Category Archives: Upholstery

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

 

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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.

 

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Upholstery Class – Session 3

Attended Upholstery Class – Session 3 this Tuesday

I got to the session this week but guess what? I forgot my glasses! I had to feel my way around the chair via the staples, by hand. Yes, there were still more to remove (see last week’s blog). Will this ever end?

Session 3 - upholstery II image

Spring is in the Air

The weather was better and it almost felt like Spring was in the air. Just for a few hours, then it had gone again. Chased off by the Beast from the East’s younger brother no doubt.

Talking of spring, that was my next task after I had finally pulled the last staple. I had to start lashing down the springs which involves untying and re-seating them. They are a bit lumpy. They are however, tied down with a complicated knot, which I tried to fathom out but it got the better of me (especially without my glasses).  Even a bit of internet search afterwards did knot help this time.

Anyway I left, knot knowing whether I would be able to lash the springs down. A thorny problem I’ll leave until next week.

Now, where did I put my glasses?

(They were in my bag the whole time – I never actually forgot them 😖*)

 

*Emojipedia – confounded face

 

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Upholstery Class – Session 2

Attended Upholstery Class – Session 2 this Tuesday

Well! What can I say? I’d heard of Deja Vu but this was ridiculous! I went down to the shop/studio at Sweetman and White Tuesday morning, all keen to get stuck into the upholstery. I was greeted by the lovely Claire, met my fellow upholsterers, picked up where I had left off from last week, stopped, looked around and the session was finished! And guess what? I was still removing staples from out of the chair!

Upholstery III image

It turns out that the chair I am re-upholstering is built entirely out of staples! I don’t think there is any upholstery in it…

Upholstery I image

Tempus Fugit

Time just flies. That was Session 2 over! However, with this in mind it was suggested I take the chair home this week and remove 1 or 2 staples in readiness for the next session. If I hadn’t, the course would be over and I would still be taking staples out 😉

I purchased a staple taker-outer and I’ve since removed a lot more staples. I should have it licked into shape in time for next week’s session. Then, I can hopefully get onto something a bit more taxing and interesting.

Upholstery V image

Material Gain

I’ve chosen and purchased some material for a cushion that is going to take pride of place on the chair. I have an idea  for the fabric I want to cover the chair in but I’ll leave that until my next post. It can be the big reveal.

(It will make a change from staples 🙂 )

Session 2 - upholstery IV image

[Upholstery Class – Session 1]

 

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Upholstery Class – Session 1

I’m back from my first upholstery class!

I have signed up for an upholstery class, locally in Warminster at Sweetman and White with the lovely proprieter Claire Matthew, who is passionate about upholstery. It’s a ten week course, of ten sessions and I’m going to use it to re-upholster a chair I have.

 

Laura Ashley

The chair in question is a small Laura Ashley Slipper chair, bought in 1987 in Bath. It’s currently covered in a Sugar Pink/White striped fabric that’s quite jaded and so needs a new lease of life. It’s currently deeply buttoned, piped and has got a valance.

 

The smudges you can see on the seat are the children’s hand prints from when they were very little. They used to pull themselleves up by it and balance, eating a rusk or two. So it’s for treasured memories this chair makes it aboard the narrowboat 😉

 

First Steps

Today being my first session and I had to transport the chair down to the shop premises. Luckily, I can leave it there for the period of the course , so I don’t have to keep bringing it backwards and forwards (which is good, as it’s quite bulky to carry).

It’s going to be a long process, today I spent most of the time removing the staples that had been used attach the valance and hessian underneath the chair. I did however find an original ticket detailing the chair’s details.

Upholstery Class - Slipper Chair - receipt image

I’m going to add it back where I found it when I cover it in the new fabric

 

Upcycle

The chair is going to live aboard our narrowboat. It’s going to be part of the Upcycle – a re-use of things we own, re-purposed for life afloat 🙂

Upholstery Class - Slipper Chair III

I’m currently thinking about what type of material to use (it needs to be a bit thicker, more hard-wearing) and what colour it should be (the pink is too twee, I need something less bedroomy) . I’ll leave that for another update though, when I’ve made up my mind.

Well, that’s all for this post but don’t forget to check back each week to follow my progress.

Now where’s that material catalogue…

 

 

Did you know that the word upholstery comes from the Middle English word; Upholder and points to a repairing of furniture rather than making from new – thank you Wikipedia

 

MU