Bring your own upholstery course

  Who doesn’t love a bit of ‘BYO’ from time-to-time? Well, next month at the Reloved Upholstery workshop in Stockport, I’ll be running a ‘bring your own upholstery course’. I’ve been inundated with requests from people asking how I do it. Now I get the chance to show them.  Limited availability I’ve kept the numbers … Continued


Reclaim Magazine Column, Simion Hawtin-Smith

  I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I now have a monthly column in the wonderful Reclaim magazine. It’s funny, I was once the interviewee. Now I am the interviewer! This change has certainly tested my interrogation and writing skills! Luckily, my column acts as an opportunity to provide a unique insight into my … Continued


BBC’s Money for Nothing – that’s a wrap!

Do you want to know my best bit about my work being on the BBC’s Money for Nothing tv show? Apart from working with presenters Sarah Moore, Jay and Co and E J Osborne from Hatchet + Bear, it’s getting to see people’s reactions to all those transformations. It makes all the late nights in our new Reloved Works studio so … Continued


New Designers 2018

Every week there’s something new, exciting and creative going on, and I keep forgetting to shout about all these things. So with new-found vigour, I plan to keep you up-to-date with my latest activities.  Next on the list is New Designers 2018. New what? If you’ve not heard about New Designers, then where have you … Continued


The Ottomini at Grand Designs Live

Last week I loaded up the van and headed up to London for Grand Designs Live to showcase the ottomini.  I’ve visited the show heaps of times, but always as a visitor, this time I was performing! I had two slots throughout the week on the design and build forum, where I upholstered the ‘Ottomini’.  … Continued


Grand Designs Live 2018

Grand Designs Live returns to London’s ExCel this May, and this year I’m going to be there.  I’ll be doing some live upholstery demonstrations at the design and build forum. About Grand Designs Live Visitors to the show, not only get to see the fabulous Kevin McCloud, but there will be over 500 companies covering … Continued


That’s a wrap! Farewell series four MfN

Series four of BBC’s Money for Nothing has come to an end, and what an amazing experience it’s been for me and Gyspy!  I’ve worked on some really great items that have stretched by creativity and sometimes my resources! Series four – the projects This season, I’ve tackled an array of items. From the really popular yellow … Continued


Spring and summer upholstery course dates

More upholstery courses for spring and summer Following the success of my January and February courses.  I have added some more dates at the Old Granda Studios. Hurray! My workshops will teach students the foundations of upholstery, while I hope to expand on classes to offer skills in chair making and paint techniques too. Choose … Continued


Mother’s Day gift idea; Cushion masterclass

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and the Beast from the East has been playing havoc with deliveries. Don’t panic about your gift not arriving in time, when you can make something stylish and professional instead. Join me on 10th March, 11am-4pm for a one day cushion masterclass. Set in the inspiring surroundings of the Old … Continued


Rugs: sustainable and ethical design

This week I’m talking ethical design, particularly when it comes to rugs. I’m very much in favour of recycling and reusing and being as ethical as I can in my work. Having a social conscience is definitely something we’re seeing more and more companies shout about.  Even at London Fashion week, sustainability as a political … Continued


Parker Knoll Statesman a reclining chair for Peter

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. That is certainly the case for me, and my latest customer. Her story demonstrates just some of the reasons why I love my work so much, some of these include: Spending my days searching for and refurbishing design classics Working with amazing fabrics, and Sourcing and … Continued


Come and join an upholstery class at the Maker’s Quarter 2018

Last week I talked about my collaboration with Jay&Co and this week, I’m at it again! This time, with the fabulous team at Maker’s Quarter. Starting mid-February, I’ll be offering an upholstery class – my two-day footstool course, for just 6 students, at this amazing shared workshop and studio space, just a stone’s throw away from Cornbrook Metrolink … Continued



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