Enhance your furniture design with the addition of pattern, texture and comfort in a workshop that explores the possibilities of upholstery. Starting with a basic chair, we strip the layers to discover how an upholstered piece is constructed. We then reverse the process, recreating the piece with webbing, springs, padding and the final embellishment of fabric. Whether your interest lies in adding upholstery to your own frame designs or renovating existing furniture, you come away with the knowledge of the basic tools, techniques and materials of upholstery.
Media & Techniques:
Chairs are torn down to their basic skeleton. Spring systems are explored, and foundation materials such as burlap, batting, foam and Dacron are applied. Bulges are smoothed, bulky areas eased, and raw edges covered with the unique tools and materials of the upholstererÍs craft. Bring your own chair – with the approval of the instructor – or work with the instructor to have one provided for you.
We begin by measuring, marking and documenting the tear-down of your chair. Then we review frame repairs, fabric layout, webbing, springs, padding and applying fabric. Sewing machine operation and demonstrations help you solve the challenges of bulk, bulges and raw edges.
Tina Ortman has owned and operated Sturdy Stitching Upholstery, which combines her love of furniture, sewing and restoration, for 25 years. She learns something new from each piece that comes under her care. Tina lives and works in Bozeman, Mont.