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COMPLETE STEP-BY-STEP UPHOLSTERY (article first published : 2005-08-4)

I must admit that whenever I look at a craft or DIY book I get a little afraid. Iím sure most people go through the same emotion. Picking up tacks and hammers and nailing them into wood and the likes is not remotely the same as putting ingredients into a bowl and mixing them up. Thereís a more permanent element attached which requires plenty of effort and patience, which usually leaves you putting the book back on the shelf and heading for the Baking section.

That said, books like Complete Step-By-Step Upholstery have been specially written and designed for people who find the DIY aspects of craftwork a little overwhelming.

It starts with the tools and materials that you would need to begin work; from mallets to needles and horsehair, Hessian and calico through to tacking strips.

Upholstery techniques are then explained with full-colour, descriptive photographs, and fabric suggestions for different types of techniques and styles.

These styles are further broken down into applying the basic skills to an actual project. The results in images are quite amazing - proving that they are completely achievable.

This book is ideal for any avid crafter, or anyone looking for a way to get that hallway sofa looking good again. Published by Struik Publishers it retails at R159.95. - Ruby Bernard




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