IT IS OUR POLICY TO NEVER OFFER ANYTHING OTHER THAN EXCELLENT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, AND THIS TIME IS NO EXCEPTION - WE OFFER YOU NOT 3 BUT 4 MASTER UPHOLSTERERS.
WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT WE CONTINUE TO OFFER TRAINING AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITES THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE .
August 2019 will see the first time that Upholstery Education will be offering this type of workshop on the East Coast of the United States. We decided that there was only one place to hold this inaugural course and that was New York, or Long Island New York to be precise!
Not only that, but our venue is non other than the superb workshop and showrooms of DeAngelis, Ltd. Ateliers of Custom Upholstery and Fine Drapery, in Glen Head, NY. What better place to learn new upholstery skills than within a legendary family owned workroom that was started nearly 70 years ago?
We believe that there is no better way of learning a new craft or improving your current skills than studying its history. The skills and techniques used by past craftsman and continued by our very own tutors will give you a depth of knowledge that is invaluable.
OUR NEW YORK COURSE IS OPEN TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING THE ART OF UPHOLSTERY THROUGH THE MANIPULATION OF TWINE, HAIR AND HESSIAN.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
Mr ARMAND VERDIER
FOR OUR NEW YORK UPHOLSTERY COURSE EVERY STUDENT WILL BE UNDERTAKING INTENSIVE TRAINING UNDER ONE MASTER UPHOLSTERER ONLY. WHILST EVERYONE WILL BE TOGETHER IN THE WORKSHOP, STUDENTS WILL ALL BE WORKING ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS DEPENDENT ON THEIR CHOICE OF MASTER. THIS WILL ENCOURAGE AN ATMOSPHERE OF CREATIVITY AND ACCESS TO VIEW A RANGE OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OR HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A CHAIR WE CATER FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS.
In some parts of Europe, a small sprung stool is often the first piece an apprentice would complete in the craft of upholstery , and is known as a "Tabouret Carre".
This stool would then effectively become part of their 'tool kit' as the craftsman preferred to work seated on a small stool or chair, with their current workpiece on the ground. This course will be based around upholstering a small stool and is an ideal introduction to Traditonal Upholstery methods using materials such as coir, horsehair, linen twine and muslin.
During these 6 days you will learn about webbing, springing, lashing and stuffing, together with some British stitching techniques that will be used to complete this stool.
This is perfect preliminary training for those who have just a small amount of traditional knowledge or those who are total beginners and wish to start their journey in learning all about the art of horsehair upholstery.
Created by German born brothers Gustave and Christian Herter, the Herter Brothers firm established and based itself in New York city in 1864, reaching prominence in the mid to late 19th Century (1864-1906). The Herter Brothers were at the helm of the American aesthetic movement and led the gilded age of the American Renaissance Revival in furniture and design.
Arguably the leading furniture making firm in the United States during the mid to late 19th Century, catering to the most discriminating patrons of its time, such as William H.Vanderbilt, Colt, J.Pierpont Morgan and the White House, Herter Brothers created cosmopolitian environments detailing every aspect of interior design, including furniture and woodwork, wall and ceiling decoration, floor treatments and draperies.
The Herter Brothers story weaves together many threads in the cultural tapestry of the gilded age, illuminating a rich cross fertilization of artists, craftsmen, designers and influences bridging Europe & America.
This course will allow the student to upholster a dining chair seat in the manner and shape distinctive to a Herter Brothers dining chair. The traditional upholstery techniques will follow methods and materials used during this period. Students will learn how to upholster a fully traditional sprung seat on a trapezoidal frame. This course will technically prepare you to not only be versed in traditional 19th Century upholstery techniques in general, but also prepare you to be able to upholster any dining chair with a sprung seat.
The comfort expected from upholstered furniture today owes a debt to the Victorian era (1837-1901) The Victorian craftsmen were responsible for many of the techniques that are still used today by modern upholsterers.
New springs, increased padding and in the second quarter of the 18th Century the introduction of buttons which replaced tufts. Because of the new springs, chair seats became deeper and as a consequence chair backs too. Deep buttoning gave the illusion of comfort but was in fact a more decorative element.
The technique of deep buttoning is one that needs to be undertaken by all upholsterers whatever their skill level, and many find it a challenge to master. This course will cover stitching a 'well-edge' and explain how to button a chair back, including a lumbar pad, through a deep stuffing of hair in a typical British manner.
The French squab cushion is traditionally used on solid wood or cane seats or backs. The squab is a firmly stuffed seat cushion made with an inside hair case and then sewn using multiple running stitches ( known as Mattress stitch) around the edge to ensure it remains firm. Although there does not seem to be any formal documentation saying when the first squab was produced, it does seem that this style of cushion started to be used in wealthy households during the 18th Century. Before this we know that a "carreau", which was the name given to a square shaped cushion, was only used to kneel or put your feet on. This was usually filled with straw instead of horsehair as you would expect with a modern day squab cushion .
Today, the traditional squab cushion seems to have become popular again and is often used for bay window seats, on caned chairs and can be covered using a variety of fabrics including Silk damask and horse hair fabric. During this course students will work on a squab using techniques developed during the Empire Style, an early 19th Century design movement in architecture, furniture, decorative and visual arts. The techniques learnt on this course would be an excellent introduction to those students who wish to venture down the avenue of freestyle creation of any shape and form.
EACH STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHOOSE WHICH MASTER UPHOLSTERER THEY WISH TO TRAIN UNDER.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU INDICATE YOUR CHOICE ON THE BOOKING FORM. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBMIT YOUR BOOKING FORM WITHOUT CHOOSING A MASTER. YOU WILL BE TOLD IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR CHOICE IS FULL.
Herter Bros. Sprung Seat
262 GLEN HEAD ROAD,
GLEN HEAD, NY 11545
Situated on what was once known as the Gold Coast, and is now known as the North Shore Long Island.
Beginning in the early 1890's lavish private estate were erected on the "Gold Coast" of Long Island. In all, over 500 mansions were built during this spree, concentrated in 70 square miles. The greatest architects, lanscapers, decorators and firms were employed. Today only about 200 survive. As fortunes faded some of the largest most prominent showpieces, such as Castle Gould ( known as Hempstead House under the ownership of Daniel Guggenheim) in Sands Point, Theodore Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill, the Vanderbilt museum to name a few were turned into museum homes, resorts and conference centers.
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