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Complete Step-by-step Upholstery [Paperback]

David Sowle , Ruth Dye
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Aug 2009
This is the manual for anyone who wants to become a skilled upholsterer. The book contains a total of 15 step-by-step projects. The first eight are basic skills projects and collectively these explain the key skills needed to complete any upholstery task. The projects include a drop-in-bottom chair, an overstuffed seat, caning, a box cushion and recovering a modern chair. The remaining seven projects involve the application of skills learnt in the first chapter. Pieces featured are an Art Deco armchair, a wing chair, a chaise longue and a leather chesterfield. A basic techniques section is included, but the aim of this book is to get straight in to the projects, getting hands-on experience of upholstery. There is information on the tools and materials needed, where to look for furniture that you can upholster and advice on choosing fabric. No other book on the market takes such a clear, progressive approach to teaching upholstery.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (7 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843309297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843309291
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 20.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book with great photo's 22 May 2008
This I think is a book for beginners. It is generously sized and includes actual photographs of each of the projects being demonstrated. It doesn't contain a great deal of text, working mainly with lists of what you need then showing you exactly what to do. There is a good range of projects covering just about any seating upholstery project you might want to tackle. I particularly like the photo's showing where various tools are used (as a beginner, some of the pins and needles look rather oddly shaped to me so its good to see what they are actually meant for!). Well worth buying.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful book with good pictures 17 July 2009
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I bought this with a particular project in mind, restoring a victorian chair identical to the one shown in this book. It probably wasn't the easiest project to start with, but this book shows you step by step what to buy, how to do it and what the finished result should look like.

One or two of the steps could be described a bit more clearly, but this is clearly laid out with good photos - I am delighted with the chair I've done and am about to embark on another. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to make a start on upholstery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and comprehensive book 5 Jun 2010
Forget all other upholstery books; this is the one to buy if, like me, you need detailed photographs to make your understanding of the subject a lot easier. Every project is easily explained and the addition of the clear, detailed photographs make for an extremely good reference book that I will be making a lot of use of. I have bought many books on this subject and have always been frustrated that key areas are 'skipped' over with the assumption that you already know how do them, when they aren't at all obvious, but this book doesn't make those assumptions and clearly explains them. Anyone wishing to teach themselves how to become very competent at upholstery should buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Currently working on a wing chair and using the step by step guide which I'm finding useful. Tackles some projects other books don't which I find a great addition for my library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Present for a budding upholsterer 16 Aug 2013
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Purchased as a birthday present, to help my grandson on his course.He seemed to be very please with it and it is already well thumbed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, clear instructions 20 Oct 2011
By Mrs Q
I found this book to be very useful. The instructions are clear and concise helped greatly by the acccompanying pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Step-by-Step upholstery 13 Jun 2011
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An absolutely brilliant, easy to read and understand book on upholstery. Most impressed with the clear illustrations and instructions. Well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter guide 9 April 2011
By Mrs D
I was pleased with this book as it gives clear instructions to people unfamiliar with doing upholstery including the tools necessary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very handy
Published 29 days ago by Lilly
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocked how expensive this book was!!!!
I ordered this book for my daughter for her birthday ...it arrived on time despite me changing the delivery address, and having it redirected . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Belinda Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars complete step by step upholstery
I've not tried any of the projects yet, but the book seems to be a bit more on the inspiration rather than practical side of things.
Published 7 months ago by M. Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was purchased as a gift for someone who was undertaking an upholstery class. It has been useful and offered some information that is useful to work that is undertaken at home.
Published 7 months ago by Janice Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
An excellent book for a novice like me, instructions straightforward. Would be interested in other titles on this subject.
Published 14 months ago by Susan Ellen Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars HANDY!
I purchased this book so I had a handy reference guide when attempting some DIY on an old chair.
Reminds you of what tools are required before embarking on your project.
Published 15 months ago by Bargain Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars First upholstery book
I gave this book 4 stars as I found it informative and a good starter publication.
It would be a good place for those wishing to make a start in upholstery to start.
Published 16 months ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpfull
I like this book its very informative, if you are a beginner like myself, it gives step by step information on different projects, also pictures which are handy to see how it is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mistymo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great book.You really can learn a lot,and it is easy to understand.Many good pictures.Gets around many different styles.
Published 17 months ago by Dorte Duran Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book
Very clear and easy to understand. Well laid out so excellent for beginners. Would recommend to friends. happy upholstering. bye
Published 18 months ago by Kurt Varley
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