NOTE: Our SUMMER PROGRAM for CHILDREN is canceled, along with all SUMMER and FALL In-House classes.

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Upholstery Intensive 4M19

Take a week off from your summer routine and spend it in our upholstery workshop—just like our regular Upholstery  class but offered in an intensive five days. 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. Leave yourself time for fabric shopping after Day 1. Take one or more weeks if you have a large or complex piece.

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:

Be prepared to purchase after the first day of class:


4" seat foam

Tools will be provided.

The following materials are included in the cost of tuition:
• jute webbing
• burlap
• muslin
• cotton batting
• cambric
• ruby twine 
• 1-inch. foam only for padding
• spring nails
• welting cord