Challenges were faced and triumphs celebrated in the beginner upholstery class: Leslie’s 1950’s era chrome dinette chair was a perfect fit for the class.
Aside from the task of figuring out how the back of this chair comes apart (wooden dowels extend from the chair back into the steel tubes), the challenge of contrasting fabric choice for the seat box and piping was easily solved with a floral print fabric that Leslie found to compliment her blue vinyl.
Although Patricia’s chair looks simple enough to fit the beginner-level class, extensive tacking of the original upholstery, the need for spring reinforcement and an elective re-style option places her chair in the intermediate-level. Two additional days were scheduled to help Patricia complete her chair – details will be featured in an upcoming post.
As an instructor, I learned that a thorough examination of each student’s chair is required to place it in the correct class level, so we now have a NEW one-hour prerequisite Discovery Class which includes personalized instruction on how to measure your chair to determine how much fabric to buy, help with fabric choice, and evaluation of each student’s project to determine which workshop level is the best fit, and more… building confidence with preparation!