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 πŸ˜‰

 

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.

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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 πŸ™‚

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

 

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Porthole for murpworks Afloat

I’m currently working on a porthole illustration for murpworks Afloat

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My inspiration is taken from one of the portholes on the narrowboat we’re going to be living aboard, with a little bit of artistic licence thown in. I want to use the porthole as a window on the world we’ll be living in, looking out into imagination.

Porthole - Mirrlees Reflection image

murpworks Afloat Animations

My aim is to have a series of animations play in the window. I’m currently throwing ideas around and trying to come up with a list. It’s exciting to be at the start of a new project. I’m going to continue using Smith Micro‘s Anime Studio 11 for the animating bit.

I’m also updating the murpworks logo and it will also incorporate the porthole.

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Sewing Patches

Sewing patches of denim together for the patchwork cushion

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I’m actually managing to make some progress now compared with here

 

Ringing in the Changes

I’ve decided that the denim is going to be too heavy for a quilt (rp would end up leaping out of bed, in the middle of the night, with cramp!) so I’m probably going to make a cushion.

I reserve the right to change my mind about this sometime in the future. Tune back in later on to see how it turns out πŸ™‚

 

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Seeing if the Narrowboat Measures Up?

Just seeing if it measures up

Seeing if it Measures Up? image

We went up to Whilton Marina to see our narrowboat this weekend. It was very cold but I managed to do some measuring up. This is me in the Galley, I’m just checking that there will be enough space for rp to do the washing up πŸ™‚

It Measures Up

We’ve bought a sink (see blog), it’s smaller than the one you can see here so hopefully it will give us a bit more space. We’ve got big plans but we’ll probably live with most of what we’ve got to start with. I’ve since bought a new tape measure because the one I was using wasn’t long enough and another one I had, was stuck in its shell! The minute we got back, I found other things I wished I’d measured (its always the way).

It’s important to get it right as I’m hoping to turn this into my floating studio.

 

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New Sketchbooks Today

I bought some new sketchbooks today – Moleskine Plain Journals

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Shiny and new

These will be used; one for new card ideas and the others for general sketching. They’re shiny and new – but not for long…

Sketchbooks

I’ve been tempted by other brands but I wanted to maintain a continuity. A significant amount of my other sketches are in Moleskines.

You can never have tooo many πŸ™‚

 

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Trying to Make Something Out of Nothing

I’m trying to make something out of nothing

RP and I are moving onto a narrowboat. We’re in the process of buying it at the moment. The waiting‘s not easy.

 

I’m No Square

One of the things I’m busy with at the moment is making something out of nothing. I’m taking all RP’s old (and not so old) jeans, cutting them up into squares and then i’m going to patch them together which is going to make a cover. This cover will form the basis for a visitor’s bed. Obviously it will have to have some substance so I’m also busily scouring the web for some foam that I can have cut into shape. There will be 3 pieces that will stack but ingeniously lay out into a bed when required. I also need foam for the Dinette as it needs replacing.

'Something' Denim Squares II image

 

Convince Me of Something

RP’s not convinced as yet, not just because I’m cutting up all his jeans (he says he needs new ones anyway), he needs to see what it will look like. Patience!

I was originally going to make a quilt cover with the denim but I think it’s going to be quite heavy so, I’ve adpated my approach πŸ™‚

 

Template

I’ve been using paper to make my squares but I need to make a more robust template; thin metal or maybe even wood. That’s the next thing on my To Do list. I can then hopefully push on and make a bit more progress.

Now, where did I put that pair of RP’s jeans?

 

'Something' Denim Squares - mu image
A stitch in time…

 

You can follow our adventures of buying a narrowboat at Tales from the Bilge

 

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I’m Working on a Range of Cards

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It’s on the cards

I’m working on a range of cards, well several actually. The first range is a flower for every month of the year. They are drawn, then inked, then coloured. The photo above shows an advance look at January – Snowdrops. Each card in the range is a plant of the month in terracotta pots.

Exciting Times

A thing I have to think about is moving my ‘Studio’ (such as it is) to a narrowboat as we’re purchasing one and moving onto the canals – exciting times. You can follow the progress over at Tales from the Bilge where rp is currently up to his virtual neck in oil and grease but hopefully not water.

At The Helm image
Me at the helm!

 

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