Posts Tagged: teaching

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Making a Felt Tip Hammer

Sometimes you’ll find that your DIY upholstery project may include decorative nail head trim. Traditionally, a nylon-tipped tack hammer is the best tool for this job because of its lightweight and non-abrasive tip. If you find yourself in a pinch or you’re not ready to invest in this specialty tool, use this easy one-step tip. To »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Padding Sawhorses

Reupholstering can be rough on furniture. With all of the flipping and turning that goes on, it’s all too easy to nick the finished wood or painted surfaces by accident. Luckily, this problem can be solved by padding your sawhorses. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make your sawhorses furniture safe and super cute. »

Spring Upholstery Classes at Spruce

Class is in session! That’s right; you’ve been asking about upholstery classes and now they’re back! Spruce is offering a variety of fun, hands-on classes this spring suitable for adults of all ages. With the exception of our chair class, all you have to do is bring your favorite fabric, lunch and comfy shoes and »

Upholstered Headboard Tutorial and Giveaway: Win a Creativebug Class!

Amanda’s Upholstered Headboard tutorial was just released on Creativebug! This is the second of a series of online upholstery tutorials we’ve partnered to do with the craft workshop website. Students will learn how to make a cool, custom headboard like a pro from this in-depth workshop. Amanda guides students every step of the way, from »

DIY Honeycomb Fabric Ornaments

Hello readers! I am so excited to be back in Austin. Amanda and I had so much fun on the Spruce book tour, but I was really eager to be home so that I could get into holiday mode.  I have a really fun afternoon project for you! I found this adorable DIY ornament project »

How to Make a Party Hat!

Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around »

Countdown to the Spruce Book!

It’s time to let the flood gates open, ladies and gents! I gave you a small morsel of book candy back in November as I wrapped up the manuscript and have since been planning the most exciting events in Spruce history. Two months from today, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design will be »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather »

Spruce Upholstery Tips

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Creativebug Creations: Macrame Plant Hanger

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

Spruce has been helping ambitious do-it-yourselfers tackle their upholstery projects for several years now.  We recently expanded the possibilities of upholstery education by removing any and all restrictions on what type of furniture is permitted.  From spring tying to cushion sewing, the possibilities are endless.  During our first round of upholstery lessons, our lovely pupils, »

Bring Your Own Chair Class

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has recovered from their holiday splurge.  I may need a couple of more days to detox my body from the massive portions of gumbo and cornbread dressing that I consumed. A couple of weeks ago we held our last “bring your own chair class” for the season.  »

October’s Lampshade Class!

Everything about last week’s lampshade was unorthodox.  There were only 2 students, one teacher, and a lampshade switcheroo right in the middle of the class.  Amanda and Meredith were busy at Design Camp so Clar manned the Spruce ship, and I flew solo as the lampshade professor.  But you know that class was a blast!  »

A Chair Affair!

We’ve done it again!  Another successful chair class for the books.  We had a very colorful crew of five ladies who kept Clar and I very entertained.  The transformations were grand…we made these sad chairs turn their frowns upside down.  Take a gander… [pe2-gallery class=”alignleft” ] [/pe2-gallery] Robin is no stranger to Spruce classes.  We »

Tools of the Trade!

Where would we be without our tools?  Just as a doctor has his instruments, so too do we here at Spruce.  All of the Sprucettes/Sprucer are very talented individuals but, alas, we are not superheroes, therefore, we must seek a little help from our tool friends.  Recently, we played a little game called “what’s your »

Lampshade Party!

August has turned out to be quite a ‘lampshade-y’ month for us here at Spruce.  We produced several new cuties for the shop, Amanda did a step by step DIY lampshade tutorial for Design*Sponge, and Clar and I just taught a lampshade class.  If you have yet to experience the pleasure of taking a class »

40 years of Upholstery!

Have you ever wondered what 40 years of upholstery looks like?  Well now you know.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the gentleman above, allow me to introduce you to Frank Barnhouse.  Yesterday, (August 15th) Frank celebrated his 40th anniversary as an upholsterer.  FORTY YEARS!  That is incredible!  Frank has been particularly special »

Spruce summer school!

