This week on YouTube, we're starting the cushions for Aunt Bea (watch the video - don't forget to like and subscribe!) Rumor has it, back when Minneapolis VoTech had a degree program, the first thing students had to do was sit down and sew a cushion. By which point, a certain percentage said forget it, … Continue reading It’s time to have The Talk . . . about cushions.
Here's something I hate: walking into a restaurant and not knowing what I'm supposed to do. Do I sit? Do I wait? Am I coming in the right door? Why doesn't this menu make any sense? Is this the order window? Is it the pick up window? Do I leave my dishes on the table? … Continue reading How to train your client
We have this very wonderful rule in our house: Whoever reupholsters the furniture gets to call dibs on sitting in it. Isn't that a great rule? I wish I could remember who made it . . . I have two boys (three if you count my husband) who will fight to the death for second … Continue reading The Funky Little Love Seat
Working on furniture is much easier when you have sawhorses that are appropriately designed for the task -Today, we’re going to show you how to make a simple pair for your own shop or home work space. These sawhorses are much lower than those used for other tasks. This helps bring furniture to a comforable … Continue reading DIY Upholstery Sawhorses
It's official!! We survived our YouTube adventure!!! Rather than tag/link all the tools and products we used as we went, we decided to do one big post at the end. Which is this!!!! May we recommend saving it for future reference?? (We've also outlined the skills covered in each section for your convenience 🙂 ) … Continue reading Reupholster Aunt Bea: Product and Resource Guide
This week on YouTube, we're (finally!!!) wrapping up Aunt Bea, HOORAY!!!!! As a last hurrah I decided to dive into a very sticky topic of conversation: How much does reupholstery cost???? If you haven't already noticed, shops tend to be very skittish and noncommittal about sharing their pricing publicly. We're not trying to be evasive. … Continue reading How much does it cost to reupholster a chair?
This week on YouTube, we're starting the outsides on Aunt Bea, HOORAY!!!!!! In the months leading up to this section, I gave considerable thought to what we should include. I weighed options, and consulted with Amy Oh. In the end, we settled on one simple, versatile technique: hand stitching. Hand stitching is such a beautiful … Continue reading Tack strip, and pli grip and hand stitching, oh my!
When I was little, I had a best friend. She was an only child. Her mom was a dental hygienist. Her dad collected civil war memorabilia. Their house was tidy, and quiet, and perfect. Weekends included family trips to museums, and sandwiches served with cloth napkins. I, on the other hand, had 5 siblings. My … Continue reading What’s your story?
This week on YouTube, we're creating the cushion inserts for Aunt Bea. Cushions are tricky business. "Comfortable" is endlessly subjective, and the margin of error is alarmingly small, considering that foam and fabric are infuriatingly imprecise I wouldn't presume to answer all your cushion questions in one post (even if I COULD answer all your … Continue reading Foam selection for upholstery: What you need to know
Ahhhhh, giant repeats and carefully matched motifs!!!!! So delicious!!!! Everybody LOVES to see photographs of pattern matching done well. BUT BUT BUT!!!!!!! Lining up a two dimensional pattern on a three-dimensional object is no small feat. And at the moment I'm not talking about the skill required, or the struggle of inexperience. I'm talking about … Continue reading Pattern matching: The art of compromise
2018 is nearly upon us! I don't know about you, but I'm already noodling resolutions and goals for the new year. But before we close the books on 2017, how about we take a last look back? What exactly does an upholstery year look like??? Every shop is different, and I wouldn't dream of suggesting … Continue reading An Upholstery Year in Review