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.


Monday - Friday May 23 - 27, 2022
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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!