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The Essential Guide to Upholstery Hardcover – 8 Aug 2000

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (8 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781853917578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853917578
  • ASIN: 1853917575
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The title, The Essential Guide to Upholstery is perfect for this beautiful, comprehensive and sumptuous volume. It does not simply possess the practical DIY air of so many upholstery books but rather seduces you into a world of opulence and elegance. First comes an interesting historical introduction, then useful hints on materials, tools and obtaining furniture in need of upholstering as Gates quickly gets into the essential techniques. The first subject is that typical junk shop find, a dilapidated but potentially desirable armchair. As with all the 25 projects, every stage of the restoration process is presented through detailed illustrated and photographed instructions, with close ups of the trickiest bits. These projects range from simple upright dining chairs to a decadently decorative day bed. With each of these projects come plenty of suggestions on colour, fabric and trimmings, nothing too prescriptive though as the emphasis throughout is very much on the fun and satisfaction of transforming an unloved piece of furniture rather than obsessing over historic authenticity.

The layout and photography throughout are a pleasure to behold and the important ingredient, planning, is manifestly demonstrated in the presentation of this book. Throughout, you get the feeling that you are in the safe hands of an expert, which indeed you are. The author, Dorothy Gates is an authority on upholstery and what she tells you is borne out of a lifetime's experience. Taught by her father, she was the first female President of the Association of Master Upholsters and Soft Furnishers and has passed her skills onto her sons and many students. The Glossary and Suppliers and Institutions sections are further evidence of her generous desire to pass down her knowledge. She gives you confidence and enthusiasm to tackle tasks that previously you might have hesitated over. The Essential Guide to Upholstery is a book of admirable provenance--there is probably nothing better in its field. --Teresa Falinska


Offering 25 projects with step-by-step guidelines and colour illustrations and photography, this guide to upholstery offers a thorough grounding to beginners and special ideas for the more experienced. The text also has a section on creating individual style.

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