Upholstery Open Shop: Bring Your Own Project with Mike Mascelli May 23-27, 2022
Students will work in a fully equipped upholstery shop with a Master Upholsterer and learn the history of upholstery as well as the fundamental tools, techniques and materials needed for the completion of their own full-size upholstery project. Students will be REQUIRED to submit photos of their proposed piece(s) to Mike prior to the class to ensure that they are appropriate for a one-week format. It will also give Mike a chance to assess what prep work needs to be done prior to class, and to get an estimate of the amount of material needed for the show cover. All under-upholstery materials will be included in the supply fee; however, students must provide their own show cover fabric. There is no prerequisite, and students can expect to learn all the steps required to complete their piece.
Mike will set up a complete upholstery shop with work stations, air staplers, a cutting table, glue-up area and provide a review of all basic upholstery techniques. Sewing machine operation will NOT be part of the instruction; however pieces which need small amounts of machine sewing work will be sewn by Mike as necessary. After measuring and designing a treatment for each project, students will spend most of the week in an open shop format, with a full class wrap-up session at the end of each day. Pieces of any style, including original designs are acceptable, but all must have a sound frame, and show wood surfaces that are finished. Small to medium sized chairs with tight seats and backs are ideal. Chairs with loose cushions, such as small wing chairs, can be included but may not be fully completed in one week.