This is the picture diary of the restoration of a modern wingback armchair, to its finished look above. The client's choice of contrasting piping works subtly but adds a definition to the chair.
The pictures show:
1. the chair stripped back ready to reupholster
2. the re-enforcement of the seat platform with new jute webbing - this was also covered in a calico platform cloth.
3. the sewing and fitting of the seat front
4. the re-enforcement and refreshing of stuffing on the arms
5. the hand sewing of the wings
6. the sewing of the single piping in contrasting piping, showing the sewing of bias piping
7. machining the single piping
8. making the pattern for the arm fronts
9. pinning and sewing arm pieces for fitting on the seat arms
10. re-enforcement of the seat back
11. chair completed, with hand stitched back, ready for cushion
12. finished chair with new foam/feather cushion, with zip opening and piped edge.
Andrea Austin, upholsterer and tutor of Plush Upholstery