It’s that time again….time for another installment of “Spruce class recap”.  We have had a nice variety of classes in the past couple of months, which means we have made a nice variety of new friends.  Our assortment of students was made up of out-of-towners who flew in for classes (we are so flattered), repeat »

Sweet Relief!

When I am not upholstering or sleeping, you will most likely finding me baking.  I have been told that there are five love languages: acts of service, gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time but in my world there is a sixth…and that would be baking.  I don’t use Hallmark to say that »

A lesson from our elders

  A few weeks ago our intern Gabrielle brought us a great treat: she found these cool and super old upholstery books.  As you would imagine we were all quite engrossed with it.  We geek-ed out as only true upholstery/furniture lovers could.  The first book, Essentials of Upholstery, was written by Herbert Blast in 1928.  »

Bring Your Own Chair Class!

It’s time for another installment of BYOC recap!  After a brief hiatus from classes, Clar and I were happy to welcome a new group of eager upholstery enthusiasts into our class room.  We had a variety of styles of chairs to work with and they all turned out beautifully.  Take a look at the before »

Benches Galore!

Hey there Spruce fans.  I thought that I would take a moment to show you what you are missing out on.  Our classes are so much fun and  will teach you a variety of skills that you can apply to other DIY projects.  We just held yet another successful bench class this past Friday, and »

Lampshade and Chair Class!

We’ve completed yet another lampshade and chair class and as always we had a great time.  The lampshade class was easy breezy laid back fun.  The class wasn’t full so we all shared a table and  chit chatted while making making lampshades. The special treat for that day was homemade banana pudding. Last weekend’s chair »

Headboards and Benches…Oh My!

We have been busy busy busy at the shop cranking out client and retail pieces, so our classes have been a welcome interruption.  During the past few weeks we have hosted a bench class and more recently a headboard class.  These two classes are pretty cool because you literally show up with nothing and leave »

Check out the February Design*Sponge Post!

February’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. Click HERE to learn how to transform your plain-Jane coffee table into an upholstered beauty! Take a look at these previous posts to learn tips and tricks for other upholstery projects: upholstery basics: boxed cushion sewing upholstery basics: picture perfect backs upholstery basics: leather bookshelf  

Class is back in session!

Now that the madness from the holidays has subsided, Clar and I are ready to get back to teaching classes!  We have a variety of courses that are sure to excite you.   Back by popular demand we will be hosting a  BYOC (bring your own chair) class, bench class, headboard class, and a lampshade class.   »

Fall Class Transformations!

    We have had such a busy few months so please forgive me for the late posting…but better late than never.  They came, they created, they conquered…and they had fun while doing so.  These classes are so much fun because the gratification is pretty much instant.  Goodwill worthy chairs become unique treasures in the »

December Upholstery Basics is Live!

December’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. If you want to learn how to complete your chair that has a picture-back, click HERE! Take a look at these Upholstery Basics tutorials below to help you complete your redesigned chair: upholstery basics: coil seat finale upholstery basics: constructing coil seats — part 2 upholstery basics: »

Fall Upholstery Classes Open!

I know many of you have been asking, so we have officially posted our Fall 2011 class schedule! If you’re looking for a fun-filled upholstery extravaganza, sign up for a Spruce workshop with Amanda and Clar and makeover a piece of your own. We have BYOC and bench classes available. Check out the schedule below »

New Spruce BYOC Class Open!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! With the dozens of requests that we have received to open up another class, we have decided to do just that! Spruce will be offering another “Bring Your Own Chair” Class on Thursday and Friday, August 11th and 12th. The class will be from 10 am to 4 pm »

Before and After: Spruce’s May BYOC Class!

We recently hosted our very first “Bring Your Own Chair” class in the new space, and it was a huge success! We think the extra room to move around and work really makes a big difference for our students. We had all types of chairs this round, which is fun for everyone to learn and »