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Getting Started With Upholstery

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Breathe new life into the timeless furniture you love! Reupholster a dining chair and side chair as you learn to re-cover your furniture.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a supply list, cutting tips and printable measurement charts
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cynthia Bleskachek
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Bring your furniture back looking better than ever! Join upholstery professional Cynthia Bleskachek and learn how to reupholster a chair seat. During class, you’ll build a solid repertoire of techniques you can take into your future furniture-covering endeavors, practicing on a slip-seat and side chair along the way. Discover which types of fabric best fit your needs, the proper tools for the job and how to tear back old fabric for a fresh start. Cynthia will help you conquer corners and curves to get even coverage, and show you how to make precise relief cuts for smooth, pucker-free upholstery. Plus, you’ll install tack strips for clean edges, and learn to add designer details like buttons and nailhead trim!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Starting the Slip Seat
Meet upholstery instructor Cynthia Bleskachek and preview the essential skills you'll learn in class. Then, start reupholstering a slip seat! Discover which types of fabric work best for upholstery. Learn the proper technique for removing staples from furniture. Plus, get step-by-step instruction on measuring and cutting your new fabric.
2. Finishing the Slip Seat
3. Starting the Side Chair
4. The Seat
5. Seat Completion & Inside Back
6. Outside Back
7. Finishing & Variations

Recommended with this class

  • Pneumatic staple gun with air compressor (recommended) or manual staple gun
  • Tack hammer
  • Upholstery fabric

Taught by

Cynthia  Bleskachek
Cynthia Bleskachek
Rejuvenating old furniture is Cynthia Bleskachek’'s passion. Growing up in her mother’'s home-based business, Cynthia developed a deep appreciation for the craft of upholstery. In 2001, she joined the Professional Upholsterers Association of Minnesota and began her own upholstery career. In 2015 she was a featured presenter at the Minneapolis Junk Bonanza and has spoken at many industry events. Today, you can find Cynthia working and teaching at her St. Paul shop, The Funky Little Chair.

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