Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli
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 Mascelli has been a professional upholsterer his entire career and brings a lifetime of experience to this hands on class.
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 Guide to a Dying Art”, which will be enhanced with demonstrations illustrating the tools and techniques portrayed. “A Tale of Two Chairs” presents step by step photos contrasting traditional work on a period armchair, and modern methods on a 1940’s chair.
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-scale sprung footstool, by hand tying springs, and learning basic cutting and folding techniques, then finishing off the corners with proper blind stitches.
The class will also include a complete discussion of tools and machines, as well as tips on common repair techniques such as replacing buttons without having to open up the chair !
Students will receive a booklet containing, excerpts, illustrations, yardage charts, and sources of supply. This class is for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery trade. All of the tools you will need will be provided by Mike but if you shoulld want to bring your own the list is below.
- 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 half scale sprung ottoman
- Master the hand tying of springs, and blind stitching
- Learn repairs such as button replacement
Sign up Today! Tuition $365.00 Plus materials ($55.00 + tax)
Section 021123A: Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, 9:30am—5:00pm
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