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Upholstery - Workshop

INSTRUCTOR Cynthia Bleskachek, Will Fifer
PRE-REQUISITES None
STUDENT SUPPLIED MATERIALS

Pre-approved Chair or Ottoman (a piece that you can carry). A photo of your piece must be e-mailed to the gallery upon registration to be evaluated by the instructor. Your chair MUST be Pre-approved.

Covering Fabric may be purchased at a local fabric store (S.R. Harris; Mills End; Jo-Anne; etc.) You may also shop for fabric at the gallery. We offer fabric through Charlotte Fabrics in Minneapolis.

CLASS SUPPLIED MATERIALS

Most supplies are provided. Certain supplies (foam) will be available to purchase at wholesale prices (see below).
Students can bring their own supplies if they prefer.

TIME REQUIRED 5 four-hour sessions
CLASS DESCRIPTION

The first session will involve instruction on the proper stripping of the piece [yes, there are handy and time saving tricks] and discussion of the phases of your project from start to finish. This time will also be used to make sure supplies will be available and on hand for the completion of your project, and to answer any questions you may have. Students can purchase supplies in class (see below), or provide their own. Students are provided with basic tools for use in class (staple puller, mallet, shears, tape measure, side cutter, regulator, pliers)

The remaining sessions will be devoted to learning upholstery techniques related to your project, and those of your fellow students. Classes are limited to six students to ensure you get the individual attention you need to keep working and progressing, as well as the sharing of ideas, tricks and shortcuts of the trade. Bring your fabric, or email if you need suggestions on where to purchase fabric and/or how much you need for your project. The focus of this class is to have fun learning the art of re-upholstery, and hopefully complete our projects.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES & MATERIALS

Foam, Springs & finishing are available through the gallery at wholesale pricing.

Foam in any firmness.

Springs (rarely required):

Coil Springs 5" through 12" - $2.50/each

One hour of frame repair work is included in the class fee. Additional work will be estimated during the first session.

Spray Finishing:

$50 for average chair sprayed in clear or toned catalyzed Lacquer

Note: This cannot be done during class. Your chair must be prepared by the end of second session. Prep can be arranged at $30/hour shop rate.