Get Ready for the Spruce Book Tour!

Book tour classes are now open! We’ve been working our buns off planning the most exciting road trip in Spruce history, the book tour! Thanks to Storey Publishing, our phenomenal hosts and hostesses, and future book tour students (we hope that’s you!), we’ll be packing our bags and loading up the Sprucemobile for three fun-filled weeks!

November adds 10 new cities to Spruce’s satellite classes: Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Asheville, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Atlanta, New Orleans and Houston. And we’ve teamed up with the best boutiques, teaching centers, and bookstores throughout these cities to host book signings, parties, lampshade and bench classes. Here’s what you can expect so far.

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We’re kicking it all off with a book launch party in Austin at Mockingbird Domestics on Friday, October 25!

Monday, November 4: Classes and book party at Oil and Cotton in Dallas, TX
Tuesday, November 5: Signing at Booksellers of Laurelwood in Memphis, TN
Wednesday, November 6: Classes and book party at Prop Cellar in Memphis, TN
Thursday, November 7: Book party at Me & Mrs. Jones in Memphis, TN
Friday-Saturday, November 8-9: Classes and book party at Fort Houston in Nashville, TN
Saturday, November 9: Signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN
Tuesday, November 12: Signing at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN
Wednesday, November 13: Class at Oddfellows Antiques in Asheville, NC
Wednesday, November 13: Signing at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC
Thursday, November 14: Class and book party at Furbish Studio in Raleigh, NC
Friday, November 15: Class and signing at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC
Monday, November 18: Signing at Eagle Eye Books in Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, November 19: Upholstery for Designers class and signing at ADAC in Atlanta, GA
Wednesday-Thursday, November 20-21: Classes and book party at Modern Market in New Orleans, LA
Friday, November 22: Class at Metamorphose in Houston, TX
Friday, November 22: Signing at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX
Monday, November 25: Signing and demonstration at BookPeople in Austin, TX

Phew! I’m exhausted just typing that! And here’s a little tidbit about the classes we’re offering on tour.

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Lampshade Class

Turn your favorite fabric into your favorite shade during this 3-hour class! Students mount the fabric of their choice to lampshade paper then custom fit and glue the paper to metal rings. Finishing touches of paper tape and velvet/ribbon trim complete the assembly. Class includes all materials to complete a 12″ diameter by 12″ tall drum shade and a signed copy of the book, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. Just bring 1 yard of your favorite fabric!

bench class biggerBench Class

From wooden substrate to finished bench, students pad, staple fabric, and attach tapered legs to complete a 16″-deep by 48″-long bench during this 4-hour class. Class includes all materials and a signed copy of the book, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. Just bring 2 yards of your favorite fabric!

Spruce class giveaway

As a special treat, we’re entering all of our roadies into a contest. The winner will be chosen at random from our list of class registrants on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Noon CST and will receive an upholstery hand tool kit (valued at $225) and $125 gift certificate for fabric from Spruce’s Top 20 Fabrics of the Season! (Shipping of hand tool kit included to continental US only. No returns or exchanges. Winner must claim prize within 2 weeks of notification or another winner will be chosen. Contestants who cancel their class registrations are disqualified from the contest.)

If you’re up for a little traveling or live in one of these cities, we really hope you’ll join us in November! And Austinites, we can’t wait to see you at the book launch party, at BookPeople, and in the store soon! Remember to pre-order your copy of the book or get it at stores everywhere on October 22!

For more details about the tour or to register for a class, visit the Book Tour Class Registration page.