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Basic Upholstery 1F19

Basic Upholstery

Given a simple wooden frame, learn webbing, springing, padding, covering and machine stitching—and go home with a fresh new footstool. Limit 8 students

This is a perfect prequel to our regular Upholstery class, if you want some skills before addressing your own furniture.

Basic Upholstery is a structured class. All students work on the same project, a small ottoman, which you take home at the end. You won't learn how to strip and repair used furniture. But you will learn how to upholster a basic piece of furniture from scratch.

If you want to upholster your own pieces of furniture, you may take Basic Upholstery first – or leap right in to our 10–week Upholstery class or Summer Upholstery Intensive. Those are run as open workshops, in which instructors move between students, advising them as their projects progress. In those classes, students bring their own furniture to strip down and re–upholster.

Kathleen Gaskin

Kathleen Gaskin-Holland student

Kathleen Gaskin is proprietor of Decorator’s Workroom (Jamaica Plain), an upholstery shop which she founded in 1990. She grew up in Trinidad, where her father was a joiner and carpenter and her mother a seamstress and chair caner. She is proud to follow in their footsteps.

Kathleen has received numerous awards for her contributions to Jamaica Plain and the City of Boston, including the 2009 Local Hero Award from Vinfen, 2010 Award for outstanding contributions to Boston’s neighborhooods from Action for Boston Community Development, and 2005 Community Leadership Award from Spontaneous Celebrations.

Kathleen first taught at the Eliot School in 1991.

Upholstery & Slipcovers
Materials & Tools:

Please bring to class:

  • Dropcloth (old bedsheet works well) to cover work surface while working
  • Good pair of scissors suitable for cutting upholstery-weight fabric
  • Measuring tape (flexible/cloth, not metal)
  • Straight pins (good, strong ones) and pincushion
  • Seam ripper

All other materials will be provided in class except for fabric. Be prepared to shop for fabric after the first class.

Our website can suggest some places to purchase supplies: