good for the soul and I love learning new skills, particularly when you come home with a fabulous piece of furniture that I will treasure.