French interior and upholstery by Sophie Bailly

New upholstery workshop starting Tuesday April 28, 2015

webbing with stretcherDuring this 18-hour hands-on workshop, you will learn the basic skills used in the upholstery craft and get familiar with the step-by-step process of restoring/redesigning a chair; from stripping down the chair to its final recovering, you will have the chance to discover how to replace a webbing, tie springs, pick the right stuffing (traditional hair or foam), cut and replace the fabric. Most of fun, we’ll talk about design! Expect some homework between 2 sessions, especially if you plan to refinish the wood.

If you have time, strip your chair before the workshop but take pictures of the different layers you will discover under the fabric (keep and bring the old materials to the first class so that we can compare the different techniques. Keep the springs.


APPROPRIATE : Antique or vintage piece of furniture with exposed wood. Make sure that your chair has webbing and springs (otherwise you will not have a chance to learn how to replace it).
Ex : Antique footstool/ side chair / light fauteuil, vanity chair are fine. (featuring max. upholstered seat+ back+ elbow rest)

NOT APPROPRIATE: Everything that you cannot lift by yourself! No settee, wing chair, bergère, no loose cushion, no contemporary chair.
Best is to send me a picture of your project before we start the class.

18 hour-class, 6 sessions
Tuesday 9:30Am-12:30pm
4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 and 6/2

Princeton, NJ – All Saints Church  (Sebastiani Fencing Academy space)

Sophie Bailly-Soulier, Chair redesigner and owner of Tacks and Fabrics

COST / $250

Payment before the class via Paypal, or Card, Cash or check
Additional Supply Cost to be paid at the end of the class (horse hair, batting, webbing, burlap): $25-50 . Fabric not included

A basic tool kit is required but specific tools will be provided

First come, first served, only 8 seats available.

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