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Upholstery Immersion (Thursday morning) 2W24

You can register for this class starting November 15th. 

Have a piece of furniture that has potential, but needs a makeover?  Looking to learn how to do-it-yourself?  Join our Upholstery Immersion course.

Work on a project of your choice in an open-format classroom.  Bring your piece to the first class to assess and plan, with instructor input.  No set curriculum, the instructor will circulate and offer instruction at all levels.


BEGINNERS: You will be most satisfied if you start small with a dining room chair, footstool, or ottoman. An armchair or wing-back chair will take more than one semester to complete.  Occasionally, smaller pieces may take more than one semester.

INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: You may prepare for class by stripping your furniture at home.


*Please Note:

Storage is limited. No love seats, chaise lounges, sofas. 

Please bring sound furniture only.  We do not offer repair services and any repairs should be completed prior to (re)upholstering. 

If you will need help moving/lifting your piece when you are on-site, please contact the Office at least two weeks before your class begins to make arrangements with our Facilities Manager.


In summer, we offer a Summer Upholstery Intensive – a full week of upholstery education and practice.   Leave your work out in the shop each evening, and spend each day fully immersed in the craft of upholstery.

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Kathleen Gaskin

Kathleen Gaskin

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 to bring to class:

*Bring to the first class:

Your piece of furniture. You may store it here for the semester but you must remove it after that. Beginners will learn to strip furniture in the first class session.

Two dropcloths (old bedsheets work well): one to cover work surface, one to cover furniture in storage


If you will need help moving/lifting your piece when you are on-site, please contact the Office at least two weeks before your class begins to make arrangements with our Facilities Manager.

Recommended, after the first class (check with instructor in class before shopping):

Measuring tape

Good pair of scissors suitable for upholstery-weight fabric

Tack and Staple Remover (Tool #121)

Tack claw (Osborne # 202)

Magnetic hammer (Osborne #222)

10" Upholstery shears (Osborne #684-10)

Ripping tool (Osborne #402)

Curved needles (Osborne #K-3)

Straight-point needles (Osborne # K-5)

Upholstery pins (Osborne #190)

6-oz. Upholstery tacks

Marking chalk (Osborne #88)

Additional Supplies

The following will be discussed in class:




1” or 4” foam

cushion foam

cotton batting


Italian Ruby twine – 1 lb. spool

spring-tying twine

spring nails

fabric: 5/32” welt

* NO LARGE ITEMS (sofa, bed, love seat, chaise lounge)

*ONLY ONE PIECE AT A TIME per student, as our storage space is limited

*YOU MUST TAG YOUR FURNITURE with your name, phone number and semester

*YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR FURNITURE at the end of the semester