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Beginner Upholstery Class – a fun learning experience

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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.

Before: chrome dinette chair with original plastic upholstery & taped seat

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.

Leslie & Patricia with their chairs before the class begins – Patricia’s chair (on the right) is an Intermediate-level chair

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.

Leslie makes adjustments to the tension of her seat fabric as she staples it on.

3 chair images: 1 before, 2 after re-upholstery

Before & After photos of Leslie’s chair – completed in the Beginner Upholstery Workshop

A Beginner Workshop student: Leslie with her chair Before & After

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!

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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