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.
- 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 $275.00 Plus materials ($55.00)
Section 030417A: Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm