Upholstery: A Complete Course

Upholstery: A Complete Course

by David James
Upholstery: A Complete Course

Upholstery: A Complete Course

by David James


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Upholstery: A Complete Course comprises an encyclopedic guide to the techniques & materials of the craft in addition to fascinating information on its history and development. With detailed pictures and illustrations by David James to help guide you, the old furniture needing an update will be brought back to life in no time. This book continues to thrive and inspire those wanting to give a piece of their furniture a fresh new look.

The 5 step-by-step projects included allow even unskilled first-timers to put the book’s key techniques into practice, and professional advice on how to price materials will get any budding upholsterer off to a great start. Almost 500 detailed line drawings created by the author illustrate every aspect covered in the text. This new edition includes an updated bibliography and contacts section to ensure its relevance and upholstery terms have been added.

Here’s what you’ll get in this complete guide:

  • - A comprehensive guide to the craft, appealing to all levels of ability.
  • - A view of the history and development of upholstery, through the tools, materials, and techniques, both traditional and modern, and including frame-making.
  • - Five projects with step-by-step photographs.
  • - Beautiful line drawings throughout.

The wealth of material about historical styles and techniques is perfect for those seeking knowledge and a terrific resource for professional restorers. Whether you are new to the craft or serious about upholstery restoration, this book is the essential reference guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784946555
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 250,474
Product dimensions: 8.33(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

David James has worked in upholstery since leaving school. He teaches upholstery at the university level and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Buckinghamshire New University. His recent work as an upholstery consultant includes wall coverings and projects involving the restoration of historic upholstery. This will be David's eighth book on upholstery, all published by GMC.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 History 10

Chapter 2 Development 18

Chapter 3 The Workshop 25

Chapter 4 Tools and Power Tools 32

Chapter 5 Machines and Mechanization 50

Chapter 6 Materials 66

Chapter 7 Fabrics and Covers 92

Chapter 8 Leather 108

Chapter 9 Preparation of Material 118

Chapter 10 Foams 134

Chapter 11 Frames and Structures 148

Chapter 12 Springs and Suspension Systems 162

Chapter 13 Traditional Techniques 178

Chapter 14 Modern Techniques 202

Chapter 15 The Traditional Chair 222

Chapter 16 Hand-Sprung Upholstery 244

Chapter 17 Settees and Other Pieces 254

Chapter 18 Beds and Bedding 271

Chapter 19 Restoration 284

Chapter 20 Upholstery Projects 295

Conversions 308

Glossary 309

Upholstery Terms 312

Bibliography 312

Useful Addresses 313

About the Author 314

Acknowledgements 314

Index 315

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