12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2009
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2009
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!