I’m an upholsterer: Steve Cone

I'd heard Steve Cone's name long before I met him. His skills as a top-notch craftsman, businessman, author and educator were common knowledge when I made upholstery my profession in 2001 - co-workers spoke of him with respect that bordered on awe. So I was fairly intimidated by this fictional figure, assuming he'd have an ego to match … Continue reading I’m an upholsterer: Steve Cone

How to make upholstery your career (and whether or not you really want to.)

As a professional upholsterer, I sometimes hear things like, "Oh you are so LUCKY! This is my dream job!!!" I suppose professional knitters and bakers and florists do too. And believe me, I get it - I DO have a very cool job. I get to work with beautiful fabrics and tear apart old interesting … Continue reading How to make upholstery your career (and whether or not you really want to.)

I’m an upholsterer: Diane Parlin

My mom, Diane Parlin, first learned sewing in the Philippines, where she attended high school while her parents worked as missionaries. She took pattern making & garment sewing through the University of Manila, tediously working on an old fashioned treadle machine. It was not love at first sight. After moving back to the U.S. in 1972 at the … Continue reading I’m an upholsterer: Diane Parlin