If you've been following me over the last few months, it's no secret that I've started dabbling in upholstery. I have to say, the bug has bitten. In fact, I have been working on a handful of chairs I will be taking to an art show at the end of the month. That's why you haven't heard from me much on the blog lately. Sorry!
So far, I have been very proud of the upholstery jobs that I have accomplished, but I know that youtube videos and google searches (as helpful as they may be) are not going to teach me the hands on tricks of a real upholsterer. So, I googled upholstery classes and kept coming back to a very impressive ModHomeEc. I initially viewed this page and thought, " how cool it would be to attend these types of classes that are featured?" As I read further, I was ecstatic to learn that the studio is in Indianapolis. It's not exactly close, but it is within driving distance of me. Thus began my upholstery adventure.
Since this class is a workshop, I had to find a side chair to work on and learn from in the class. I chose this interesting side chair that I bought off of Craigslist. I'll have to share with you an interesting story about the man I bought it from later. This is now the second chair I've bought from him.
You can see that it needs some work. What you can't see in the picture is how gross the chair really is. Yay! True makeover potential right there.
Last night was our first meeting. Here is a very blurry picture of me and my chair. The lady who took my picture had never used an iphone before and didn't know how to work it. Lol.
I learned so much at the class. The instructor, Shelly, was an upholsterer for 20 plus years. She started anew teaching people the art of upholstery in her fabulous studio for about 4 years now.
I know Shelly is going to be a wealth of information. I already bombarded her with questions last night with questions. She was very helpful and happy to answer any and every question I threw at her. This is just what I need!
Last night's class was all about tearing down. Here's a look at what my chair looked like once I took the back off:
Before the next class I have to decide on what fabric to use, pain or stain the chair, and get a piece of replacement foam for the seat.
During the 2 hour drive home last night, I was able to get some quiet time. This is a hard thing to come by as a stay at home mom of a 2 1/2 year old. I have to say that I enjoyed the time to think and go over everything I learned from class and how I can apply it to my business.
I am excited to see what next week brings. Thanks, Shelly!
Easier Than I Thought!