French interior and upholstery by Sophie Bailly

New upholstery workshop starts Oct. 3!

I am really enthusiastic to start a new upholstery workshop in October with the Princeton Adult School. Be prepared for a fully hands-on workshop, where you will use hammer, stretcher and needles! the class will run for 10 sessions ( from oct.3, thurs. 6:30-8:30), which makes 20 hours to – hopefully- finish your project… During these evenings, I will show you how to proceed to reupholster your chair, using either traditional or modern upholstery method (means fiber stuffing/ stitching vs foam). If you never did it before, no worries, everything is doable, as long as you are motivated !

Want to know a bit about your instructor?
My name is Sophie, and I am French, big deal regarding upholstery! I have been doing upholstery for at least 15 years now. Everything started when I was living in the historic city of Orleans in France, located in the fantastic Loire Valley. I was going every Saturday on flea-market, rain or shine, trying to get nice antiques… You might have heard about all those Louis-something styles, right? That’s how I got a lovely pair of Louis XV Bergère and decided to take my first evening class with Mr Druffin, who was a very funny craftman.. He taught me the french upholstery technique, using the double stuffing with vegetal and horse hair layers…. Than I moved to Scandinavia where I really loved the Gustavian style, based on elegant and light interiors. After four years in Oslo, where I practiced upholstery in a huge attic, we moved to Princeton. I was very surprised to find so many armchairs on the side of the roads and couldn’t resist to adopt some of them! … And here I am, running my small business, having turned my hobby to a full time activity! Teaching is for me enjoyable, meeting new personalities from different backgrounds and sharing my passion. And guess what? Once you’ve done one project, you’ll never stop! This is a virus… and there is no vaccination yet, you’ve been warned 😉

So after all this “bla-bla-bla” about me, if you are still interested in taking my class, then go quick on the Princeton adult school website and sign-up! There is only few places available!
Feel free to contact me before the class starts and send me the picture of your piece of furniture so that I can advice you. Keep in mind that you will have to bring back your chair home after any session and that we “only” have 10 evenings… So, please, avoid sofa and heavy projects. Side chair or light armchair with exposed wood kind of frame is the best.

Can’t wait sharing my passion with you


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