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Complete Guide to Upholstery: Stuffed with Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

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Has your couch lost its fluff? Has a button popped off a cushion? Now you can learn to fix all these furniture mishaps yourself with The Complete Guide to Upholstery. This is the complete resource for upholsterers at all levels of experience, offering invaluable advice and expert reference for all kinds of upholstery projects. Whether traditional or modern, a fixer-upper or something you want to revitalize with a new look, you'll find all the necessary techniques that apply to all your upholstery projects. Each ...

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Overview

Has your couch lost its fluff? Has a button popped off a cushion? Now you can learn to fix all these furniture mishaps yourself with The Complete Guide to Upholstery. This is the complete resource for upholsterers at all levels of experience, offering invaluable advice and expert reference for all kinds of upholstery projects. Whether traditional or modern, a fixer-upper or something you want to revitalize with a new look, you'll find all the necessary techniques that apply to all your upholstery projects. Each technique in the book is fully explained with easy-to-follow instructions, step-by-step photos, and detailed diagrams for extra clarity.

With this book you will learn:

-To build knowledge and skills: from choosing the right tools and estimating yardage correctly to making covered buttons, and reinforcing sagging webbing, this book shows you the skills and techniques you will need for success in all your projects.

-Step-by-steps: Easy-to-follow instructions, illustrated with clear photographs and diagrams explain the secrets of the most commonly encountered upholstery jobs—from simple tasks such as adding gimp to the more complex projects like stripping and re-upholstering a chair.

-Cutting plans: Use this section as a guide to plan how to measure your project and how to cut fabric to minimize the quantity you have to buy.

You'll even pick up some expert advice on what to look for when buying furniture secondhand and how to diagnose what's fixable and what's not. This extremely comprehensive reference book teaches you the skills to create professional-looking results on any upholstery project you undertake.

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Library Journal

Want to recycle your old furniture with reupholstery? This lovely manual, comparing favorably with Malcolm Hopkins's New Holland Professional Upholstery, contains fine step-by-step photos and tips on technique. Master upholsterer Dobson easily walks the confident beginner through the basics.


—Karen Ellis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312383275
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 414,618
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

CHERRY DOBSON has been a tutor of upholstery for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in the upholstery trade. She has worked on numerous commissions gaining much hands-on experience and obtained a Distinction in Furniture Advanced Studies at the London Guildhall University. Cherry converted and restored a barn on her property into a studio, where she now teaches both day and residential courses.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

About this book 8

The upholsterer's art 10

Tools and Materials 12

Basic tools 14

Webbings and springs 17

Materials 18

Stuffings, fillings, and foam 20

Coverings and linings 22

Textiles 24

Trimmings 30

Techniques 32

Stripping 34

Webbing 40

Springing 46

Working a sprung edge 54

Preparing a burlap base 58

First stuffings 68

Stitching an edge 80

Second stuffings 86

Planning your fabric cuts 92

Attaching new coverings 94

Deep buttoning 98

Vandyking 103

Shallow buttoning 104

Making single and double welt 106

Making box cushions 108

Finishing the chair 112

Close nailing and adding a nail strip 114

Types of Furniture 116

Dining chairs 118

Stuffed over-seats 120

Armchairs 122

Nursing chairs 132

Wood frames 134

Settees 138

Chaise longues 140

Index 142

Credits 144

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    Excellent Book

    I've been an Upholster for over 20 years and this is a very good book for all. Take the time to go over all details and you will not be mislead. The color photos are very well done; step by step instruction and layout is awesome! I also like the variation of project's shown and explained. One of the best books I've seen!

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