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The Eliot School

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Jamaica Plain
24 Eliot St
Holbrook St
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 17 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this furniture class:

Learn the art and craft of fine upholstery, working with your own furniture. Practice stripping, spring tie-off, covering, cushions and the use of materials and tools including sewing machines. The class follows an open workshop format; instructors give individual guidance based on student needs. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time.

Important Things to Note:

  • BEGINNERS PLEASE NOTE: You will be most satisfied if you start small with a dining room chair, footstool or ottoman. An armchair or wing-back chair will take more than one semester to complete. Even smaller pieces may take more than one semester.
  • INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: You may prepare for class by stripping your furniture at home. Beginners may wish to strip with supervision of the instructor
  • Monday morning, Tuesday night and Thursday morning Upholstery classes take place in our basement classroom.
Please Note:
  • NO LARGE ITEMS (sofa, bed, love seat, chaise lounge)
  • ONLY ONE PIECE AT A TIME per student, as our storage space is limited
  • YOU MUST TAG YOUR FURNITURE with your name, phone number and semester
  • YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR FURNITURE at the end of the semester
Bring to the first class:
Your piece of furniture. You may store it here for the semester but you must remove it after that. Beginners will learn to strip furniture in the first class session.
  • Two dropcloths (old bedsheets work well): one to cover work surface, one to cover furniture in storage
  • Needed after the first class:
  • Tool Kit
  • Check with instructor in class before shopping.
  • Measuring tape
  • Good pair of scissors suitable for upholstery-weight fabric
  • Tack and Staple Remover (Tool #121)
  • Tack claw (Osborne # 202)
  • Magnetic hammer (Osborne #222)
  • 10" Upholstery shears (Osborne #684-10)
  • Ripping tool (Osborne #402)
  • Curved needles (Osborne #K-3)
  • Straight-point needles (Osborne # K-5)
  • Upholstery pins (Osborne #190)
  • 6-oz. Upholstery tacks
  • Marking chalk (Osborne #88)
Additional Supplies
The following will be discussed in class:
  • webbing
  • burlap
  • muslin
  • 1” or 4” foam
  • cushion foam
  • cotton batting
  • cambric
  • Italian Ruby twine – 1 lb. spool
  • spring-tying twine
  • spring nails
  • fabric: 5/32” welt
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Located in the center of Jamaica Plain near the Soldiers Monument, between the Jamaicaway and the intersection of South Street and Centre Street.
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School: The Eliot School

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. The school celebrates its 340th birthday in 2016 with parties, talks, an exhibition and more.  

We offer classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other...

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