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Complete Step-by-Step Upholstery Hardcover – June 28, 2005

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About the Author

Ruth Dye took up upholstery as a hobby. As she gained more experience she found that she had a real aptitude for the craft; word spread and she soon found that she could earn her living doing upholstery. Together with her partner David they formed the business, Oldsofas.com, a website from which they sell upholstered furniture. They now have a thriving business and live and work in southwest Wales.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland; 1 edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843307979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843307976
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By JJ Johnson on December 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book directs the reader through several projects, beginning with a very simple one to one that is quite complicated. Covers a wide range of techniques, and displays each step quite clearly with many good photographs. The book is particulary valuable for upholstering antique pieces with materials similar to what would have been original to the piece. There is not a piece of foam used in any of the projects. Some upholsterers find that the vegetable fiber is more difficult to smooth out than foam, particularly for the inexperienced student. But if you want to see traditional techniques beautifully illustrated, this is the book for you.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Artisans Workspace on May 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is precisely for the beginner who wants to know how to do upholstery the traditional way -- not simply slap a piece of foam in place and call it a day. The steps involved may put some people off because it seems to be a lot of work. But upholstery IS a lot of work; and done this way, will last more than one's lifetime. If you are someone looking for shortcuts, then this is not the book for you. If you are interested in learning proper techniques that will stand the test of time, this is definitely a great reference -- you won't be disappointed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennz201 on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent resource for beginners and experts alike! Great photos and step by step instructions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melissa S. Arbour on December 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
I scoured the internet searching for resources to reupholster a family heirloom. It had been stored for many years, so I was totally grossed out when I found dead baby mice inside the horsehair seat. While looking for resources online, I was disappointed to find amateur instructions that included stapling rather than tacking. My husband purchased this book for Christmas and I was delighted to find instructions on how to reupholster the chair, beginning to end. It included lists of supplies for each project, clear step-by-step in color pictures using traditional methods. It also showed me how to attach buttons- something that I thought would be impossible for me to replicate. I can't wait to finish my project!!! Thank you for this practical, informative book that allows me to recreate the chair as traditionally as possible.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rlb0739 on August 22, 2013
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The instructions are step by step, but out of date -- so you'll learn how to use hessian (or burlap, as we call it) webbing and vegetable fiber. If that excites you, buy the book. As a secondary book for someone looking to restore older pieces, it would be excellent. But, for someone looking for a primary, contemporary guide (using tools like staple guns, nailers, foam cushions, etc) this book is useless. There should be clearer communication about the nature of the instruction (maybe adding traditional or old-fashioned in the title). But the instructions on caning a chair are awesome and with a lot of us updating cane chairs, that's useful. Not worth buying the book for, but useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pamela D. Crouch on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The author covers materials, methods of construction, and options for upholstering or re-upholstering in traditional style. There are ample photographs and illustrations, and the author has selected some nice pieces as examples. I recommend it for the new upholstery learner, or those curious about traditional upholstery methods.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lavern S. Long on August 13, 2009
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I have never tried upholstery and this book has given me not only the knowledge to do so, but the confidence too. I am a visual learner and all the photos are most helpful. Happy sewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sureschell on February 27, 2013
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This is a good tool for those of us who are skeptical about venturing into reupholstering but would like to give it a try. I have tried it on inexpensive chairs and benches with very good results.
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