Adding the ability to upholster to one’s repertoire opens up even more possibilities for woodworkers and furniture makers in what and how they design and build. Keaven uses her background in furniture design and her extensive hands-on experience in upholstery to demystify this ancient craft for anyone with a desire to learn; no previous experience or furniture design knowledge required! Students come away from this class with two projects under their belts, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the foundational tools and techniques required to tackle most common upholstery projects.
During this week-long course, students learn how to make a basic slip seat for a standard dining chair as well as a sprung ottoman with traditional 8-way tied springs. Through hands-on practice, students learn to design upholstery treatments, pull and tack webbing, hand-tie coil springs, install zig-zag springs, create a professional upholstery foundation with padding and muslin; and learn to blind stitch and hand-close seams.
Keaven Willa Hartt graduated from the Maine College of Art & Design in 2014 with a BFA in Woodworking & Furniture Design, with a thesis in Sustainability Through Reupholstery. She started her own upholstery business in the fall of 2019, and became a member of the Board of the National Upholstery Association in 2022, acting as their Secretary. She is now the President of the NUA, where she works with her fellow board members to advance and advocate for the field of Upholstery. Keaven lives in Portland, ME, with her husband and two dogs. Her website is willahartt.com.
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