Q&A with Rachel Leslie
Interested in crafts and wanting to find a new skill to turn your hand to? Meet creative enthusiast Rachel Leslie from Middlewich, one of our recent March workshop participants, who came and joined our Deep Buttoned Footstool workshops.
Tell us a little bit about yourself Rachel?
My name is Rachel, I live in Middlewich with my husband, son and our springer spaniel, Clover. I love all things creative and regularly attend a variety of crafting workshops. I am an accounts assistant for part of the week and a marriage Registrar, mostly at weekends, which I really enjoy. I love the outdoors, walking along the canal and pottering about in my garden with Clover.
Why did you decide to do an upholstery workshop?
I have completed some upholstery workshops and have done some re-upholstery on my own at home but I hadn’t done any deep buttoning before and decided it was time to give it a go! I’m happy to have a go at anything at least once!
What did you want to get out of the workshop?
I wanted to be able to create the deep buttoned effect, and doing the footstool was the perfect opportunity.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
I enjoy learning new things and the social interaction, plus the satisfaction of having created something original and unique. It’s a little bit of ‘me’ time too!
How did you feel after the experience when you saw your furniture at home?
It’s really exciting to take home something that you have created yourself from scratch, I couldn’t wait to get the footstool home and put it in pride of place. I was so pleased with the fabric colour I’d chosen and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from friends who’ve seen it.
Did you enjoy being involved in the design process?
Being part of the design process greatly increases the understanding of the final piece and I think makes it more likely that I will repeat what I have learnt. The handouts given will also serve as a reminder of the whole process.
Would you recommend this experience and why?
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone who is thinking of giving it a go.
I had a fantastic day with Emma creating a deep buttoned footstool, turned out to be a one to one! The day flew by with lots of chats and laughs. Emma is a great teacher, patient and constructive and very approachable. It was hard work but very rewarding! If you’re considering a workshop-do it! You will not regret it. The chapel is a beautiful building and a great place to work, light and airy with a log burner to keep you warm. Thank you Emma for a fantastic, enjoyable day!”