As we come towards the end of this term, there is a concerted effort to get projects finished off:
Lisa has put the fabric on the outside of the arms of her 1930's armchair - the fabric is looking great. Lining it up has presented its challenges and it is wool so has the tendency to stretch. But, the finish is impressive - I love it!
Quite an exciting stage for Jayne, as the top fabric goes on her Bergere sofa. I love the choice - ticking style linen fabric, with a red stripe through it. It goes perfectly well with the choice of annie sloan paint, and looks very French ... tres joli.
Linda has finished her pin-cushion elbow chair - a remnant from John Lewis suits this chiar s well - to think it had red draylon and a pompom styled trim on before which totally detracted from the pretty shape of the chair. Looks amazing now.
Suzanne battles away with her 1930's swing chair - it is all hand sewn as the frame is iron. Not one for the faint-hearted! I think the choice of Designer Guild fabric is perfect. .. seat is almost finished. Looks easy, but to get a good finish when it is all hand sewn is very very tricky.
Natasha has finished this very pretty little footstool. The fabric is a John Lewis remnant - great to pick up the odd fabric margin.
And new student Katia, an interior designer, is ripping off the fabric and stuffing on these mock Victorian dining chairs - off with the pink draylon, on with something far more tasteful I am sure with Katia's eye for good design.
Coming this August .. beginner upholstery day class:
Price: £60.00 plus materials
Dates: Tuesday 6, 13, 20, 27 August.
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Woodford Community Centre
Numbers: maximum 4 students
We are delighted to be offering a series of day classes, at the beautiful Woodford Community Centre, in Woodford. Situated just off the A34 near Handforth Dean, it is ideally placed for Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire.
Working on the same basis as the popular weekly classes, students are invited to bring their own upholstery projects and tuition is on an individual basis, with each student being taken through the steps required to progress their project.
With small classes, of no more than 4 students, and a full days tuition, students should really be able to progress their project. All tools are provided, and all materials needed to undertake your renovation project are available to purchase.
The centre has ample parking, close to the hall, and there are kitchen facilities for lunch, and coffee and tea (biscuits and cake too) are provided during the day to keep up your energy. You will need to bring a project that can be transported to and from the class that day.
If interested, please email me.
Lots and lots going on this week:
Jo is completing the box cushion to go with her beautifully renovated Parker Knoll chair, fabric by Clark and Clark.
Jayne is tying down the springs on the front edge of the sofa - complicated but rewarding work.
Sue has a new project - also a Parker Knoll armchair. She has chosen a modern Harlequin fabric to suit the period of the chair - bottom right hand corner.
Jenny is working hard to progress her wingback armchair - in pink chenille.
Clarissa also has a Parker-Knoll to renovate - she had chosen a strking Jane Churchill fabric.
Emma has finished her first upholstery project: a footstool finished in linen.
Hilary battles on the her deep-buttoned headboard, with a modern box buttoning.
Andrea has made amazing progress on her 1930's Danish rocker - seat on, just need to fit the seat back and it is ready to be enjoyed. She has chosen a wool/tweed, in a colour that is sympathetic to the period.
Karina has started a traditional upholstery project - here she has applied the webbing to the seat base.
Louise has finished the inside wings - all those lines require careful treatment! They
The first upholstery and painting masterclass was held this weekend, in conjunction with Zoe Rigby of Agapanthus Interiors and Sian Astley, property renovator, of Moregeous blog, at the Northen tennis club in Didsbury.
Eight lucky ladies were treated to an intensive workshop showcasing traditional upholstery skills, and furniture painting techniques with annie sloan chalk paints.
The sun shone, the coffee flowed, and the banter flowed even more. There were paint colours to choose, waxing techniques to consider, hammering to master, fabric to pick, upholstery techniques to apply ... all in one day.
Having arrived and been introduced to their projects for the day; a vintage dining chair; the students undertook a complete restoration of the chair including using paint techniques to change the colour and upholstery skills to reupholster the seat pad. With a short break for a wholesome lunch and homemade cake they worked hard to finish their projects. At the end of the day the students took their lovingly restored projects home to enjoy them further.
New skills were learnt, friends made, and some time taken for oneself most importantly!
It was a busy and informative day for all - we at Agapanthus, Plush and Moregeous thoroughly enjoyed the day and we cannot wait to plan the next one. Hp
My first entry: welcome to the weekly update to the Plush Upholstery website. If organised enough, I hope to include photos of current projects, what's happening on the upholstery courses and anything else of interest.....
Andrea Austin, upholsterer and tutor of Plush Upholstery