Upholstery: The Complete Guide to Professional Results

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New Holland Publishers, 2008 - House & Home - 160 pages
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Traditional upholstery skills are still much in demand for both new furniture and for refurbishing treasured antiques. And this extensively illustrated hands-on guide teaches would-be professionals all the crucial techniques they need to have a successful career. It begins with an overview of the required tools and how to use them, and explains the fundamentals of internal spring and suspension systems, fillings and stuffings, fabrics, and other supporting mechanisms. Novice upholsterers can test their new abilities on seven attractive projects, including a stuffed and stitched dining chair, modern deep-buttoned stool, charming child's chair, day bed, and more. Each step is shown in full color photographs, from preparing the frame and attaching the webbing to applying foam or felt and adding pleats, knots, trim, and adornments.
 

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Contents

TECHNIQUES
42
Applying hessian
50
Applying springs and spring units
56
PROJECTS project i Stuffed and stitched dining chair
76
Victorian nursing chair
88
Modern deepbuttoned stool
96
Modern headboard
106
Childs chair
112
Boxed or border cushion
124
Day bed
134
Glossary
154
AcknowledgementsOrganisations and suppliers
157
Index
158
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About the author (2008)

Malcolm Hopkins has had a long career in upholstery and has worked on all types of commissions from domestic furniture to luxury yachts. He is head of the upholstery department at the London Metropolitan University but as well as teaching, he is still also a practising upholsterer. For his services to the industry, he's been made a Fellow of the Association of Master Upholsterers and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Upholders.

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