DrupalWomenQ-#8541

Do you think that creating your own home decor is for younger women, just starting out, or do you think it’s a creative and therapeutic outlet? Have you ever reupholstered a thrift store find? Do you think taking a class in DIY Upholstery sounds like fun?

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  1. marni wrote on :

    YES! I would love a DIY upholstery class!

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  2. Vera Brasher wrote on :

    I think more people should invest in their own “creativity.” Although I have been reinventing furniture pieces for years with either paint, upholstery or both I was always concerned about what other people would think and made my choices based on those ideas. When I decided to let my own ideas rule it became much more of a therapeutic outlet for me. I now have a house filled with antiques, repurposed and even somewhat new furniture. It works for me!

    And yes, even though I worked in a furniture factory when I was younger (how I learned to upholster) I would love to take a class in upholstery to learn some new tricks.

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  3. Brenda Cline wrote on :

    I am the “Mini Me” of Martha Stewart! Creating your own decor is not just for younger women or someone on a budget. A person does not have to invest a lot of money to redecorate any room. Making a room “yours” will add to any room.
    Take a chance and think outside the box, be creative, have fun….I found a beaten little slipper chair at a garage sale. It had such character and good bones. I recovered it with lime green fabric and with little ocean blue flip flops, added a natural grass skirt on the bottom edge -it was fabulous and fun. Made a great addition to my beachie bed room. PAINT, PAINT, paint is cheap you can get a lot of mileage and quickly change the whole room’s feel with the change of color. Best of all when you get tired of the color you can just repaint! The self satisfaction of doing something yourself and standing back and saying to yourself “I did that”!

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  4. Dolores wrote on :

    Yes, I like creating thins, I like to work with my hands, that is a good idea, I would love to take a class in DIY Upholstery I have a beauty chair that I want to upholst

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  5. Kathryn97756 wrote on :

    I believe we should continue to learn and grow and try new things. I would love to take an upholstery course. I had an aunt who took one when the last of her 16 children started school.

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  6. lorimed75@gmail.com wrote on :

    Nooo!! Having the joy of creating our own home decor is for us all – at whatever age. I do think it gives us a creative outlet and that it is therappeutic especially when you’ve just moved! I haven’t reupholstered anything yet but I’ve been wanting to and I do think it would be fun!

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  7. Rosemarie Sussex wrote on :

    I think if you start with small items like maybe unique throw pillows you can test the waters for your own commitment and consumer appeal. I’ve reupholstered my own sofa when my daughter was getting married and I needed to update the house but money was tight. I did it completely by hand. I changed out the seat cushions with new foam cushions in one large piece and covered with batting and then covered with the fabric. I was able to use the same and complementary fabrics to make the window treatments. The house looked beautiful. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    • shellyleer wrote on :

      I run an upholstery teaching studio and classes always fill up. For the most part, it’s younger women and men. There’s a small percentage of my peer group and I wonder why they don’t enjoy it like the younger ones. It’s therapy while working with your hands. A winning combination, if you ask me.

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    • Rosemarie Sussex wrote on :

      Sorry I misunderstood your question, I thought you were i asking for yourself.
      I think you come to an age and time in your life when as much as you want your home to be attractive and comfortable you aren’t in the mind set to do the physical work yourself. As much as I always did my own window treatments etc. I really not into it anymore.
      I have taken up painting watercolors to keep the creative juices flowing.

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    • shellyleer wrote on :

      Thank you. So, my followup question is this: Am I nuts to be trying to teach my skill to “the young ones”? It’s fun, but difficult to keep up with their online ambitions. My daughter tells me just to “own it”, the fact that I’m older and more experienced. Wish it was that easy.

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    • Rosemarie Sussex wrote on :

      From your picture you look very young so I would say go with your daughter and “own it” . Nothing is easy as I’ve learned these last few years, continuentondonit until you don’t love it anymore. Good luck to you. Do you have a web site with what you teach?

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    • shellyleer wrote on :

      I’m not young. I just erased some of my wrinkles off that picture.
      I do have a website. http://www.modhomeec.com. I owned my own upholstery studio for seventeen years while my kids were growing up. There’s a huge demand for classes. Teaching is so much better than doing other people’s pieces.

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    • arlene satz wrote on :

      I agree about the therapy of sewing. I made my entire wardrobe for years. Not only did it give me a great sense of accomplishment, but I could take designer patterns and custom fit them to my specifications. Women with long arms couldn’t buy a suit or blouse off the rack, and if you could the price was out of reach. I also really enjoyed buying upholstery fabric and bringing an old piece back to life. Need to find someone to do some maintenance on the old machine and get back.

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    • lorimed75@gmail.com wrote on :

      I think I misunderstood your first question as well but as I think back, maybe you have more younger students because their schedules are more flexible. I’m not sure your age because you look so young but when I think back towhat was going on in my 30’s and 40’s it was working, my child’s school and other activities, our family activities etc. What I’m finding out in my now mid 50’s is that I have more time to finally start taking the classes I have wanted to. I also have a friend in her 60’s who also is into taking varios classes so I’m not sure that it’s something your nuts to do. First I think it’s great your teaching it so we don’t lose the art of homemaking skills. It’s not taught in schools anymore so you’re doing a good thing! Lastly, my question to you is – do you find it fun and full filling? After all is said and down that’s the bottom line. Hope this was helpful – Lori

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