Monthly Archives: April 2018

Upholstery Classes – Sessions 5 – 6

Attended upholstery classes – sessions 5 – 6 the last two Tuesdays

Out with the staples – in with the stitches!

I seem to have swapped staples for stitches. I’ve been blanket stitching hessian into the form of the chair. It takes a lot of stitches.

Hessian

Sessions 5-6 - Hessian Seat Cover image
Hessian

Hessian is a natural product made form Jute or Sissal fibres of the corresponding plant and potentially combined with other fibres to make a rough cloth. I am using this to cover the springs and form the base of the seat in the chair.

Blanket Stitch

Sessions 5-6 - Blanket Stitch image
Blanket stitched

The blanket stitch helps reinforce the edge of a thick material and is ideal for use on the hessian seat fabric. I used a ‘Traditional’ version of the stitch.

After much stitching, I got to bunch clumps of coir, wedging them under giant stitches made in the hessian and then ‘massaged’ it into an even, non-lumpy mass. I then had to cover this with the softest felt I’d ever felt, to form a smooth interface between what will be chair and posterior 🙂

Sessions 5-6 - Coir - before image
Before ‘massaging’
Sessions 5-6 - Coir - after image
After ‘massaging’

The chair once again is starting to take shape and look like a functinal seat again.

I have to get my skates on – the narrowboat will soon be ready and the day of departure is fast approaching…

A soft seat

 

mu

 

Hanami – A Simple Illustration

Hanami

Hanami illustration image

Cherry Blossom

Hanami is the Japanese custom of enjoying flower blossom and it is a big tradition in Japan. It is especially centered around Cherry tree blossom which is known as Sakura. Plum blossom (known as Ume) is also part of the custom but it is the spectacular display of the Japanese Cherry – Prunus serrulata, that captures my and so many other people’s imagination, around the world. The trees flower between the months of March and May.

Schrodinger

Above is my illustration of Schrödinger contemplating Sakura. I created it a long time ago now but after seeing Tomoo Ichigami‘s video Sakura, I thought I’d dig out my illustration and post it in my blog.

rp drew my attention to the Sakura video as he’s been pouring over video’s of filmmaking for inspiration. He’s going to be documenting our life aboard a narrowboat.

Schrödinger is my character from Schrödinger’s Coffee House; a simple comic strip I illustrated way back in the mists of time – some old sketches can be found here.

 

mu

Sketching – On Screen and Off

Sketching – on screen and off…

On Screen image

I’ve been busy sketching again – on screen and off screen

I’m trying to find a way of working which combines both watercolour and digital media. I don’t want to work purely in the watercolour medium as, although this will give me something tangible to sell, it is the digital aspect which is going to allow me to promote my work. It will allow me to offer animation, based upon watercolour to prospective Patreons.

This is important, moreso as we move onto our narrowboat – very soon. The sketch above is one based in the garden where we currently reside, sketched on screen and off and features a bucket – I see it as easing me in to being by the water – one bucket at a time 🙂

Check back and see how I’m getting on.

 

mu

 

Upholstery Class – Session 4

Attended Upholstery Class – Session 4 last Tuesday

No more staples – hurray!

So I worked out the knot for my springs (see Upholstery Class – Session 3) and managed to obtain what I hope is a comfortable platform to sit on. Just like before, time flew past so as Tuesday comes around again, I will have to get my skates on.

I’ve been spending some time thinking about fabric. I have a length I am going to use for a cushion

Session 4 - fabric II image

It’s a Classic Velvet Christie Colour I by Utopia – Art of the Loom.

I now have to seriously think about the fabric I need for the actual chair.

Tomorrow’s session will hopefully get me to the point where I start to pad out the chair but I suspect the time will fly by once again.

 

mu