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The Complete Upholsterer: A Practical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture [Hardcover]

Carole Thomerson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 1989
This is a comprehensive, practical guide to upholstery. It brings all the techniques of the craft, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, within everyone's reach. Including a detailed run-down on the basic procedures, tools and materials, it demonstrates ten upholstery projects, ranging from the easy (a chair with a slip seat) to the difficult (a chesterfield sofa). An illustrated history of upholstery explores the development of technique and style. Throughout, the emphasis is not only on how to do it, but why, in terms of good styling and statisfying design. The directory of procedures, tools and materials can be applied to any piece of furniture.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (1 Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711205620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711205628
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 20 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you think your sofa is past its best, this excellent guide to do-it-yourself upholstery could give it a new lease of life. Practical, clear advice shows how to put the spring back into tired or lifeless soft furnishings (Ideal Home) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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173 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will last for years 23 Jan 2001
This is the first time I have bought a book specifically about upholstery. I was delighted to have a list of relevant books to choose from and selected this one of the basis of disappointing or no reviews for other books in this section, that it was English (UK) rather than English (US) and... the cover looked lurverly, though they do say.. don't judge a book by .....". However, this book has not disappointed. I'd say this was a book for the beginner, but it contains enough inspiration to last through the years as you progress through and tackle the series of more and more advanced projects (10 in all, from drop-in seat to Chesterfield). The book begins with a potted history of upholstery, illustrated with examples of furniture in art from the 17C and goes on to describe tools, equipment, materials - all well described. The lovely illustrations and text with which the various stages of upholstery are described are excellent and even I, a complete beginner, found the early stages in the process very familiar and recognisable. The advanced stages are every bit as easy to understand and there are useful lists of suppliers of fabric and tools, and a glossary of terms.Described as a "Practical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture", it is comprehensive and will serve as a good clear reference, as it's well written in digestable sections. If I have a critisism it is that, the notes accompanying some the photographs drew my attention away from the text from time to time - but still, that probably says more about me than the book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and helpful altogether - a dream! 22 May 2008
I can only echo what other reviewers have written. If you love textiles, you'll love this book. The history and use of old masters paintings gives a fantastic insight into how textiles have been used through the ages and the author contextualises her descriptions to upholstery projects. This book is an inspiration! I bought this book as an absolute beginner who suddenly thought she might just have taken on a project too big to start with - this book gives me all the detail I need to get started and will help me avoid mistakes. I can feel lots more projects coming along ....!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the experienced and beginner alike. 16 May 2007
I have a few years experience of doing traditional upholstery. I found this book gave me a fresh insight into upholstery as a very personal art form. The writer really knows how to enthuse the reader with the creative spirit. This book is not some dry and dusty manual on how to do it. This book treats upholstery as a fine art, and encourages experimentation, whilst warning against those things she has found do not work artistically.

A good book for the creative artist wanting to express their feeling in some original upholstery. This book is going to make a big difference in my home!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Upholsterer 28 Dec 2010
A super book for the upholstery student (I'm a second year student) and those wanting to tackle a project with help. Clear instructions and great for updating upholstery and some soft furnishing projects - I'd recommend it and Amazon had a good deal on a second hand copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the complete upholsterer 13 Mar 2010
An excellent book showing in specific detail all the upholstery processes I require to complete my upholstery project. An invaluable book for the amateur home upholsterer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 12 Jun 2013
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Wow - what a great book. Very informative with pictures and diagrams and step by step guides. The book begins with a detailed history of upholstery and is sure to teach anyone who has an interest in learning how to do upholstery work. There are projects to do with lots of useful contacts at the back of the book though some of these may be obsolete as the book was written several years ago. Aside from that - this book is a very good guide to the wonderful world of upholstery. I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 19 May 2013
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Just what I needed to help me with my new hobby very informative book thanks what more can I say
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for beginner 13 Mar 2013
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Great book excellent service. Book really shows the detail for a beginner and in a lot of detail, even the difficult stiching bits!
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