Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September Upholstery Class

Last weekend was the first set of 2 day workshops I plan to offer for people wishing to learn how to upholster their own side chair. Classes will be ongoing, but kept very small. In fact, miniscule - no more than 2 at a time. There's a lot of design criteria that needs to be considered beforehand to make sure each project can be completed in 12 hours, and that they are similar enough to each other that I can give each one a relatively equal and proper amount of tutelage, but different enough to where people can learn about someone else's different furniture style - a challenge I found out, but quite rewarding!

These were the first images emailed to me regarding 2 projects to be undertaken:

Deborah's chair (at left) had been a wedding gift to her parents in the 1930's. It may have been reupholstered once before to the best of her recollection. She wanted to keep a sample of the past to record the work being done now for future family members. And Linda's (at right) is a Conant Ball chair recently found at a Salvation Army. She had a creative redesign in mind for it...to make it almost a caricature of itself by really plumping up the high scrolled back and stretching a new fabric over it in such a way that would resemble too-tight jeans - a far cry from 70's traditional chair small floral tapestry to the new circular spiraling jacquard modern pattern. Both chairs were to turn out beautifully.

The take-down was easy enough on both pieces…of course Linda had arrived Sat. a.m. with hers nearly done and Deborah's like most mid-20th century pieces, had originally been tacked with proper sized upholstery nails, all of which came out easily. We took time to inspect the construction of each other's frames and the upholstery methods originally employed.

Burlap spring cover of Deborah's chair had been recycled way back when from a Fisher Peanut bag...

Linda and I work on layers of padding for the upper part of inside-back while Deborah's working on aligning stripes while pulling through the inside-back thru the back...not as easy as it sounds (if it does). Stripes can easily be pulled askew when you're not looking, working from the back.

By the end of our 6 hour day Saturday, we had inside backs attached and our sewing lined up for the next day. Linda would do a double welted boxed cushion while Deborah had already applied a flat panel to the seat of her chair, but would have to regard her fabric carefully to line up stripes for trim panels and welt cording.

TA DAH. Gorgeous, both of them. I'm teaching 3 classes in October through Minneapolis Community Ed and then will resume the side chair weekend workshops in November. Email info@millerupholstering.com or message me on facebook if you want to register for a class.

1 comment:

  1. These look great! Especially love the buttons on the green one.


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