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4.0 out of 5 stars Too much detail where it's not required and not enough where it is!, 12 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Essential Guide to Upholstery (Paperback)
I did a traditional upholstery course about 5 years ago and decided I wanted to get back into it so bought this book. It starts promisingly enough with some interesting background and then a very detailed and illustrated account of the reupholstery of a deep buttoned chair. Although this is an ambitious project I felt that the book, in conjunction with my previous knowledge, would allow me to complete such a project after starting with a few more simple items first. My disappointment was with the other projects in the book - they are at various levels from very simple drop-in seats to complicated arm chairs and sofas. Each project is given about 4 pages of explanation in contrast to the 40-ish pages that the deep buttoned chair at the beginning of the book is given. That's ok for the simple projects but not for the complicated ones. I guess the idea is to use the experience of the deep buttoned chair to help with the other more complicated projects but it doesn't really work - it's a bit like telling someone how to build a Porsche in minute detail and then expecting them to be able to build a Ferrari with minimal instruction - you could probably do 75% of it but not the whole thing.

So what would I have done differently? - Drop the easy projects, leave out the chapters on 'colour', 'pattern' etc (mostly obvious stuff) and have much more detail for the remainder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for the upholsterer, 16 Nov 2009
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A excellent book with simple but detailed instructions for all upholstery work. I used this book for many years in my interior design business, and have just bought the newer updated version from Amazon.
A great value buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential guide to upholstery, 11 Dec 2009
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This book is excellent both for the beginner as well as an experienced upholsterer. It has a long pedigree and the author is in my opinion far exceeds anything else on the market.
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