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Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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“Brown, a professional upholsterer in Austin, TX, knows how to breathe life into tired old furnishings. Her style is hip, eclectic, and delightful, and she injects her personality into the projects, showing off her upholstery prowess. Brown rounds out the manual by offering interior design options. Accompanying photographs demonstrate technique and illustrate each step. Readers will find information on skills requiring much more detail, such as the sewing and stripping furniture, in the appendixes. VERDICT Though the author only covers five projects ― a sofa, an ottoman, and three chairs ― she does so in such great depth that quality wins out over quantity. Upholstering is for the brave, and there are a lot of specialty tools here that might intimidate would-be DIYers. Despite these limitations, this is a wonderfully readable volume that speaks to current style. Very highly recommended for any DIY collection.” ― Library Journal, starred review
Few things make me happier than watching the people we work with here at D*S do well. Amanda Brown from Spruce has been our resident upholstery expert for a while and we were thrilled when she told us she was working on a book. That gorgeous book,Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, officially launched yesterday and is chock-full of beautiful (and helpful) upholstery instructions, illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs. Upholstery has always been daunting to me, but Amanda is an excellent teacher and everything she’s shared in this book will help you master the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.
If you have ever had an inkling to try to upholster a thrift store find, this awesome book can show you how.
Top Customer Reviews
The author covers enough different styles of furniture so that you can tackle anything - and shows you how to determine which instructions would be best in her book for different pieces of furniture.
The upholstery lingo isn't over my head. This is a book that will help the beginner, intermediate and advanced. I feel like I don't need to look anywhere else to learn how to reupholster. She is truly an expert, but remembers how it was to be a beginner.
Many upholstery books I look at seem very dated. They use techniques that aren't current - from what I've seen on blogs and youtube videos. The author combines more modern techniques (using foam and pneumatic stapler) with techniques that will help your piece of furniture stand the test of time.
Her style is lovely. Very inspirational. Combines traditional, vintage with a modern flair.
Great pictures and instructions. High quality book (even has a few book marks built in).
If you're considering buying any upholstery book...you don't need to look any further. The only reason you wouldn't need to buy this book is if you lived in Austin, TX and could take a class from her personally.
This may be the upholstery book you are looking for. I'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw with it.
If I lost it, I'd buy it again, I'd even pay more.
Typically I learn better in a hands on setting vs. in a book, but I thought Amanda Brown did a great job of conveying the information in book form. The book itself is very well laid out and she breaks things down into clear, easy to digest steps with ample pictures. I've looked at a lot of upholstery how-to content on websites and blogs and the way the information is presented here is much, much better than anything else I've come across. I like how the book allows you to mix and match so you can adapt the instructions in the book to the piece of furniture you have. I also especially appreciate that there is a lot of detail here on topics I've seen glossed over elsewhere, like applying double piping. While this isn't an exhaustive, encyclopedia-like book that covers EVERY topic of upholstery, the projects that are featured are pretty varied and represent a nice range. I also really liked the eclectic style of the pieces in her book and found it very inspirational.
The one thing I'd really hoped was in this book but wasn't was more troubleshooting information. To me this is often where I find profession guidance the most help because there have been times when I thought I was following the direction as presented but still managed to do something wrong.Read more ›
I absorbed the book for a full week before getting started on a project I've had in mind for a while. Once I did, I found the project to be less daunting than I expected because of Amanda's wonderful writing and guidance. Not so sure you have the time or desire to reupholster your own furniture? "Spruce. A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design" is still an incredible guide for educating yourself on developing an eye for the right piece of furniture to have professionally done as well as the fabric types and scale necessary to create your dream piece. Plus, it's full of inspirational eye candy. And you can impress your friends by having a DIY upholstery book casually left out on the coffee table!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very detailed and gives wonderful step by step color examples and some great tips. I'm very happy with the purchase!Published 4 days ago by Mark Kelly
Great pictures and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. The projects Amanda describes are easily transferable to your re-upholstery project that differ from hers.Published 12 days ago by Rachelle
I had read this was THE book for people interested in taking on upholstery projects. I first checked out a library copy and quickly decided I had to own this amazingly... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Skidge76
Who doesn’t like do it yourself (DIY) books? Well over the years I have purchased dozens of them. Many of them attempt to show how to accomplish anything. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Scott D.
one of the BEST books for upholstery training.
her pics are great. i like the way she explains steps.
im very happy and would reccommend
A book that must be read if you are going to do upholstery, it gives great details.Published 1 month ago by Kirby Pinkham
This book has so many pictures that our perfect for ACTUALLY learning the skills presented. So many books are filled with a lot of explanation but not many visuals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debora Martinez