I had a great time this past Saturday teaching an upholstery class at the Wendell Free Library, in Wendell MA. I had a group of five attendees all with different skill levels. Some had sewing experience, a couple had done some upholstery and others just wanted to gain the knowledge of upholstery.
The project for the day was a club chair that I had torn down and made ready to start applying the padding and fabric. We started the day by discussing the different tools needed to do such a project. Pneumatic staple gun, pullers, wire cutters, curved sewing needle, wooden mallet, regulator and so on. The most envied tool by far was my pneumatic stapler. Some had used hand staplers and a magnetic hammer with tacks for their own projects but now saw the value of a pneumatic staple gun. Not only for faster results, but it’s ease in working with and holding the fabric.
As the upholstery class progressed we discussed many more things like fabric choices and what to consider when making the fabric choice. Fabrics rated for upholstery are the first key. You don’t want to go through all the effort and use a fabric inappropriate for the specific use of your piece. A piece of furniture that is going to get heavy usagee needs a fabric rated heavy in durability where an occasional chair that is mostly for looks can have a light usage rating and do just fine.
During our upholstery class we were able to learn the techniques needed to attach a deck, upholster the inside arms, upholster the inside back and upholstery skills and supplies used to close up the outsides of a club chair. Obviously you can’t learn everything in a 6 hour upholstery class, but I loved sharing the knowledge. Students were also excited to find out about our online Upholstery Class membership website.
I know I had a great time and I think the attendees did too, as they are wanting me to come back and do a multiple day workshop where they each will work on their own piece to upholster.
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