This listing is for the workshop that will take place at Carla Pyle’s Livingston, Montana studio on Feb 22-23, 2020. Important: Please read the full class description before adding to cart.
2-Day Chair Upholstery Workshop
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Learn the basics of upholstery while working on your own beginner level chair!
- Repair: Learn how to tell if a chair is worth the work you will put into reupholstery. Take care of a wobbly frame with glue or screws, perform minor spring work (if needed), and get things generally tightened up before you begin rebuilding the upholstery padding.
- Restore: Spiff up the frame with a light cleaning, OR go for a complete transformation with paint or refinishing (best done before class). Need new padding? Choose natural materials (natural latex foam & wool batting) or conventional – learn the difference between them.
- Restyle: The FUN part happens with your new fabric! You can also create an updated look with some minor adjustments to the padding & design (add a welt here, some buttons there).
What the Workshop Includes:
• Two full days (16 hrs) of FUN & hard work (bring plenty of elbow grease!)
Yes, an intensive couple of days, but don’t worry – we’ll have good music and plenty of breaks
• Intro Videos + Handouts:
As soon as your registration is complete, you’ll receive a link to view & download a series of videos & handouts, including:
- Class overview – what to expect when you bring your chair for the weekend workshop.
- Worksheets + Guides to help you get started.
- Instructions for deconstruction of your chair – depending on the complexity of your project, you may want to get a jump on the tear-down so you can complete your chair by the end of the weekend workshop.
- How to evaluate your chair’s condition. If you determine that your chair needs structural repairs, a new plywood seat foundation, or refinishing/repainting, you’ll get guidance on how to get this done or do it yourself before the 2-day session.
- How to measure and calculate how much fabric to buy for your project.
• (optional) Zoom video meet-up for Q&A:
Two weeks prior to to the weekend workshop, you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow students via zoom video, share your project and get your questions answered.
• We provide:
- use of all tools and sewing machines, thread, spring twine, tufting twine, staples, adhesive, covered button molds and hot glue
- professional tips & tricks of the trade
- helpful charts & handouts that you can take home and use on your next project
- a memorable experience and and skills that last a lifetime!
• You provide:
- your pre-approved chair
- upholstery fabric, foam and embellishments such as decorative nails & trim – amount to purchase is determined in the Prep Class
- A fee will be applied to these extra materials if used in class: natural latex foam, dacron batting, cotton batting, wool batting, ticking fabric (for the wool batting), jute webbing, burlap, welt cord, zippers, springs and muslin fabric.
- the moxie to dive in and get your hands dirty!
Nothing beats the satisfaction and fun of restoring a chair in your own unique style and making new friends in the process!
Immediately upon registration, you’ll receive access to Intro videos to help you get started on your project.
Prep Class (self-guided videos + optional zoom meet-up for Q&A):
It’s great fun getting everyone together prior to the Weekend Workshop Session, so I offer an optional zoom video meet-up 2 weeks before the workshop. It’s a fun chance to meet your fellow students, share ideas & challenges, and get your questions answered. Meet-ups last 30-60 min, depending on the projects and questions you bring.
HOMEWORK (recommended to do before weekend session):
- Purchase fabric & new foam (if needed)
- Deconstruction: remove the old fabric from your chair
- Complete any repairs and refinishing/repainting of your frame that may be necessary prior to weekend session
Weekend Workshop Session:
Two consecutive days (8 hrs/day) – You’ll arrive with your chair, fabric and ALL of the old materials that you removed in deconstruction. You’ll be guided through the steps of fitting & attaching your padding & fabric to your chair frame, including any stitching required such as welt or minor piecing of sections, as necessary.
Participants work independently on their projects, with support & hands on instruction personalized to each project. Mingling and cross-pollinating is encouraged! Half the fun is learning from each other’s challenges and sharing new ideas… common side effects are surprise & delight at unanticipated outcomes.
Please read the Class Policies before registering for the class. Your registration signifies your agreement with all Class Policies. All chairs must be pre-approved before the class: Contact Carla to receive an email address to submit photos of your chair.