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Baa Stool


    Baa Stool is a range of luxury British sheepskin furniture and accessories with removable covers lovingly created in our 15th Century cruck barn.

    Our aim is to make quality pieces of furniture that can fit in anywhere but still have a real wow factor. The result is a range of quality, unique and contemporary furniture that compliment modern and period interiors equally.

    We also run a traditional upholstery school and workshop. Classes available year round.  

    Directions to studio

    From the centre of Llangynhafal with the Golden Lion on your right - Barn is 300m further on the right. 

    Studio information

    Family friendly Yes Wheelchair friendly Yes Parking nearby Yes Toilet access Yes Welsh Speaker No Work for sale Yes Price range £15-£2500 Commissions accepted Yes Studio open by appointment throughout the year Yes

    Contact & address Details

    The Old Barn,, Ty Coch Barns, Llangynhafal, LL16 4LN

    01824 790 882

    Studio Opening Times

    September 2017 Times: 11-3pm
    • Friday 1st
    • Saturday 2nd
    • Sunday 3rd
    • Friday 8th
    • Saturday 9th
    • Sunday 10th
    • Fri 15th
    • Saturday 16th
    • Sunday 17th
    • Friday 22nd
    • Saturday 23rd
    • Sunday 24th

    Hello, I’m Michelle. 

     In 2011 I was made redundant from a job I thought I’d loved for 25 years. I was devastated but also strangely excited. Could this be an opportunity to make some long overdue changes in my professional life and realise a long held dream of being self-employed?  

    Around this time a friend invited me to a fortune telling night. Now, I’m generally sceptical about these things, but as I was at a bit of a crossroads I thought I’d go along and see what the spirits had in store for me. The fortune teller told me she saw me surrounded by pin cushions, needles and chairs. Crikey!…am I going to be an upholstress?  

    Over the next few days the idea started to sink in….and feel right….really right. In fact, it felt amazing! I could get out of the rat race. I could be self-employed. I could be an upholstress!  I took the plunge and two weeks later I started 18 months of training with the Association of Master Upholsterers. The first time I picked up a tack hammer I knew…this is the job for me!

    One year in and I set up my own upholstery business; North Wales Upholstery.  

    It was during a tea break from a particularly challenging chair that I was looking at the sheep in the fields surrounding my workshop and mused ‘they look like little footstools. Hmmmmmm…sheepskin covered footstools.  Baa Stools! 

    I spent several months developing the idea and ensuring that every detail of the product is high quality. The frames and legs are made by skilled craftsmen. The sheepskin is always premium grade and only ever from UK flocks. I source the best upholstery materials and upholster each Baa Stool in our 15th Century cruck barn in Llangynhafal.  This is important because I want my customers to enjoy a product that is the very best it can possibly be.  

    I started selling Baa Stools at local artisan markets and county shows and they quickly developed a following. I noticed that the sheepskin cover upholstered on the footstools made people stop in their tracks, look closer…then, inevitably, smile. This quickly became the overall aim of every new design…to make people smile when they walk into a room.

    North Wales Upholstery Courses

    Learn a mixture of traditional and modern upholstery skills on a 6 week Friday morning class from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. A friendly, accessible and professional workshop that will guide you through the process of rebuilding and re-covering a piece of your own furniture.

    During our Courses Master upholsterer Philip Blackburn will share his passion for the traditional skill and introduce you to the wonderful world of upholstery.

    Use of all equipment, refreshments and tuition in small classes (max 6 students) are included along with access to a library of resources, discounted materials and a wide choice of fabrics and trimmings.

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