Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli July 20-21, 2019


$330 tuition, $70 material fee payable to Mike
Key Points:
*Students will learn the history of upholstered furniture
*Learn to identify traditional vs. modern upholstered pieces
*Basic tools and materials of the upholstery trade
*Complete an open frame slip seat, and a small coil sprung footstool
*Master the hand tying of springs, and blind stitching
*Learn basic repairs, such as button replacement

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


This class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on session which will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery. Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and cover the full range of traditional hand sewn, and modern upholstery methods. Presentations include “A Lively Look at a Dying Art”, which will be enhanced with demonstrations illustrating the tools and techniques portrayed, and some step-by-step guides showing a number of common upholstery projects. This is a hand tool focused class and students will complete an open frame slip seat by stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. And then building on these new skills, complete a small coil sprung footstool, by hand tying the springs, learning basic cutting and folding techniques, and then finishing off the corners with proper blind stitches. Students are encouraged to bring their own hand tools, but all necessary tools will be available for those who need them. Slip seat and footstool frames and all necessary materials will be provided. The class will also include a discussion and demonstrations of common repair techniques such as replacing buttons without having to open up the chair! The class is for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery trade.

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There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.