I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Karen Erickson for mentoring me thru the Slipcover Certification program. The program has broadened my knowledge about slipcovers and the different methods of creating a slipcover.

The methods that were introduced were: Face out w/ welt (stitch in the ditch), Face out – no cord, Measurement Method, Half pin pattern.  I can see how each method lends a place when creating a slipcover.  I will be using these methods throughout my continue practice.

This program worked well for me to push myself to learn new methods, explore different fabrics and tips.  I could work at my own pace with guidance from you.   I liked the fact that after I did a project we could discuss what went well and what didn’t.  Then you always added some great tips and tricks to make the next time go even smoother.

Thank You,
Diana Hershey
DBH Designs in PA

Before starting the Slipcover Professional Certification Program, Diana was evaluated to find out which level of certification she would be placed via her past experience and formal training. She also kept a notebook, with photos and samples of fabrics for all projects accomplished. Here is what she accomplished (not perfected) for the course.

Methods of Slipcovering includes:
Reverse Pin (CHF – Fit Like a Glove)
Face out w/ welt (stitch in the ditch – Karen Erickson)
Face out – no cording (Pat Reese) Method
Measurement Method ( Angie Knowles)
Half pin pattern (Jon French)

Zipper, Velcro, ties,buttons

Furniture Styles and Fabrics

Wing Back Chair in a plaid, Sunbrella fabric.  Reverse pin fit

Camel back Sofa; includes making an under-slip and wool twill tape, fabric was a light weight Toile and could not be railroaded.  METHOD: Reverse pin fit.

Reading Chair in twill fabric; matched pin tuck design and buttons from original chair. METHOD: Reverse pin fit

Living Room Chair; oversize with scroll arm and tucked to fit.  Twill and velvet was used, cording and invisible zipper closure. METHOD: Reverse pin fit.

Living Room Sofa to match above chair. Twill was used.  The twill fabric was pre-washed and ironed. Cording and lapped zipper Closure.  METHOD: Reverse pin fit

Sofa – Plaid fabric, zipper closure, with skirt.  Tucks around the arm curved for a better fit. Lapped zipper closure on the left back corner.  METHOD: Reverse pin fit.

Parsons Chair – 2″ pleated skirting. Tone on tone brown Sunbrella fabric with a block design.  METHOD: Reverse pin fit

Ottoman – Twill fabric was used. I Prewashed and ironed before fitting.  Added a pleated skirt at the corners and cording at the top and middle of ottoman. METHOD: Reverse pin fit

Slipcover seat for a cane seat chair. Added decorative trim beading around edge.  Used Velcro for the closure, as I did not want to draw attention to the closures. Method: Measurement Method

Open Arm Chair – I used a stripped chenille fabric.  The fabric was thicker than I had realized but went ahead and completed the project. The top of the chair back was wider than the base.  I inserted a lapped zipper on the left side.  I used cording to finish the cording around the open arms.  I did not use cording anywhere else. I used Velcro to secure to the slipcover to the bottom of chair.

Barrel Chair – Used an upholster weight fabric and it turned out to be thick to work with.  It took me 3 attempts to fit the IB.  1st attempt I reversed pinned.  It was too tight of a fit to fit the curve of the IB.  2nd attempt – Face out with welt cording, again no success.  3rd attempt – reverse pin.  I worked from the bottom up and was able to get an ok fit.  I added welt cording.  Once I added the detached cushion I was able to smooth the IB out to make it look really good.  Inserted a zipper on the left curve.  Attached bottom with Velcro.



Certified Slipcover Professional

by SNorg on 12/05/2012

Certified Slipcover Professionals who have achieved 2 levels of Certification, can now let the world know that they are certified with the “certified slipcover professional” logo.

Slipcover Professional Certification Program involves many hours of slipcover hands on training, exploring various methods and techniques plus learning more about appropriate fabrics types for customers uses.

Find out if becoming a Certified Slipcover Professional is for you.  Learn more at http://slipcoverprofessionalcertification.com


What’s New at The Slipcover Network?

January 25, 2012

click here to read in a live feed

Read the full article →