11.18.2009

Ruffles...




BITCHY ABBEY ALERT: I never gave you the lowdown on the couch re-upholstery. After the guy I initially called didn't know what 'heather grey' was, I called a different company and made an appointment for someone to come to the house. The woman who arrived was wearing this crazy sweater with animals knitted all over it. The animals looked like they could be lemurs...lemurs that had suffered the rampages of either a poor diet or rabies (perhaps both). She brought the world's ugliest fabric swatches and then went to measure the couch while I perused fabrics (and puked a little in my mouth). Here's what I kept thinking...the folks at Sprucehome get it (see images above), so why can't this lady get it? Instead, she straightened her wacky ass sweater, quoted an insane price for upholstery and for a slip cover, and insisted that both would need ruffles on the bottom. Ruffles?! N-O. Needless to say we won't be having our couch reupholstered by anyone in a lemur sweater. A couple of the local colleges offer upholstery courses and I think it may be worth trying it myself. Has anyone given it a go before? How'd it work out?

13 comments:

compulsively compiled said...

I've taken an upholstery class twice locally. The way my teacher did it was to have everyone bring in the piece that they wanted to reupholster and just work on it in class. She gave everyone step by step instructions rather than whole class lectures. I've since reupholstered 3 chairs and one couch. I am in the process of doing the couch again at this exact moment. I was tired of the zebra print a put on initially. The finishing details are the most difficult for me and I like things to look a little rough and loved so mostly I just leave it when I get about 98% finished. I also have two books that I consult whenever I need to. It's not easy but it's like anything else, once you get the hang of it, you're fine.

Anonymous said...

BAHAHAHA! Ruffles!
Hilarious entry!

minouette said...

I re-uphostered a chair. I didn't take any classes, I just did it. I took off the fabric, used that to make a pattern, made a patchwork including fabric I block printed, and affixed it to the chair with a staple gun. It was a lot of labour, but not really complicated or hard. Much to my surprise, of all the things I've ever made, this gets the most attention (on-line)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22611996@N02/2794372846/in/set-72157605043012003/

I think you should just go for it!

(Also, really, we need to see the rabid lemurs! You should draw the hideous sweater for us. Please!).

Joetta M. said...

my mom took upholstery classes and found it to be a great success. You take whatever you want to work on in and work on it during class. And you have access to all the industrial sewing equipment that makes it easier. you are so crafty i am sure you could do it in no time.:)

electropositive said...

this was an epic post. loved it (lemurs?).

BTW, that black chair with the white dots? love, want, need. omg.

Round Rabbit said...

You wouldn't even need a class, trust me! Get yourself a good book and just start taking the couch apart. It will all make sense once you see how it is constructed. For reals!

Sommer said...

I started an upholstery class last year at the local tech school and after a few adjustments and getting the hang of things, I have myself a lovely ottoman. I continue to take the class and always will - it isn't easy (especially if you're a perfectionist), but it is so gratifying!

Oh, and I have to tell you that I am by far (way far) the youngest person in the class, and all of the older gals swarm about my Amy Butler home dec fabric and give me little gems like, "Oh how interesting. Are those mice?" (Maybe I should have said, "no, they're lemurs." ha!)

Anyhow, go for it, girl! Upholstery needs you!!!

Sommer said...

I'm just re-reading your post and it is cracking me up. Maybe you should run an ad on craiglist:

Upholsterer needed. Those in lemur sweaters need not apply.

Anonymous said...

!! so funny !! so scary !!

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

I got the Singer book for reupholstering to guide me through my first go at reupholstering (a yard sale chair). I really took my time taking the original fabric off the chair, took notes as I did it (even thought I might use a camera to document it, but then didn't) and used that fabric as a pattern for the new upholstery, the did the process in the opposite steps, consulting the book as I went. It was pretty easy, especially since I'm a visual person.

All that said--go for it! And if you want to use my book, I'll be glad to send it to you!

Emily said...

Hello! I love reading your blog! I personally do not know anything about reupholstering however I did come across a post the crafty Silje did here...
http://littlebirdcrafts.blogspot.com/2009_09_01_archive.html

maybe it will be helpful to you! Good luck & happy weekend!
~Emily

Ant said...

You should check out Brandie's work. I've seen her finished pieces in person and they're amazingly professional. Plus, she's in Batavia and somewhat "local".

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandieyourafinegirl/

Anonymous said...

Wow... Hilarity aside, I am so glad I read this post. I have an AWESOME vintage/mod hand-me-down sofa from my parents that I've been scrounging and saving to reupholster. I never thought to take an upholstery class!

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