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Upholstery Intensive 3M23

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Take a week off from your Summer routine and spend it in our upholstery workshop!  Spend five full days working on a project of your choice.

This class follows an open workshop format, incorporating students of all levels. Work at your own pace, on your own piece of furniture, with the teacher as your guide. Leave your work out in the shop and start each morning without having to set up. If you want to complete something in one week, a small chair or ottoman is your best choice.

The instructor will provide essential materials, including 1” foam padding, cotton batting, burlap, muslin, Camric, welting cord, Dacron, and spray glue for the $50 materials fee (included in tuition).

Leave yourself time for fabric shopping after Day 1.  Limit 8 students.

*Please Note:

  • 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.


I took this class because I wanted to learn to do it and bring in a piece of furniture I've been saving.  I really liked that Seymour taught the skills and explained why we were doing it that way, instead of just saying "do it like this." If we understand the WHY we can tackle all kinds of different pieces of furniture in the future!


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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 a project (ottoman, small chair, etc.) to work on

- Bring a fabric you'd like to use; instructor can make recommendations

Other basic materials included, with additional materials available for purchase in class.