As so many small businesses and crafters, I will not be able to work as normal during the next few weeks of the coronavirus measures. I have stopped my classes for the time being, and I will not be able to start new commissions for some time. However, I am very happy to continue advising people on future upholstery work, help to look for the right fabric etcetera. So please do get in touch, and hopefully not too long from now, I can assume business again as usual!
Traditional upholstery is quite a process as you can see from these pictures! Before I can upholster the top fabric, there are lots of stages to go through. I started by stripping the old upholstery and sanded / waxed the show wood. Then I put the new webbing on, sew on the springs, lashed the springs tight and covered them with hessian stitched in place. After this, I add handfuls of fibre and teased them out evenly for the first stuffing. With a layer of hessian over this, I then stitched the edges for shape and firmness. A second layer of stuffing goes on top, followed by a layer of wool wadding. Then a wool interliner continues to give the seat shape. The back of the chair was made with hessian, a layer of black felt and polyester wadding. Then I was ready for the top fabric! I used an Emerald green velvet by Linwood for the seat and inside back, and a linen print from GP& J Baker for the outside back. Quite a transformation!
I’m very excited to see the Scottish interior showcase tomorrow! https://www.scottishinteriorsshowcase.co.uk/ It is a trade event for interior design and it will showcase the latest collections in fabrics and accessories. I have visited this show several times now and it’s a certainly a feast for the eyes. There is such a great variety of fabric designs and I love to have a good feel – it’s so tactile! I am hoping to find new sample books and learn more about which upholstery fabrics are available, so that I can give my future customers a great choice of upholstery fabrics for their piece of furniture.
I’ve had another great leisure class day today- Three very enthusiastic students, keen to transform their project and learn something new. Marion brought two delicate pin-seat chairs, Moira wanted to learn how to upholster a drop-in seat with traditional materials, and Elise brought a family heirloom rocking chair. Whilst the sun was shining, rain pouring down and wind howling, all three of them worked hard but had nice chats and fun too. I loved it!